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Recognizing Stress & Anxiety And When To Consider Counseling Services

Counseling Services

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 16 million Americans are affected by depression every year. Furthermore, an astounding one in six adults will suffer from depression or related disorders such as stress and anxiety at some point in their lives. While the numbers are high, it also means that it is normal to come to terms with your stress and anxiety before it weighs you down. If you feel as if stress, anxiety, or depression are ruling your life, maybe it is time to consider professional counseling services. Here we will discuss recognizing the signs and symptoms, the benefits of therapy, and how to afford counseling.

Recognizing The Symptoms

There are no universal symptoms to identifying if you are suffering from stress, anxiety, depression, or some combination. Here are some of the most common signs people cite when struggling:

Emotional Symptoms

  • Feeling overwhelmed or out of control
  • Difficulty relaxing or quieting your mind
  • Feeling lonely or worthless
  • Avoiding friends, family, or work

Physical Symptoms

  • Lack of energy
  • Frequent headaches, body pains, or tense muscles
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Nervousness and shaking

Cognitive Symptoms

  • Unable to focus
  • Constant worrying
  • Racing thoughts
  • Disorganization

Benefits Of Counseling Services

Our counseling services provide a myriad of benefits that focus on the areas where you need the most concentration. Our expert therapists not only provide an open ear and ready support but also offer to teach you valuable skills to combat stress, anxiety, and depression, such as problem-solving skills, healthy coping strategies, and management techniques. Through these methods, you will not only be more likely to manage your symptoms but also grow as a healthy, happy human. According to the National Network of Depression Centers, 80% of people treated for depression begin to see signs of improvement in four to six weeks of seeking counseling services. Like symptoms, the benefits people gain through therapy and counseling are very personal but can include:

  • Learning skills and techniques to manage stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Identifying and replacing negative thought patterns
  • Separating real and unreal thoughts
  • Learning how to use skills in real-world situations
  • Improving communication skills for better relationships
  • Increasing self-confidence and self-worth
  • Using acceptance and mindfulness to cope with unwanted thoughts and feelings
  • Taking responsibility for your thoughts and actions
  • Helping treat the possibility of future symptoms

Payment Options For Counseling Services

One of the most common reasons people do not seek out counseling services is because they assume that it is expensive. While that may be the case for some centers, Fifth Street Counseling Center collaborates closely with you to find affordable treatment with us. We accept Medicare, Medicaid, many commercial insurance plans, and flexible payment options.

About Fifth Street Counseling Center

We understand that counseling is not beneficial with a “one-size fits all” approach. That is why we provide custom counseling methods for families, couples, individuals, and adolescents suffering from stress and anxiety. With our journey-focused approach to counseling, we offer a safe space for all our clients to focus on learning the skills they need.

The Florida Behavioral Health Association noted in a 2018 study that 61.7% of people living in Florida suffering from Any Mental Illness (AMI), including stress, anxiety, and depression, did not receive any form of treatment. This statistic places Florida 44th when it comes to receiving counseling services and treatment in the United States. It is time to change that. If you are ready to take the first step to manage and overcome your stress, anxiety, or depression before it weighs you down, call Fifth Street Counseling Center today at (954) 543-5201.