Antidepressants can be a great tool in helping people battle the debilitating effects of depression. Unfortunately, there are several things that you're not going to get from a pill. Here are five ways that counseling can help in addition to medication.
1. HEALTHY COPING STRATEGIES
Medication won't change the challenging life situations you are facing. Often times when people are depressed there are stressors in their lives that are contributing. A counselor can help you examine some unhelpful coping strategies you're using to deal with these stressors (i.e., isolation, alcohol/drugs or food) that could be making you feel worse and offer some healthier ways of coping.
2. CHANGING YOUR THOUGHTS
Negative thought patterns can play a huge role in contributing to depression. Counseling gives you a place to examine these thought patterns and replace them with positive alternatives.
Blaming or criticizing yourself for being depressed is an easy trap to fall into. Unfortunately, these things can trick you into believing that you don't deserve to be happy and healthy. Our beliefs shape our behaviors. Therefore, learning self-compassion in counseling can be extremely beneficial.
4. SOMEONE TO WALK ALONG SIDE YOU ON YOUR JOURNEY TO HEALING
Experiencing depression can be very lonely. It may feel like nobody understands your struggle. A counselor can offer a safe, non-judgmental place for you tell your story and truly be heard.
5. STRENGTHEN YOUR RELATIONSHIPS
Your relationships can suffer when you are feeling depressed. A counselor can teach you ways to strengthen your relationships including how to communicate to loved ones what you are experiencing and how they can help.
Whether you decide to use medication, counseling or both. Remember. There is no shame in seeking help.
My name is Marissa Williams and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Roseville California. I specialize in working with kids, teens and families impacted by anxiety, depression, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
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