Depression counseling is extremely beneficial for addressing depression. According to many who have experienced depression, motivation often decreases. Many report their life feels stalled and activities, even those they used to love, are no longer enjoyable. The more they try to suppress their negative emotions, the more the depressed and isolated they feel. Depression counseling is designed specifically to help you regain motivation and tap into emotions in a healthy and productive way.
Depression is a condition that causes a person to experience feelings of sadness and hopelessness. These feelings are relentless and if not addressed will wear a person down. Once your desire or willingness to complete regular tasks becomes a burden, a person can sink more deeply into their depression. With depression counseling, healing begins with understanding what is driving your lack of motivation.
If an area in your life is having a negative impact on your ability to live a fulfilled life, counseling helps you bring that area under control by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable pieces. For instance, according to a study published in the journal Psychology, physical activity can help people cope better and improve motivation in those with depression. Exercise is a natural way to increase mood-boosting chemicals that may reduce some of the effects of depression. Instead of focusing on a big exercise session, a person can break exercise up into small opportunities throughout the day: take the stairs instead of elevator, park farther from your destination to create a short walk, etc.
Often, when experiencing depression, unexpected or unrealized emotions surface. Depression increases and becomes more difficult to navigate if these emotions are not addressed. Suppressing your emotions consciously and deliberately when you experience the death of a family member, loss of a job, argument with a spouse, anxiety for a test, etc. can lead to damaging effects on your mind and body. You can literally make yourself sick by stuffing and suppressing your emotions.
Emotion suppression, which essentially is an avoidance of emotion, is a common coping strategy. Many employ this coping mechanism, thinking it is the right thing to do. You may think you are being kind by holding your anger, or feel that sharing your feeling of uncertainty will make you look week or helpless. The fact is that suppressing your emotions actually increases the core symptoms of depression, feeling sad, hopeless, and isolated. With depression counseling, Terri provides a safe, comfortable environment to allow you to put your thoughts and feelings into words, without fear of judgment or criticism.
You don’t have to be under significant duress to seek counseling. Sometimes our beliefs or expectations of ourselves or counseling result in a delay in seeking help until situations become serious, or to the point of being in crisis. Call today to make an appointment with me at (913) 239-8255.