Overview of some of the past and current presenting issues


Anxiety affects many of us and has varying degree's of impact on an individual.Anxiety is a diagnosed condition and may be catagorised by excessive worry, Intrusive thinking, dis-organised thinking patterns. Some of the physiological symptoms may include Muscle Tension, fatigue, Sleep deprivation, restless and irritability.


Depression is more than just a passing blue mood, a "bad day," or temporary sadness. The most common symptom is a low mood that can sometimes appear as irritability. Often the person with depression is not be able to enjoy activities that he or she normally enjoys. With major depression, there is a profound sadness or a sense of despair. The symptoms of major depression are defined as lasting at least two weeks, but usually they go on much longer. Other types of depression may have more subtle symptoms. For example, dysthymia, now known as persistent depressive disorder, is less severe than an episode of major depression, but usually lasts longer. Many people with this disorder describe having been depressed as long as they can remember, or feeling as though they go in and out of depression all the time. Symptoms can include: irritability negative thoughts feeling unusually tired feeling hopeless feeling overwhelmingly sad being frequently on the verge of tears self-loathing having difficulty focusing feeling unmotivated wanting to be left alone having unexplained, minor aches and pains losing empathy with others


Bereavement is the period of sadness and loss you feel after a loss. The loss can be due to several things, including divorce, death, or moving away. The length of bereavement can depend on age, reason, support systems, anticipation of loss, and closeness to the person. Which reactions are examples of bereavement? Grief may be experienced as a mental, physical, social, or emotional reaction. Mental reactions can include anger, guilt, anxiety, sadness, and despair. ... Mourning may be described as having the following 3 phases: The urge to bring back the person who died. Disorganization and sadness. Reorganization.

Attachment Issues

Understanding Attachment Issues Avoidance of eye contact. Avoidance of physical contact. Rejection of touch or attempts at emotional connection. Frequent, inconsolable crying. A tendency to self-comfort. A lack of interest in toys or interactive play. What are the signs of attachment disorder? Signs and symptoms may include: Unexplained withdrawal, fear, sadness or irritability. Sad and listless appearance. Not seeking comfort or showing no response when comfort is given. Failure to smile. Watching others closely but not engaging in social interaction. Failing to ask for support or assistance. What are the 4 attachment styles? Four styles of adult attachment Secure – autonomous; Avoidant – dismissing; Anxious – preoccupied; and. Disorganized – unresolved.

Trauma on the Mind and Body

The Mind/Body Connection Suffering traumatic stress can affect your emotions as well as your body and the two are so connected that it can be hard to tell the difference. For instance, traumatic stress can cause you to lose concentration, forget things, or have trouble sleeping. It may be difficult to determine on your own whether these symptoms are because you do not feel well physically or because you are still upset. Traumatic stress also can lead you to eat in unhealthy ways or to eat foods that are not healthy, and those eating patterns can affect how you sleep or how your stomach feels. Stress can cause headaches, but the pain from the headaches can also make your stress worsen. Because the body and the mind work in concert, traumatic stress can cause a cycle that makes it seem like the body and mind are working against one another, worsening symptoms like pain and fatigue.