What is Depression & Anxiety?

Depression and anxiety are two of the most common mental health diagnoses in the world. Over 264 million people are affected by depression worldwide and more than 40 million Americans are affected by anxiety disorders. Most people experience difficult situations that lead us to feel sad, lonely, or scared. These feelings are normal reactions to life's stressors. However, in the case of individuals who are diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder, they can be much more severe.

What Causes Depression?

We work closely with clients to identify the root cause of mood disorders. Multiple stressors can result in depression however, this is a manageable disorder that can be effectively treated with the right interventions. The following are some causes that are often linked to depression.

  • Major life changes such as a death in the family, getting fired, or the end of a relationship
  • Underlying conditions including thyroid and autoimmune diseases
  • Chemical imbalance or genetic predisposition

What Does Treatment Involve?

Central Iowa Psychological Services offers comprehensive mental health services to help children and adults living with mood disorders. We utilize evidence-based treatment and therapy models informed by the most up-to-date research. Our tailored plans include individual, group, and family therapy, behavioral therapies, psychological evaluations, consultation services, and medication evaluation and management.

Symptoms of Depression & Anxiety

Decreased energy or ongoing fatigue

Difficulty concentrating or making decisions

Pain, aches, or cramps without any clear cause

Changes in appetite or weight

Difficulty sleeping

Feeling guilty, worthless, or helpless

Loss of interest in activities or hobbies

Ongoing feelings of sadness, anxiety, or emptiness

Feeling hopeless or pessimistic

Anger, irritability, or restlessness