Sometimes, everyday life causes too much stressMoving to a new home, being in unfamiliar surroundings, changes in health, or even making new friends are everyday situations that can be stressful. For someone suffering from anxiety or depression, these situations can cause severe unrest. With anxiety or adjustment disorders (this may be an unfamiliar term, but we’ll explain below), it is not uncommon to see withdrawal or isolation, which can have a major impact on emotional wellbeing and cognitive function, not only for the individual, but for the caregivers and the family.
AnxietyAnxiety is a normal emotion experienced by everyone. However, when anxiety turns into excessive, unrealistic worry or fear (usually related to an event or an unknown outcome of an upcoming event), it becomes a disorder. Physical symptoms include sweating, tension, rapid heartbeat, tearfulness, difficulties breathing, dizziness, and chest pains.
Adjustment DisorderAdjustment disorders arise when someone faces a major life event and has trouble adjusting and coping with the change. To name just a few of these events, which can be either positive or negative, are a new baby in the family, the death of a loved one, or job loss. In our older population, loss of independence, medical issues, and moving into a new home or facility are common causes of adjustment disorders. Symptoms look much like those of depression and anxiety: hopelessness, sadness, worry, tiredness, sleep problems, withdrawal, and isolation.
What can be done?Talk therapy can help you find peace and normality when you feel like you’ve lost control. It is particularly helpful when dealing with isolation and withdrawal so that you can get back to enjoying friends and family. Being social and active are great ways to maintain a happy and healthy self, both physically and emotionally, but if your feelings are keeping you from engaging with life, family and friends, you may need to first work with a counselor to get you to a point where social engagement appears attractive.
There are many forms of talk therapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy and psychoanalysis, but all help to acknowledge negative thoughts and feelings and work through them by changing ways of thinking and learning coping behaviors.
A Wiser Mind therapists can help navigate through trying, confusing, and overwhelming times to help you find peace and comfort. We will give you the tools to manage stress and worry on your own and will be your biggest supporter as you journey from one stage in life to another.
Explore wiser ways of finding your peace, rebuilding connections and elevating the quality of life for yourself or someone in your care. For more information, visit our provider and client pages. To take the first step to a better life, visit our get started page or if you wish, please contact us or call 888-982-9899.