Anxiety & Depression

Mike’s Story

“It feels like I have the flu. Do I have the flu?” Mike rolled over in bed and pulled the covers up over his head. He’d felt fine yesterday. What was going on today? He didn’t have a fever and wasn’t coughing or feeling sick. He just felt overwhelmingly fatigued and sad.

“I don’t want to get out of bed,” he said. “I’m going to call in sick.

Sarah’s Story

Across town Sarah was standing in front of her closet, paralyzed with indecision about what to wear. For some reason her usual t-shirt and jeans didn’t feel right. She worked from home and nothing about today was different, but she just felt anxious–not like working. That feeling was becoming more common, almost a pattern. And she couldn’t put her finger on why it was happening.

“Why this sudden anxiety?” she asked, staring at her sneakers peeking out from under a pile of dirty t-shirts. “I need to find something to do to get me back on track – but what won’t make me nervous? I know what I ought to be doing; I just can’t seem to get myself to do it.”

Sarah walked over to the window to check on the weather. It was sunny, bright, and clear. “So why do I feel like my heart is going to beat out of my chest? You’d think a hurricane was about to hit.” She shook her head and hugged herself. “I’m so overwhelmed. I don’t know why. It’s not like I have that much to do, but I feel like the whole world just crawled up on my shoulders and said, ‘Fix me.’”

Does either of these scenarios sound like you?

You’re not alone.

Have you ever suddenly felt paralyzed with fear?

Have you felt or started feeling anxious without knowing why?

Our bodies know what’s going on with us long before we do.

Sometimes the anxiety and depression is dietary or hormonal, seasonal or situational. Sometimes it’s a harbinger of a more serious illness. Sometimes life just catches up with us, and we’re not sure how to respond.

Whatever the cause, feeling stuck or completely overwhelmed physically and emotionally is a hard place to be.

But it’s very common.

When a day, a week or even a month feels paralyzing, it’s difficult to know what to do or where to start our troubleshooting so we can get back to feeling better.

How I can help.

While I don’t prescribe medications, I will work with you on other methods for handling the challenges of anxiety and depression.

With your permission, I’ll also work with the provider who is prescribing your medication.

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Photos: Artist and photographer Ann Cheeks