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Discovering How to Trust Your Depression Counselor

Have you recently decided to make a step towards recovery by visiting a depression counselor? This is a decision that can change your life for the better. However, you may feel apprehensive going into this type of relationship due to past occurrences and emotions. You may wonder how you will be able to trust someone that you don’t know. Establishing trust with your depression counselor from the start is essential. Start by Trusting Yourself This is a big decision you have made for your future. To start trusting others, you first need to trust yourself. Believe that this decision was Read more
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How to Find the Right Depression Counseling for You

Deciding  to try depression counseling is a difficult one. However, once the decision is made, it is time to find the right depression counselor for you or your loved one. There are thousands of options available, from online counseling to counseling practices, probably all located in your area. So, how do you choose what is right for you? Consider the Individual You will want to consider who will be the recipient of the counseling. If it is you, you will want to think about what makes you the most comfortable in a counselor or counseling practice. There are many things Read more
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Depression Counseling: Understanding The Different Types of Depression

As with other types of illnesses, depression can take shape in many different forms. Some of the most common types of depression are: -Major Depression: This is the type of depression that affects all aspects of your life. Work, hobbies, sleep and even your eating habits. Episodes of this type of depression can last anywhere from months to years. -Dysthymia: This low intensity mood disorder has less severe symptoms than major depression. Even though dysthymia is not totally disabling, it can last for longer periods of time. -Bi-Polar: This is far less common than the other types of depression and Read more
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3 Signs Your Teen Could Benefit from a Teen Counselor

Have you ever caught yourself saying that your teen’s erratic behavior is merely teen angst? Or, maybe their outbursts of emotion have you thinking that there might be an underlying cause. Your teen is going through a lot of significant changes at this time, and some will handle those better than others. It isn’t your teen’s fault. Instead, it may be time for your teen to see a teen counselor. Keep reading to discover three signs it might just be time to check counseling out. Substance Abuse Does your family have a history of substance abuse? Or, perhaps your teen Read more
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Marriage Counseling: Why Talking About Money Is Important

According to studies, disagreements about finances are a leading cause of stress in relationships. Over 59% of all divorced American’s cited arguments over money to be a major source of friction within their marriage. If you and your spouse are not on the same page about your finances it can bleed over into other parts of your marriage and family. Here are some important questions you can start with when breaching the subject of finances with your spouse: 1. What are your priorities for our money? Make sure you are specific. For instance, after monthly bills are paid what percentage Read more
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How to Pay for an Anxiety Counselor

If you are dealing with crippling anxiety or depression, it is probably time for you to seek help from an experienced anxiety counselor. It can be difficult to make that first step, especially without knowing the specifics. When looking into anxiety counseling, you may be concerned about the price associated with therapy. However, there are various ways to afford and pay for an anxiety counselor. Let’s discuss a few ways you might be able to make it work. Check Your Insurance Do you have health insurance? If you do, you might receive mental health benefits. You can contact your insurance Read more
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Your First Meeting with a Depression Counselor

If you suffer from depression, you may have decided that seeing a depression counselor would be beneficial for you. If so, you may also feel apprehensive about your first appointment. Although this is normal, it isn’t necessary. Your first meeting will involve getting to know one another and learning more about your depression symptoms. Some preparation is best when visiting a counselor. Let’s discuss what to expect from your first meeting and how you can prepare in advance. Create a List of Questions There are a lot of questions you may have before, during and after your visit. It is Read more
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Depression Counselor: Depression And The Elderly

Some people think that depression is a natural side effect of aging. However, in reality, depression at any age is a treatable medical condition. Although the symptoms of depression in older adults are often the same (persistent sadness, difficulty sleeping, difficulty concentrating, etc.), the causes of depression can be different. In older adults, there are varying factors that can lead to depression. Things like: 1) Developing a serious, life-threatening disease like cancer or dementia. 2) Prescription medicine that has side effects including depression. 3) Major life changes such as a serious accident that causes disability or the loss of a Read more
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Teen Counseling: Recognizing The Signs of Self Harm

Chances are that if you suspect your teen is struggling with self harm, you may have missed some of the earlier signs. Things that seem normal in teenage behavior like changes to their eating or sleeping habits. Or even being overly secretive about their feelings. Too often these signs are grouped in as behavior expected from a teen. As parents, it can be easy to miss so don’t beat yourself up about it. You can however be on the lookout for these types of behaviors coupled with some other telltale signs of self harm. Things like: 1) Strange excuses for Read more
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When to Seek an Anxiety Counselor for Postpartum Depression

You have a brand-new addition to your family, and things couldn’t be better. You’re enjoying your time with your new little one, and suddenly, everything feels as if it is spinning out of control. You have heard of postpartum depression and anxiety before, but you feel as if it can’t happen to you. The truth is, it can. If you are dealing with extreme emotions that you feel are taking over your new family life, it may be time to seek out some help. Here are some signs to look for. Overwhelming Mood Swings As your body returns to normal, Read more