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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
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Depression Counseling Plano TX: The Link Between Abuse And Depression

Many people, children and adults alike, go years and years without understanding the causes of their depression. Depression counseling often brings up past feelings and experiences that sufferers have knowingly or unknowingly suppressed. One of the more widely seen traumas that causes depression is that of abuse; both physical and emotional. The definition of abuse is to “treat a person with cruelty or violence, especially regularly or repeatedly”. Just take a look at the staggering statistics regarding abuse in just the U.S. alone. -On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the U.S. Read more
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Teen Counseling: What to Do When Your Teen Goes to College

Do you have a teen that is struggling with depression or anxiety? You may have considered teen counseling or, your teen may be currently enrolled in counseling. Either way, you may be wondering what happens when you teen graduates high school this year and moves on to college. Although this is a time of stress, there are counseling options for teens at the college level. Feel as if your teen may not handle the transition well? There is help for that too. Teen Counseling Prior to Graduation Your teen may benefit from counseling prior to graduation if he or she Read more
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When To Get An Anxiety Counselor Involved: Dealing With PTSD

PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder) is not unusual for people who have suffered through traumatic experiences such as war, serious accidents, natural disasters, rape, sudden death of a loved one or life threatening events. PTSD can cause suffers to have bouts of depression and anxiety for months or even years after an event has occurred. Its important to know when depression and anxiety are things you can handle on your own and when they require help from a professional. If you or your loved ones are suffering with any of the following symptoms of PTSD, consider contacting a professional today. Experienced Read more
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Questions to Ask During Your Depression Counseling Session

Depression counseling can seem overwhelming at first. You may be emotional, trying to find a depression counselor that fits your needs. Before you choose, you should know which questions to ask during your first counseling session. We have compiled a list of great questions for you to use in preparation for your session. At Insight Child & Family Counseling, we want you to feel comfortable with your treatment. Give us a call today with any questions you may have as well. What kind of approach do you use? This is a great question to ask your counselor. Each counselor is Read more
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3 Questions to Ask Your Depression Counselor

Whether you are searching for a depression counselor, or you are currently enrolled in counseling, navigating the relationship with your counselor can seem overwhelming. From the first visit to the last visit, communicating with your depression counselor is crucial for your counseling therapy success. For new patients and recurring patients, sessions can sometimes be difficult when you feel down and out. Here are three questions to ask your depression counselor that you may not have considered. What are your strengths as a counselor? This question will help you get to know your counselor in a deeper way. It takes the Read more
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3 Things You Didn’t Know About Teen Counseling

Teen counseling deals with teens who are having emotional misconnections throughout their young life. However, there is much more to teen counseling than you may know. At Insight Child & Family Counseling, we do a lot more than counsel teen angst. Instead, we provide solid care for many different life changes and adolescent behavioral concerns. Here are three things you maybe didn’t know about teen counseling that you should know. Diagnosis is Not the Goal Although some counselors may have diagnosis concerns, teen counseling is focused on more than the diagnosis. They focus more on issues that teens face such Read more