Anxiety and Depression
Anxiety disorders are a group of mental disorders characterised by excessive feelings of anxiety and fear. People with anxiety often experience significant physical symptoms such as a racing heart, sweating, shaking and rapid breathing. There are various forms of anxiety disorders such as generalised anxiety disorder, phobic disorder and panic disorder. While each has its own characteristics and symptoms, they all include symptoms of anxiety.
Depression can be characterised by a pervasive and persistent low mood that is often accompanied by a loss of interest or pleasure in normally enjoyable activities. Clinical depression can adversely affect a person's work or school life, their relationship with friends and family, sleeping and eating habits and general health. It can also lead to a sense of hopelessness.
How can Kate Meads Associates help?
If you are experiencing mild to severe anxiety and or depression, an assessment from KMA will focus on how your symptoms are affecting your life and preventing you from living your life as you wish. This could include something specific such as returning to or remaining in the workplace, travelling on public transport or avoiding activities that you used to enjoy. However it could be a more generalised decrease in your overall functional ability meaning you struggle to get up in the morning as your symptoms seem to take over.
At the start of an assessment our therapist will need to have a detailed, but sensitive conversation with you, focusing on both your strengths and the areas where you are experiencing problems. To assist this process, our therapist may utilise a variety of tools and strategies dependent on your needs.
As our focus at KMA is on helping you improve what you are able to do each day, our assessment will pay particular attention to your daily routine, including the roles you have, for example, being a parent or employee. This will enable us to understand the impact your symptoms are having on your life and work with you to identify realistic and achievable goals to increase your functional performance and your overall quality of life.
KMA will produce a detailed, yet accessible report of your assessment. The report will provide a summary of the barriers that get in the way of you fulfilling your roles and routines as you wish and make a number of recommendations that might help. We aim to get the report back to you within 10 working days of the assessment.
Therapies and treatment for depression and anxiety
Our therapists at KMA are highly trained and experienced - they are passionate about providing evidence-based interventions to improve your functional performance. Each treatment plan will be individual, underpinned by occupational therapy philosophy, taking a person-centred and strengths-based approach. Our ultimate aim is to help you achieve your goals and improve your functional performance.
Your therapist will work with you to understand triggers, barriers and established strategies you currently use, some of which may not be that helpful in the longer term. She will also help you to learn and put into practice techniques that help control your symptoms as well as allowing you to focus on your roles and routines. These may include:-
- Anxiety management techniques
- Behavioural activation
- Personal goal setting
- Establishing a Wellness Recovery Plan
- Self-soothing techniques
- Crisis management
Do you or someone you know have difficulty…
- Managing or performing day to day roles/responsibilities either at home, work or school?
- Achieving a work/life balance?
- Managing fatigue?
Please contact one of our occupational therapists on 01264 326308 for a free “no obligation” telephone consultation to discuss your needs and find out how we may help.
View our Anxiety and Depression Case Study