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New Outlook Counseling E-Newsletter

In our journey through life, we often encounter emotional ups and downs. However, when feelings of despair or relentless worry overwhelm us, they may be signs of deeper mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression. At New Outlook Counseling, we understand the complexity of these emotions and the importance of recognizing their signs early. This knowledge is a critical first step towards seeking help and finding a path to recovery.

Anxiety is more than just feeling stressed or worried. It’s an intense, excessive, and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. These feelings can interfere with daily activities, are difficult to control, and are out of proportion to the actual danger. Common symptoms include:

• Restlessness or feeling wound up or on edge
• Being easily fatigued
• Difficulty concentrating or having your mind go blank
• Irritability
• Muscle tension
• Difficulty controlling feelings of worry.
• Sleep problems, such as difficulty falling or staying asleep, restlessness, or unsatisfying sleep

Depression, on the other hand, affects how you feel, think, and handle daily activities. To be diagnosed, symptoms must be present for at least two weeks. These may include:

• Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
• Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
• Irritability
• Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
• Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
• Decreased energy or fatigue
• Moving or talking more slowly
• Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
• Appetite and/or weight changes
• Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
• Difficulty thinking, concentrating, or making decisions
• Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause and/or that do not ease even with treatment.

Recognizing these signs in ourselves or our loved ones can be challenging, yet it’s crucial for healing. It’s important to remember that anxiety and depression are not signs of personal weakness or a condition that can be willed away. People with these conditions need professional support and treatment to improve.

At New Outlook Counseling, we provide compassionate care, integrating therapeutic practices with a holistic approach to wellness. Our team believes in early intervention and the power of understanding the unique needs of everyone. If you or someone you know is struggling with signs of anxiety or depression, we are here to offer support.

Seeking help is a sign of strength. Together, we can uncover the sources of these feelings, work through them, and move towards a more hopeful outlook on life. Remember, no one should have to face these challenges alone, and New Outlook Counseling is committed to being a supportive partner in your mental health journey.

Contact New Outlook Counseling today at 203-743-4412 or email [email protected]. To learn more about how we can help you or your loved ones, visit