Everyone gets “the blues” from time to time, but if you find yourself feeling hopeless and unhappy for more than a few weeks, or if anxiety has become hard to escape, it’s likely time to get help from a psychotherapist.
Similarly, stress is a part of life – unavoidable and with us to varying degrees on most days. But if stress has become overwhelming, getting help may be needed to get life back on track.
Warning signs of depression include:
- A general sense of hopelessness
- Chronic low energy and low motivation
- Moodiness and irritability
- Insomnia – or the reverse, spending too much time in bed.
- Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
- Changes in appetites for food, alcohol or sex
- Aches and pains that lack a physical source
- Suicidal thoughts or feelings.
Signs of anxiety may be:
- Worrying thoughts
- Insomnia or interrupted sleep
- Chronic muscle tension or indigestion
- Compulsive behaviors
- Discomfort in social situations that feel like stage fright or intense self-consciousness
- Excessive self-criticism or low self-esteem; perfectionism.
For some people anxiety shows up as panic attacks in situations like crowded spaces or driving in traffic. Psychotherapy can be very effective in treating these problems.
What about medication? I’m not a physician and do not prescribe medication, but I can help you understand how medication works and evaluate if it might be helpful in your situation. If you are looking for ways to get relief from depression or anxiety without medication, I can help you explore lifestyle changes that can support health and balance.
I invite you to browse through the Articles section of my website for insight on topics that might be of interest to you. You can also find links of interest in my Resources section. An online screening for depression can be found here.
I’d like to help you create and sustain a life that works for you. I limit the number of clients I work with so I can provide each person with the best possible care and attention. My intention is to keep us focused on your goals, which helps make therapy more effective.
I work out of a home office in the Virginia-Highland area of Atlanta, just off Freedom Parkway. It’s a convenient location that is quiet and provides a supportive setting for our work together. I invite you to explore my website, and I’d welcome contact from you with any questions, or to set up a time to begin working together.
Hours by appointment only.
John R. Ballew, M.S.
537 Linwood Ave., NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
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Whether you've worked with a therapist before or are exploring counseling for the first time, you probably have questions. It is important to have the information you need to make a good decision when selecting a therapist. I welcome your questions -- about your specific situation, about me or about my approach to therapy. Making things better can start with an email, or you can call me at (404) 874-8536.