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DEALING WITH DEPRESSION

Depression is an emotional disorder often involving an overwhelming feeling of hopelessness and inadequacy. This is merely the tip of the iceberg. Depending on the type of depression you are suffering from I would be looking at a mix of physical, psychological, social, diversional, recreational interventions and signposting you to relevant organisations as part of a holistic treatment plan. Schedule an appointment today and see what I can do for you.

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DEALING WITH ANXIETY

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Dealing with Depression

Depression is an emotional disorder often involving an overwhelming feeling of hopelessness and inadequacy. This is merely the tip of the iceberg. Those with depression, and their loved ones, struggle to understand what they are experiencing. It can be comforting to learn that they are not alone in their thoughts and feelings.

 

Depression has a dangerous tendency to build upon itself. When depression saps your confidence and motivation, it’s tempting to isolate or do the bare minimum. As a result, normal life tasks such as work and relationships start to fall by the wayside. Eventually, doing the bare minimum creates new problems, which cause stress and worsening depression. The cycle continues, stronger than before.

 

Depending on the type of depression you are suffering from I would be looking at a mix of physical, psychological, social, diversional, recreational interventions and CBT as part of a holistic treatment plan.

 

I will also introduce you to Behavioural Activation which is a treatment for depression that has been found to be very effective, even for clients who have not had success with other approaches. Researchers have found behavioural activation to be on par with medication and slightly superior to cognitive therapy in the treatment of depression.

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Dealing with Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal reaction and a necessary part of being alive. When our well-being is being threatened in a hostile environment it helps us to survive. It also induces the fight or flight responses. However, an anxiety state is a prolonged, continued apprehension and exaggerated emotional state causing panic, restlessness, and fear.

 

Effective anxiety treatment starts with basic psychoeducation. As therapists, we understand that anxiety is a necessary emotion. It stops us from driving double the speed limit, or from skipping work every other day. We also know that too much anxiety can be debilitating due to avoidance of triggers and uncomfortable physical, emotional, and cognitive symptoms.

 

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has become the leading treatment for anxiety, and with good reason. Research indicates that CBT can be an effective treatment for anxiety after as few as 8 sessions, with or without any form of medication. Due to the high prevalence of anxiety disorders (14% of adults in the United Kingdom meet the criteria for an anxiety disorder over a 1-year period, it's valuable to have a strong understanding of best practices for its treatment.

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Dealing with Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a lifelong condition defined by extreme emotional highs (mania) and lows (depression). These highs and lows are accompanied by dangerous behaviour changes. An important part of managing bipolar disorder is recognising the early warning signs of these extremes.

Early warning signs are thoughts, feelings, and behaviours that act as red flags signaling an oncoming relapse. Recognising early warning signs allows a person to seek help before symptoms get out of control, which has been found to reduce hospitalisations, and improve well-being.

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Dealing with Loss

Loss is something that binds us together as human beings, and grief is a part of life that all of us will experience when we suffer loss, whether it takes the form of someone’s death, losing a job, a relationship, hopes, dreams, or other things that you value. Powerful feelings of grief and loss are so normal and natural that they are typically not given a ‘diagnosis’ like other conditions such as anxiety or depression. There is no right way to grieve and no ‘quick fix’, but there are ways that you can help yourself to come to terms with your loss.

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Anger Management

If you've ever struggled with anger, you are probably familiar with the feeling of regret that follows an outburst. You promise yourself: "I'll never let that happen again." But then, it happens again. And again. Anger takes away our ability to think rationally. After your anger fades, you regain the ability to think clearly, and you regret what your angry self said or did.

 

But here's the thing: Anger isn't always a bad thing. When controlled, anger helps us. Anger drives us to make changes to situations that are bad, it pushes us to stand up for our rights, and it protects us if our lives are threatened. The problem isn't having anger, it's having too much anger, and expressing it in an ineffective way.

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If you’re looking for quality Private Counselling sessions with a mental health nurse specialist and soon to be a certified Cognitive Behaviour Therapist that cares, then you’ve come to the right place. I guide my patients every step of the way and implement various methods to help them develop new attitudes towards all of life’s most complex matters. Schedule an appointment today and see what I can do for you.