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If you believe you may have any of these conditions, you are not alone.  Some of the conditions include obsessions (unwanted thoughts) and compulsions (feeling compelled to do certain things repeatedly).  If you experience anything on this list enough that if disrupts your daily life, please call 619-952-2810 to see if we can work together to provide real relief. 

Do you have Depression?

  •     Do you feel consistently sad, anxious or “empty”?
  •     Do you have feelings of hopelessness or pessimism?
  •     Do you feel guilty, worthless or helpless?
  •     Have you lost interest in things that used to give you pleasure?
  •     Do you feel tired, with decreased energy or fatigue?
  •     Do you have difficulty concentrating, making decisions or remembering?
  •     Is your sleep disrupted with either too little or too much sleep?
  •     Are over or under eating?
  •     Do you notice yourself being restless or irritable?
  •     Do you have physical symptoms like head and body aches, or digestive problems

Do you have PTSD?

  •     Have you experienced or witnessed a life threatening event that caused intense fear, helplessness or horror?
  •     Do you re-experience the event by repeated, distressing memories or dreams. Do you have the feeling that you are reliving the event over? Do you have intense physical or emotional distress when you are exposed to anything that reminds you of the event?
  •     Do reminders of the event  cause you to avoid thoughts, feelings, or conversations? Do you find that you avoid activities, places or people who remind you of the event? Do you notice that you blank on important details about the event?
  •     Since the event, have you lost interest in significant areas of your life? Do you feel detached from other people? Do you have a sense that your future is shorter than it was before?
  •     Do your feelings seem more restricted than what they used to be?
  •     Are you newly bothered by sleeping problems, irritability or angry outbursts?
  •     Do you have trouble concentrating, or frequently feel “on guard?”
  •     Do you have a “hyper” startle response, or startle easily?
  •     Have any of the above symptoms lasted more than one month?
  •     On more days than not, are you sad or depressed? Worthless or guilty?
  •     Do you or someone close to you worry about your use of alcohol or drugs?

Do you have social anxiety?

  • What is the difference between normal anxiety and Social Anxiety?
  • With normal anxiety, you can feel anxious before making a presentation, leading a meeting or asking someone new out.  With Social Anxiety, people will avoid a new attractive person they want to meet or turn down a promotion because it might involve public speaking.
  • With normal anxiety many people feel shy or awkward when walking into a room full of strangers. With social anxiety, you can feel too anxious to attend an office party with people you know and like.
  • Normal anxiety involves feeling nervous or “having butterflies “ before a blind date. Social anxiety involves refusing a social invitation for fear of embarrassment.
  • Do you sometimes feel so nervous that you have a pounding heart, trembling, shortness of breath, choking, chest pain or nausea?

Do you have OCD?

  •     Do you worry about dirt, germs and contamination?
  •     Do you wash and rewash your hands to avoid exposure to germs?
  •     Do you seem overly concerned with order, arrangement and symmetry?
  •     Do you arrange or order objects in a very specific way?
  •     Do you check and recheck objects, information or situations?
  •     Do you fear harm or danger to a loved one or yourself?
  •     Do you repeat a word, phrase,  or activity?
  •     Do you have intrusive words or thoughts or sounds?
  •     Are you overly concerned with religious rules or rituals?
  •     Do you save or hoard useless items?
  •     Do you fear losing something valuable?
  •     Do you count objects, such as steps?
  •     Do you seek reassurance or do things until they seem just right?

Do you have GAD?

What is the difference between normal anxiety and GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder)?

        With normal anxiety, you worry about a specific event such as a school test, a work dispute, or medical problem. With GAD, there is constant, chronic worry causing significant stress which interferes with social relationships, work school or family.
        With normal anxiety, most of us have difficulty sleeping, eating or concentrating when faced with a job loss, divorce or death. With GAD, there is an edginess, irritability, insomnia, and difficulty concentrating more days than not for no apparent reason.
        With normal anxiety, muscles can  ache, there is tension and tiredness because of a stressful day at work or sitting to long at a desk, and argument with a meaningful person. With GAD, restlessness, muscle aches and pain, and fatigue not related to a specific physical or emotional concern lasting for more than six months.

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