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Anxiety and Depression Therapy in Beverly Hills

How we choose to see the world deeply affects our attitude and how we perceive the world around us. When we see ourselves as separate from others, we feel anxious, depressed or disconnected. Fear, anxiety, inner tension, and stress are internal behaviors occurring only in your mind.

Although you may have been trained to react fearfully in varying or specific situations, mindfulness based cognitive behavioral therapy educates you to retrain your nervous system by becoming more aware of the present moment, changing your thoughts, and moving your muscles. This trains your nervous system to create new neural pathways that override the fear/tension response. Mindful awareness (often called “mindfulness”) allows us to use the present moment as an opportunity to become more conscious of what is actually occurring rather than looking regretfully into the past or fearfully into the future.

Many times, fears are linked to specific things or events. It is not the event we actually fear, it is the sensation. By practicing changing our thoughts, moving our bodies, and evolving our consciousness, we can learn to overcome our fearful reactions as well as choosing healthier responses. Everyone experiences some of the symptoms of anxiety from time to time—perhaps as a vague, unsettling feeling that arises in the face of certain demands or challenges in our lives (i.e before a speech, interview, test, deadline, or performance). It may be mild and for a brief duration with no lasting consequences. On the other hand, the symptoms might be as strong as manifesting in disturbances such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, rage /excessive anger, or other symptoms that might appear only at certain times as evidenced by social anxiety disorder or phobias.

Sometimes symptoms manifest themselves as physical symptoms as well. Severe anxiety, on the other hand, can be extremely debilitating and have a serious impact on your life. When symptoms reach such a level that an individual’s functioning is impaired by lack of sleep, strained relationships, poor performance, or diminished physical health it may be time to identify what is no longer working. If an individual is truly ready to transform their mind, they must find the willingness to realize that “there must be another way.”

Symptoms of Anxiety Can Include:

  • Preoccupation with the past or future and what might happen
  • Agitation
  • Insomnia
  • Change in Appetite
  • Feelings, terror, or panic
  • Rage and Anger
  • Avoiding certain situations that trigger fear or anger

Depression Therapy in Beverly Hills: From Depression to Joy

Everyone occasionally feels sad, but these feelings are usually short-lived and pass within a couple of days. When you have depression, it interferes with daily life and causes pain for both you and those around you. Depression is a common but serious illness. Depression can be mild or severe—ranging from a low feeling to weeks of grieving to the deep kind of depression that can last for years.

Many people with a depressive illness never seek treatment, but in truth becoming sick of sickness can be seen as an opportunity for real change. The majority, even those with the most severe depression, can get better with mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which involves developing a meditation practice of mindful awareness or “mindfulness”. CBT and meditation can greatly improve the symptoms of depression as well as anxiety by evolving our consciousness, choosing to change our thoughts, and moving our muscles in order to become more present, mindful, and realistic.

The power to choose determines our experience. If we believe the world is dangerous and imperfect, we seek constantly to attack and defend. We can learn to overcome our habitual reactions and respond in a way of joy and peace. If we are to truly transform our anxiety into freedom and depression into joy, we must find the willingness to believe that “there must be another way.” A psychotherapeutic relationship that teaches the practical application of CBT and mindfulness is the way for such healing. The path to inner peace always begins with you.