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Counseling for Depression

Depression does require medication.

If you suffer from depression, and your doctor has prescribed an antidepressant for you, you will find that, in about three weeks, you are able to function in your life again — even while taking the medication.

Depression MedicationUnfortunately, this gives people a sense of “I’m all better now” that isn’t quite true. You see; depression does require medication, but it also requires counseling. Without proper counseling, you will never get to the root of the problem — what is causing the depression. The medication will not make that go away — it only deals with the symptoms of depression.

Counseling is needed to deal with the cause of the depression.

Counseling for depression may have two parts. The first part may be traditional therapy so that the counselor can help you to discover what the problem is, in the event that you do not already know. Sometimes depression has no visible cause. Other times, it may be caused by a physical condition that does not need any counseling at all — the depression lifts when the condition is treated.

So, traditional therapy may be needed, but that will usually be followed with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBTCognitive Behavioral Therapy essentially teaches you a new way of thinking — a new way of looking at or approaching a problem, — something that enables you to deal with the problem in a more constructive, timely manner. Once the problem that is causing the depression is taken care of, the depressed state lifts.

CBT can take anywhere from 12-20 weeks. Furthermore, depending on the severity of your depression, your doctor may not feel that counseling should be sought until the medication prescribed has a chance to work. On the other hand, he (or she) may think that the depression warrants immediate counseling. This varies from one individual to another.

Note that most therapists are not licensed to prescribe medication. That requires a medical doctor or a psychiatrist.

Anxiety and Depression

Many people don’t realize that anxiety and depression can go hand in hand.

Anxiety and Depression - Hand in HandYou may think that it isn’t possible to feel “anxious” if you are feeling “depressed” or vice versa, but it is entirely possible, and it happens more often than you think. A person may be experiencing prolonged depression that is coupled with feelings of anxiety at certain times or in certain situations. In fact, anxiety can lead to depression, and depression can lead to anxiety.

Would you be surprised to find that 90% of people who suffer from depression also have symptoms of anxiety? Many of these people suffer from General Anxiety Disorder, or GAD. However, you should not assume that you do suffer from GAD if you have symptoms of anxiety and depression at the same time. Only a trained doctor will be able to determine that.

Think about the symptoms of depression, and then note the symptoms of anxiety. Both problems include symptoms of fatigue, headaches, muscle aches, and muscle tension, along with other symptoms. So, how can you determine whether you have depression, anxiety, or both? You must visit your doctor and report all of your symptoms to him or her.

Your doctor will note your symptoms and your overall physical condition. He or she will most likely ask questions concerning your personal life to identify what may be causing depression or anxiety. He or she may refer you to a counselor for further diagnosis, as well.

The good news is that both depression and anxiety can be treated, and treatment is available even if you are suffering from both anxiety and depression. The crucial thing is to get treatment as soon as you realize that a problem exists. The sooner you are treated, the sooner you can get back to living your normal life.

The Age of Anxiousness

We appear to have entered the Age of anxiousness…

We’re living in extremely trying, and hard times and matters don’t seem to be getting any easier. Occasionally life may seem terribly painful and unjust, yet for some reason we manage to battle on, daily, hoping and praying that matters will soon get better.

The world seems to be a more stressful, crazier and less settled place to live in. Nothing appears safe any longer. Millions of individuals are in record levels of debt. Several are losing their jobs, their homes, their wellness and occasionally even their sanity. Bipolarity, depression and anxiety, seams to have become a way of life for way too many individuals.

Many problemsWe appear to have entered the Age of anxiousness. The ceaseless stress and doubts of living in the 21st century have for sure taken their toll. Switch on the news or open a paper and we’re bombarded with distressing images and stories. We start to wonder if we’re safe anyplace. In this, the info age, never before have we had such access to so much information.

Another stressor is the economic system. A lot of Americans are in debt and so is our country. Lofty gas prices, exorbitant housing costs, even the cost of food has sent a lot of Americans to work in jobs that are disappointing and frustrating. They work these jobs as they require a paycheck.

Now, instead of work in a dream career, it’s more crucial to bring home the bacon.

Having more women in the workplace adds to the tension. Numerous women feel they have to be everything to everybody, and that includes a paycheck earner, home keeper, mother, wife, daughter, and sibling. The only trouble with that is a few women just don`t make any time for themselves, therefore, contributing to their stress levels representing an all-time high.

Even youngsters may feel the pressure of stress and anxiety. Adolescents who want to go to college discover themselves pushing themselves during their studies to attempt and get scholarships so they may attend schools that have ever increased tuition prices.

On top of all that, they discover themselves having to hold down part- time jobs to make money for extras that their parents can no more afford. Add peer pressure into the mixture and you’ve got a veritable pressure cooker! Cells, internet, palm pilots, blackberries, and i-pods – we’re always on the go and forever approachable.  We don’t make time to unwind and enjoy life any longer. Why not? We surely should!

If stress is induced by us not feeling in control of a state of affairs, the answer is to attempt and reverse this, and find that control.

The good news is: you are able to! You’ve everything inside you that you require to overcome your stress and the accompanying anxiety. The issue is, as we feel so out of control at the time, that we often don’t realize it. But the tools are there you simply have to use them.

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