It is interesting how individual counseling to help those experiencing loneliness and depression is on the rise when we live in socially active times. Humans have long struggled with loneliness – whether we are in a roomful of people or by ourselves at home- feeling lonely is close by. In fact, loneliness has become so prevalent, Britain has appointed a Minister for Loneliness to address growing concerns over the depression from feeling alone and social isolation. Individual counseling with Terri at Take Charge, Inc., can help with loneliness and depression.
In recent decades, the number of people with zero confidants has tripled, and most adults do not belong to a local community group. More than one third of Americans over the age of 45 report feeling lonely, with prevalence especially high among those under 25 and over 65 years old. Terri has a unique way of helping you not only address issues and depression with individual counseling, but open the door to expand the scope of those individual issues to incorporate the significant relationships in your life
Social media has replaced authentic human interactions in many ways and some speculate that technology based social interactions are contributing to a growth in loneliness. While this alarming trend has grown, so has understanding of its impact. Mental health professionals, through first-hand individual counseling, agree that the evidence is abundant and decisive: social connection significantly affects health. When you believe that you have people in your life who care about you, and you interact with them regularly in person, you feel more connected and healthy. For instance, you may be less likely to catch a cold or develop depression.
New research, through studies of those involved in individual counseling, shows that depression may not be a result of a chemical imbalances in the brain. We are learning that this is a myth and more progress is made in the treatment of depressions when the counselor is focused on creating a change to the current neural pathways. Terri’s approach to depression treatment is a process. Through individual counseling she helps you create positive lifestyle routines that change your neural pathways. Your brain can change as you develop different behaviors and beliefs. Consistent therapy, healthy relationships, stress management, avoiding toxic relationships and compassion are vital to dealing with depression and loneliness.
A study at Harvard University that followed hundreds of people for 75 years identified the quality of people’s relationships as the single clearest predictor of their physical health, longevity, and quality of life. With individual counseling for depression, Terri can help you deal with the external obstacles, social attitudes or your own internal barriers that stand in your way. Individual counseling will help you uncover a more fulfilling, happier life based on revelations and decisions made by you.
Stay tuned for Part 2 in the Take Charge, INC blog series on Individual Counseling to help with loneliness and depression. Our next blog takes a look at celebrities and their battle with depression.