Challenges In Counseling: Depression

So many of our clients come in with depression, that it is among the top three problems that we see. Relationship issues and anxiety are the other two. Depression comes and goes for most people, and often is connected to life situations. If you are feeling depressed because you can’t pay your bills, and you receive a large check, your depression may change to happiness. People often feel depressed over break-ups or difficult relationships, financial problems, and other life stresses. People tend to get depressed when they have demands that “things should be a certain way.” Depression results when their demands aren’t met. Interestingly, depression disappears when the life-stress is resolved and their demands about how “things should be” are satisfied.

There are doctors and others who may tell you that you need medication because you have a chemical imbalance but winning the lottery won’t cure a true disease such as a heart attack, stroke, or even a cold. Since winning the lottery may cure depression (if the depression comes from financial stress) then I wonder how it can be a true chemical imbalance. The same goes for a break-up. Being in love leads to a feeling of high, while breaking up can lead to depression. This clearly shows that your thoughts affect your emotional well-being.

There are some people who have depression severe enough that medication is needed, but most people can recover from depression with counseling alone. Even those who truly need medication, still benefit from counseling. There is no reason for you to suffer from depression. Life is too short, and you deserve to enjoy your life without being miserable. Counselors are experienced in helping people recover from depression and start enjoying their lives. If you have questions or just need to talk to someone, you can call Linda at (813) 620-4900. She is available nights and weekends, so don’t hesitate to seek help. We are here because we care.

Challenges In Counseling: Anxiety

Anxiety comes about when people obsess on “what if?” They start visualizing danger where there isn’t any, and then let their minds go wild with their imagined dangerous situation. Often the anxiety comes from fear of social situations, such as “what if someone looks at me wrong? What if they don’t like me, what if I make a mistake. Or, it may be caused by a fear that your life is in danger, such as: what if I get into a car accident, what if I am exposed to a germ and get sick? The more you allow your mind to imagine a disaster, the greater the anxiety becomes. An elevated level of anxiety can result in panic attacks. A panic attack may feel like a heart attack, with sweating, racing heart, and fear, but unlike a heart attack, it isn’t dangerous to your body. A panic attack burns up excessive adrenalin that may have build up in your body due to your mind telling your body that it’s in danger. Adrenalin causes the fight or flight response. When you see a lion, you had better get ready to fight it or run away, but we are no longer living in the bush. Modern day dangers include waiting in traffic, being afraid that your boss will get angry or you will lose your job, lose your house, lose your family, and eventually lose your mind. Irrational thoughts race through your brain until your body decides that it has had enough and burns off the adrenalin through sweating and fast heartbeat. It is no coincidence that you would have the same symptoms if you were running fast. Your panic attack is just your body’s way to burn off excess adrenalin and put your body back into balance. When you realize that your thoughts cause your anxiety, and a panic attack is your body’s way to return to a healthy balance, you will understand that you have nothing to fear. Calming your mind is the first step in resolving anxiety and ending panic attacks. Anxiety is treatable, but most people need the help of a professional counselor to help them learn to manage their anxiety. Without treatment, it often gets worse over time, so if you are bothered by fearful thoughts or need medication to manage anxiety and panic, call now and get help right away.