Anxiety & Depression

Anxiety is a normal, if unpleasant, part of life, that can affect us all in different ways and at different times. Unlike stress that comes and goes as the external factors causing it comes and goes, anxiety can often persist whether or not the cause is clear.  The essential feature of anxiety is excessive anticipatory worry. at an intensity that can be out of proportion to the likelihood  of the anticipated event. The excessive worry typically occurs more days than not for a period of at least six months.

Common Symptoms can include:

  • Restlessness or feeling keyed up or on edge

  • Easily fatigued

  • Difficulty concentrating or mind going blank

  • Irritability

  • Muscle tension

  • Sleep disturbance


Depression often accompanies anxiety and ranges from mild to severe. Its onset can result from a variety of causes and symptoms that persist for weeks or months interfering with your work, family and social life. The essential feature of depression is a period of two weeks or more during which there is either depressed mood most of the day nearly every day or loss of interest or pleasure in nearly all activities.


Common symptoms include:

  • Low mood

  • Significant weight loss when not dieting or weight gain and changes in appetite

  • Insomnia  nearly every day

  • Psychomotor agitation or retardation nearly every day

  • Fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day

  • Feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt

  • Impaired ability to think or concentrate, and/or indecisiveness

  • Recurrent thoughts of death, recurrent suicidal ideation without a plan, or a suicide attempt or suicide plan


"If you know someone who's depressed, please resolve never to ask them why. Depression isn't a straightforward response to a bad situation; depression just is, like the weather." —Stephen Fry,

Here at Psympatico we treat the causes of Anxiety and Depression. Please call for a discussion.