Tricia Ace, MFT - Psychotherapy
San Francisco, Walnut Creek
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist,  #MFC34714
220 Montgomery St., Ste. 318, San Francisco (Financial District)
39 Quail Court, Ste. 305, Walnut Creek (Downtown)
510/205-4748
email: tacemft@gmail.com
Common symptoms of depression, anxiety, grief

Depression, anxiety, grief, and relationship problems are a difficult but unavoidable part of life.  Often, we get past the pain – we grow – without outside help.  But sometimes, the difficulties persist, causing unhappiness to ourselves and others.  This can happen when current circumstances stir up unresolved or conflicting feelings of which we are not consciously aware.  Often these symptoms are rooted in past experiences, especially childhood trauma and neglect.

I might be able to help if you:

  • experience difficulty making or sustaining relationships or are repeatedly drawn into unhappy partnerships
  • find it hard to come to terms with a life change such as leaving home, relationship loss (for whatever reason), a change in physical health, marital or economic status, or place of residence
  • lost a loved one, recently or long ago, and are feeling stuck in your grieving process or in another, seemingly unrelated, aspect of your life
  • feel anxious and sometimes unable to cope or pursue certain activities
  • feel unmotivated, and unable to find enjoyment in interests or social activities
  • experience an underlying sense of sadness or dissatisfaction
  • lack confidence or feel you are not adequately fulfilling your potential
  • experience conflict as a result of being bicultural, or living in a culture other than your family’s
  • are experiencing doubt, conflict, or distress about something you don't wish to discuss with people you know


The following symptoms checklists are intended for personal screening and educational purposes only and make no claim as to accurate diagnosis any mental or emotional disorder.  If any of these conditions seem overwhelming or persist for longer than you're comfortable with, you might find psychotherapy helpful.


Depression
Depression is extremely common, affecting up to twenty percent of the population at some point during their life span. Depending on the cause, severity, and duration, It may be relatively easy to improve with psychotherapy alone.

Symptoms may include:
  • Feeling sad, empty, tearful, and/or hopeless.
  • Lack of interest and pleasure in most activities
  • Significant increase or decrease in apetite
  • Sleeping too much or not enough
  • Feeling agitated or slowed down
  • Spending too much time in bed and/or isolating
  • Lack of energy
  • Feeling worthless or guilty
  • Difficulty concentrating and/or making decisions
  • Thinking about, planning, or attempting suicide
  • Preoccupation with death in general

Anxiety
Anxiety is an unpleasant affect with both physiological and psychological symptoms.

Physiological symptoms include:
  • rapid shallow breathing, shortness of breath, lightheadedness
  • increased heart rate
  • muscle tension, sweating, trembling
  • abdominal distress

Psychological and emotional symptoms include:
  • feelings of dread, impending doom, powerlessness
  • hypervigilance and alarm
  • excessive worry about things in general
  • a sense of doubt, vagueness or subjectivity about the nature of the threat
  • excessive fear of or discomfort in social situations
  • avoiding social or performance situations for fear of embarrassment

Grief
It is never easy to deal with the emotions associated with losing a friend or loved one. Grief can also result from other kinds of losses including life transitions, relocation, job loss, or illness. Grief is a normal response to loss, but sometimes the feelings go on for too long or affect our ability to function, connect with others, and enjoy life. Sometimes an unresolved grief from long ago may cause problems later, during stressful or challenging times. Having a strong support system, someone you can talk with who is not emotionally involved, is helpful during these difficult times.

Possible feelings after the death of someone close (or other loss) may include:
  • confusion
  • guilt
  • anger
  • depression
  • numbness and shock
  • feelings of alienation
  • trouble eating or sleeping
  • tightness in the throat and chest
  • lack of energy and loss of interest
  • difficulty breathing