I believe that depression and anxiety are usually a “normal” response to an “abnormal” condition or experience. For example, if you grew up in a highly conflictual family, you may have developed depression as a way of disengaging from the conflict and finding your own brand of peace and quiet. Often what was a helpful way to cope as a child no longer works for us as adults and we need to find new ways of being in the world and dealing with stressors.
Sometimes we internalize unhealthy beliefs about ourselves that all the positive affirmations in the world won’t help us let go of. Some examples are “I’m not good enough,” “I’m unlovable,” or “Something bad is going to happen to me.” When a holistic approach (involving the body, mind and spirit) is used, it is possible to change these self-defeating beliefs and free yourself from the anxiety and depression they lead to. We all have an innate wisdom and ability to heal… I can be your guide to help you find your healing.
Anxiety and depression can grip us with feelings and behaviors like worry, panic attacks, crying, hopelessness, worthlessness, and irritability. You may find that life doesn’t feel worth living, you aren’t enjoying things like you used to, or you have trouble sleeping or can’t get out of bed. Compulsive behaviors, restlessness, or isolation sometimes caused by depression and anxiety can also make us feel isolated from those most important in our lives.