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  • Anxiety and Mood Disorders

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    “All great changes are preceded by chaos.” – Deepak Chopra

    Sometimes it feels like our emotions are running our lives. Like anxiety or depression are the drivers of the car and we’re only passengers.

    The good news is therapy is incredibly effective at treating anxiety and depression, and often is even more effective than psychiatric medication. This is because therapy teaches you how to manage the underlying cause of your moods rather than simply treating the symptoms.

    If you want to get back in the driver’s seat of your life, therapy at Riverside Psychology is right for you.


    Would you describe yourself as a worrier? Are you often tense, irritable, and struggling to relax? Do you find yourself avoiding the people, places, and things that stress you out? You may be struggling with an anxiety disorder.

    Common Symptoms of Anxiety:

    • Feeling tense, nervous, on edge
    • Focusing on what you’re worried about and struggling to think about anything else
    • Avoiding situations that may trigger anxiety
    • Intrusive or obsessive thoughts
    • Irritability
    • Feelings of being danger, panic, or dread
    • Difficulty sleeping (insomnia)
    • Difficulty concentrating or mind going blank
    • Rapid breathing or hyperventilation
    • Sweating


    Do you feel like your mood is lower than ever before? Like the things that you used to enjoy aren’t nearly as fun as they used to be? Does it sometimes feel hopeless or like things will never get better? It’s possible you may be in a depressive episode.

    Common Symptoms of Depression:

    • Feeling down most of the day
    • Loss of interest in things that used to interest you
    • Sleeping too much or not nearly enough
    • Low energy
    • Feeling physically slow or agitated
    • Feeling worthless
    • Excessive guilt
    • Difficulty concentrating
    • Thoughts of death (other than fear of dying)
    • Significant weight loss or gain

    For more information on how we treat anxiety and depression at Riverside Psychology, check out the cognitive behavioral therapy tab (CBT). If you’re ready to kick your mood disorder out of the driver’s seat, contact us today.