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"The most important learning is to expect and accept mistakes and deal with the disappointment that they bring."

-Mr. Fred Rogers


There are many mental health concerns people present with and each person’s struggle is unique to them.  Common concerns I see in my practice are anxiety, panic and depression. Below is more detailed information about these difficulties to help you understand what may be going on with you. 


Everyone experiences anxiety and fear.  These feelings help alert us to danger and keep ourselves safe.  Anything in its extreme form is ineffective.  When anxiety has become overwhelming and distressing, it’s beneficial to reach out for support.  Anxiety is problematic when it impacts your social, work or academic functioning.  If you are having difficulty engaging with the world around you because of your fears, gaining ways to cope can relieve your distress.

Take inventory of your symptoms. If you are experiencing the following, then you may be experiencing elevated anxiety:

  • Excessive worrying 

  • Sleepless nights

  • Disturbed appetite 

  • Irritability 

  • Difficulty concentrating 

  • Feeling demotivated 

  • Discomfort in social situations 


If you have ever experienced panic, then you know it can be scary and overwhelming. Panic attacks are the body’s fight-or-flight response kicking in to help us flee or defend ourselves from danger.  This response becomes problematic when it begins to go off when there is no real danger. Panic attacks peak within 10 minutes and leave your body feeling completely drained.  Even if you don’t experience full-blown panic attacks, your body may be experiencing physiological reactivity to stress.

Take inventory of your symptoms. Perhaps your body is reacting to anxiety and stress. The following are some common physical reactivity symptoms: 

  • Increased heart rate

  • Difficulty breathing 

  • Chest constriction 

  • Choking sensation

  • Muscle tension 

  • Sweating 

  • Dizziness 

  • Numbness in fingers and toes 

  • Feeling the world around you isn’t real 

  • Trembling or shaking 


Feeling sadness is a natural human emotion.  It’s when you feel stuck in that sadness that it becomes problematic.  Chronic low mood can be accompanied with a loss of interest in things you usually enjoy such as socializing, hobbies, and exercise.  If your sadness feels like a raincloud dampening your relationships, professional life and/or academics, then reaching out for help may be beneficial. 

Take inventory of your symptoms. The following are common symptoms that accompany depressed mood:

  • Feeling tired throughout the day

  • Disturbed appetite 

  • Increased or decreased sleep patterns

  • Moving more slowly 

  • Feeling fidgety and on edge 

  • Difficulty concentrating 

  • Difficulty making decisions

  • Having thoughts of self-harm