You have been prescribed medication for your anxiety and depression but the missing element of your treatment may be counseling. Medication can assist in restoring emotional stability but comprehensive mental health treatment typically requires both medication and counseling. Many people find that one without the other just isn’t enough.
Counseling can assist you in dealing with the issues that you are facing. Many of your emotional reactions make sense given the experiences that you have endured. Your anxiety attacks may stem from these recent traumatic experiences.
A therapist can teach you how to deal with anxiety in a healthy way. Problems are part of life. Expect them and learn how to deal with them. Counseling would be the perfect opportunity for you to learn these important and necessary problem-solving skills.
In the meantime, it would be helpful for you to document your symptoms. Keep a journal. The more information a therapist has about your symptoms, the easier it will be to help you. I hope you consider counseling. I think you will be glad you did. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle