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From the Depression Counselor: The Dangers of Obsessing with Perfectionism

Perfectionism is a double edged sword.  Sometimes it is talked about as a quality to be admired; the highest standard that we should strive for.  But perfectionism and the pressure for perfection is driving a rise in mental illness, specifically in anxiety and depression.  The pressure for perfection is everywhere around us. Social media, our jobs, our families. It can be overwhelming and debilitating when realizing that perfection is not possible.  Simply put, no one is perfect and the constant drive for perfection will always end in discouragement. Everytime you are knocked down, instead of beating yourself up and instantly Read more
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Depression Counseling: 6 Things to Avoid Saying

Because depression is a common disorder, it is oftentimes dismissed or discounted.  Sometimes well meaning family or friends think that your depression is simply a matter of you being in your own head or a funk that you need to snap out of.  However, there are quite a few things that are more harmful than helpful to say to someone that is going through a depressive time. Things such as: -Just stop thinking about all your problems-Stay positive-I know how you feel-Count your blessings-It could be worse-Get over it These types of comments can lead to the person in the Read more
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Anxiety Counselor: The Signs of Anxiety

The signs of anxiety can be broken down into 3 different categories.  Thinking/Learning, Behavioral and Physical. It is important to note that people who suffer from anxiety might not have all or any of these symptoms and having just one of these symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean someone is dealing with anxiety.   Thinking Learning -Problems concentrating-Memory problems-Attention problems-Problem solving difficulties-Worry-Memory problems Behavioral -Restlessness-Fidgeting-Task avoidance-Rapid speech-Irritability-Perfectionism-Lack of participation-Failure to complete tasks Physical -Stomach Discomfort-Rapid heart rate-Perspiration-Muscle tension-Headaches-Sleeping problems-Nausea If you are worried that someone you know is having anxiety, the real thing to look out for is if these symptoms are Read more
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Anxiety Counseling: Avoidance Behaviors

The World Health Organization recognizes anxiety disorders as the most common mental disorder worldwide, citing that 1 in 13 suffer from anxiety of some kind.  Children with anxiety are much more likely than their peers to see seemingly small situations as ones that induce fear or anxiety; such as giving an oral report or presentation, not being picked for a sports team or receiving a poor grade on a project.  When faced with these situations, they may demonstrate certain avoidance behaviors. It is important as parents and teachers to be on the lookout for these behaviors. Actions you might notice Read more
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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