Depression and Anxiety

"Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live." ~Dorothy Thompson

Anxiety and depression are linked, with one disorder often impacting or exacerbating the other. Depression clouds thinking and causes one to view all aspects of life in a negative way. Negative thoughts can create anxiety about situations and things that were not previously feared. Meanwhile, the fears associated with anxiety can lead to depression.

Psychotherapy is an integral part of the treatment of anxiety and depression, sometimes with medication. Recognizing that the mind is the key to recovery from anxiety or depression, Mr. Cagan employs cognitive and behavioral therapies with his clients, achieving great success in long-term alleviation of symptoms. Relaxation techniques (including deep breathing, muscle relaxation, etc.) are self-help strategies Mr. Cagan teaches his clients to use outside of therapy to prevent or reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression in their daily lives.

While most common forms of anxiety are not considered serious, severe anxiety is an affliction that can cause significant emotional pain and negative life experiences. Severe anxiety disorders may include general anxiety disorder, panic attacks, phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. These and other forms of anxiety and depressive disorders require treatment, including medical evaluation. If left untreated, anxiety and depressive disorders can be debilitating, resulting in substance abuse, withdrawal from society, and even self-harm.

Note: Anxiety and depression often manifest differently in children than in adults. If a child is experiencing behavioral difficulties at home, at school, or with friends, or if they are having a hard time transitioning from one activity to another, it is possible that they may be actually expressing unspoken fears and concerns associated with anxiety and depression. These behaviors must not be ignored.