Anxiety is one of the most common psychological challenges New Yorkers face. The city is a high-intensity environment presenting numerous daily stressors. However, when a pattern of persistent stress develops, normal moments of being overwhelmed may develop into an anxiety disorder. People who suffer from anxiety typically report symptoms like excessive worry, irrational expectations, irritability, inability to relax, insomnia, headaches, tiredness, or muscle tension. If you've struggled with an anxious pattern of thinking for much of your life unrelated to any specific trigger, you may have Generalized Anxiety Disorder. If bouts of anxiety are more episodic, you may be struggling with Panic Attacks.



Depression affects nearly 3 out of every 10 adults in the United States. While everyone can experience moments of sadness or a "bad mood" that passes over time, depression is a condition that you cannot easily recover from on your own. The combination of emotional experience as well as often biological components make "pulling yourself together" or simply "being more positive" difficult to do. Symptoms of depression generally include feeling sad, sleeping too much or experiencing insomnia, loss of interest in life and changes in weight. You may also feel a lack of energy, difficulty concentrating and trouble engaging regular life activities. 

Common forms of depression are major depressive disorder, seasonal affective disorder, dysthymia and bipolar disorder.

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder in which an individual often develops a pattern of unwanted repetitive thoughts or behaviors (rituals) that are intrusive and difficult to overcome. Entertaining the thoughts or behaviors can provide temporary relief however failing to perform the rituals may cause intense anxiety. 


Panic Disorder is characterized by the reoccurrence of panic attacks that are often unexpected. A panic attack is a form of anxiety when a you experience sudden, intense moments of fear accompanied by sweating, palpitations or a pounding heart, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, or feeling dizzy among other symptoms. During a panic attack you may feel as though you are dying or losing control with no explanation of what triggered the feeling of panic. Despite the severity and intensity of a panic attack, panic disorder can be effectively managed usually though cognitive behavioral therapy. 


People who suffer from low self-esteem have little regard for themselves and can easily slip into feeling depressed or tolerating poor relationships or situations based on low expectations for their own self-care. Developing an accurate view of self, that neither undervalues your personhood or over inflates your importance, is critical for leading a balanced and healthy life.