Unlike normal fear, anxiety is a state of alarm without an observable or even rational threat. Your heart beats faster, your palms sweat, you can’t sleep, and you may not know why. By helping you develop self-knowledge, psychoanalytic psychotherapy often finds the hidden source of your anxiety. With this new knowledge, you’ll develop conscious methods to deal with anxiety, restoring your ability to live without debilitating worry.
Many people don’t realize that unconsciously they often use depression to dampen anxiety. Depression is a lack of enthusiasm for life. Depressed people lose interest in pleasures, like eating; they have difficulty concentrating, and making decisions. They often feel sad, empty, hopeless, worthless, and helpless. Whatever its origin, depression responds well to psychoanalytic psychotherapy.