Have you been exploring the possibility of depression counseling? Depression is a medical and emotional illness that influences young and old, rich and poor. It taps the shoulder of men and women alike. It may be chronic or merely episodic. Depression is global, indiscriminate toward race, has no cultural limitations, comes dressed in a myriad of dark colors, and often appears dreadfully unique. If it has hurt you once in the past, it can hurt you again. Struggles with depression are common for clients with various mental health concerns. The good news is that depression counseling and treatment works.
Even though depression is complicated and life-encompassing, finding a sense of normalcy is possible. Depression is rarely, if ever, a one-issue illness and its treatment must be comprehensive. It most often encompasses social, relational, occupational, financial, spiritual, emotional, and medical facets of life. More simply stated, depression touches every part of you. To be effective, treatment must target the troubled areas of living. If it has damaged you physically, medical intervention may be necessary. If it has weakened you socially, depression counseling must help strengthen your relationships. Going to the hospital for a few days when you are suicidal is vital, but it is not treatment for depression. An overnight stay in the psychiatric ward doesn’t solve problems, target issues, or supply comprehensive intervention to the many areas of life often ruthlessly ravaged by depression. A hospital stay may be an entrance ramp on your road to recovery, but should rarely, if ever, be regarded as the finish line.
Social anxiety is best defined as an excessive fear of social situations and affects 2-13% of the US population. About one in five clients with a social anxiety disorder also suffers from an alcohol or substance use disorder. Social anxiety disorder is anxiety about and in social situations that goes beyond shyness. It often includes a fear that one is being watched and judged by others. They are often afraid of several situations, rather than one specific thing, and may have trouble speaking in public, interacting with others, or giving a report in a group.
While depression can feel overwhelming, small things can make a big difference to help in your recovery. Look through the list of suggestions below and consider how you might practice a few, beginning today.