I am a clinical psychologist with more than 25 years of clinical experience working with adults on spectrum of emotional challenges.
Clinical Psychologist in Berkeley, CA
Clinical depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with everyday life for weeks or longer. The origins of clinical depression are biological, psychological, and social. Depending upon each individual, effective interventions can include expressing your thoughts and feelings, evaluating your home situation, work life, and social relationships, and/or assessing the potential need for medication.
Codependency is a self-defeating pattern of behavior - a tendency to act in overly passive, caretaking and controlling ways that can cause resentment, negative impact on your relationships, and diminish your quality of life. It is simply too little focus on your own needs and too much focus on caring for others. The first steps in overcoming codependency are to become more aware of your needs, to learn your true value, and to take responsibility for creating an enriching and satisfying life.
Anxiety can be caused by your genetic makeup, traumatic experiences, or behavior learned during your childhood. If you respond to basic stresses by worrying excessively or feeling extremely upset and anxious, you might have a genetic predisposition to anxiety. Or you may have had a parent who overprotected you in their efforts to keep you safe, resulting in your continuing apprehension. There are two options for treatment: (1) Cognitive-Behavioral therapy (CBT), or (2) Insight-oriented methods.