Few people can say nowadays that they live a totally stress free life. You may or may not be having panic attacks, but you might be experiencing an increase or loss in your appetite, insomnia or unrestful sleep, persistent thoughts, nervousness or feelings of being overwhelmed. Stress reduction exercises can easily be incorporated into even the busiest life. I would be happy to give you some information on your specific type of anxiety and work with you to institute some lifestyle changes that would make you a more calm and happier individual. Talking through many of your stressors and fears can make a world of a difference.
Researchers are now looking at evidence that anxiety can contribute to relationship distress. Likewise, relationship conflicts can contribute to anxiety disorders. If it seems like a vicious cycle, it is. Here is an article (somewhat technical) that explains the relationship between anxiety and conflicts with others: here.
About 20% of people become clinically depressed at some time in their lives. I am pleased to share that in the vast majority of people, depression is very treatable! There is no reason not to get the help you need. Symptoms of depression include: feelings of intense sadness, crying/tearfulness, feelings of hopelessness, lack of motivation, difficulties sleeping, weight loss or a change in eating behaviors. Some people find it helpful to talk to a trusted friend or pastor, but that is not possible or helpful for everyone. It is generally a good idea to see a professional if these feelings and behaviors have persisted for two weeks or more . No thoughts of harming yourself or suicide should be taken lightly. Life circumstances and genetic makeup often come into play, and it can be very helpful to get some counseling to help get you going again.
There is a growing body of research that considers depression as a social disorder. It makes sense to consider the attachment significance to symptoms of loneliness and isolation on mood. Certainly, when we are having difficulties with a loved one this can lead to depression. For more information on this, you may want to check out this article recently published in Noozhawk: here.
Many people feel cautious about medication and fear they will need a prescription. I do not prescribe, but I may be able to help you decide if a trip to your physician or a psychiatrist would make your life easier. I work in conjunction with several area psychiatrists who know that medication alone is not usually as effective as in conjunction with psychotherapy (talk therapy). In many cases, talking through your problems and strong support may be all you need.