Life can be difficult, even in the best of times. There is no shortage of external factors hanging over our heads, causing stress and anxiety. Work and school obligations, family responsibilities, tragedies, grief, trauma, personal relationships, world events and more can all weigh on us, and eventually make us feel like we’re not ourselves. Of course, sometimes we can feel this way for no good reason at all.
The good news is you’re not alone if you feel this way – studies show that more than 40 million Americans of all ages suffer from anxiety while roughly 20 million deal with depression. The better news is you don’t have to go on feeling this way. There are treatment options available to you.
My name is Dr. Neil Carter and I’m a licensed therapist in Plymouth, MA. with more than 35 years of experience working with adolescents, adults and seniors. I attended Boston University, graduating in 1986 and am licensed with the State of Massachusetts.
I offer both family and individual counseling and treatment for anxiety and depression and accept patients of all genders and ethnicities. My practices accepts a wide variety of insurance carriers, including Aetna, BlueCross and/or BlueShield, Cigna, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Medicare, PacifiCare, TRICARE, United and Value Options
An important aspect of my treatment is I make a distinction between bio-chemically based and emotionally based depressions. Knowing which type of depression you’re dealing with is key to finding the proper treatment. Some of the symptoms of these will be the same: feeling sad, empty and hopeless, losing interest in hobbies and other activities, not sleeping well, lack of energy, loss of temper control, loss of appetite, suicidal ideations and more.
However, there are important distinctions as well. Bio-chemically based depression is the more common of the two and is a recurrent illness that affects about 8% of men and 15% of women. This illness, commonly known as clinical depression, is quite serious as it kills roughly 15% of those who never receive treatment. Additionally, about half of those who suffer from their first depressive episode will have another within six months if they do not receive treatment. It’s a long-term illness that requires consistent treatment.
Emotionally based depression tends to be caused by difficult circumstances in a person’s life and is generally a short-term issue. Generally, this type of depression involves difficulty coping with a major change or traumatic event in life such as loss of a loved one, divorce or a major negative career change. People who suffer from this type of depression will have many of the same symptoms as those who have been diagnosed with a biochemically based depression. Usually, emotionally based depression can be resolved in one to three sessions.
Meanwhile, anxiety is something that nearly all people feel at some point. But when you feel it for no reason or it starts to be so consistent and serious that it affects your life, then it’s a problem. Symptoms can include feeling nervous and restless, increased heart rate, sweating, trembling, the feeling of impending danger, weakness, trouble sleeping and more. This can also be treated with anxiety therapy and counseling.
Don’t let your anxiety and depression wreak havoc on your life. If you feel anxious or depressed, don’t hesitate to call me at (781) 422-4654 to begin treatment.