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7 Ways Depression Counseling Can Bring Joy Back into Your World

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Depression is one of the most common mental ailments in the world.

The first annual Houston Mood Disorder Conference will begin on September 16, 2016, in Houston, Texas. The theme of this conference will be: “Advances in Diagnosis and Treatment of Depression”. Its aim is to provide mental health professionals with resources to help their patients receive the best treatments for overcoming depression.

You may wonder: Is it really necessary to dedicate a whole conference to depression counseling and other treatments? Has the problem become that severe?

Yes, it has!

Depression is one of the most common mental ailments in the world. In the United States alone, millions are diagnosed with depression every year. It causes people to feel isolated and alone, even hopeless. It robs them off all the joy, color, and happiness their lives once had.

But, can treatment really help people overcome depression successfully?

Absolutely!

However, it is crucial to get competent care in the form of professional help. If depression is not treated decisively, it can last for a long time and make other illnesses worse. Depression counseling is an integral part of a successful treatment approach.

How Depression Counseling Can Bring Back Your Joy

A qualified counselor is in the position to assist you with restoring the pleasure of living. They can guide you to turn negative into positive by helping you to:

1. See your true personality – separate from your depression symptoms
When depression is severe, it becomes part of your identity as a person. Everything you think about and do centers around your ailment. A counselor can help you sift through these distortions and see how depression has affected your behavior. This will help you rediscover your true self – the joyous person you once were.

If you fear you may be suffering from depression, take our Depression Quiz to learn more.

2. Overcome fears and insecurities
Depression counseling will help you identify negative thought patterns. These may contribute to you feeling hopeless and helpless. A counselor will address your uncertainties and low self-esteem. They will help you to regain confidence and stop isolating yourself.

3. Improve your relationships with family and friends
A counselor can teach you coping skills that will help reduce tension with others. They will also show you how to nurture, strengthen, and enjoy relationships that are important to you. Secure attachments, in turn, lead to a better mood and happier family life.

4. Reduce mental chaos – be more in control and organized
Studies have shown that depression can cause structural changes to your brain’s memory and decision-making areas. Depression counseling can help sharpen your thinking and strengthen your focus and memory. Feeling more capable makes handling a job easier.

5. Improve physical health
Depression takes a toll on your body, not just your mind. It messes with your sleep and wake cycles. Consequently, it may cause you to become less active or turn to comfort foods. Furthermore, low levels of certain brain chemicals can even trigger cravings for carbs. Treatment can address all these problems and help you feel more energized.

To learn more about the signs and symptoms of depression, click here.

6. Stop destructive habits
A strong connection also exists between depression and high-risk behaviors. In order to suppress the emotional pain, some have turned to alcohol, drugs, unsafe sex, and other non-suicidal self-injurious behavior. A depression counselor can assist you, step by step, to free yourself from these destructive habits.

7. Establish dependable routines
A counselor can help you see clearly what changes you need to make. They may also teach you techniques and strategies to follow through. Together, you will be able to set goals and draft a plan to bring joy back into your world. Establishing good and stable routines will help you to move forward and reach those goals. Routines will also keep you from easily falling back into your old habits. They are the backbone for overcoming depression.

 

To learn more about depression therapy and its benefits, read our depression treatment page or contact a therapist at Eddins Counseling Group. To get started now give us a call to schedule an appointment at 832-559-2622 or schedule an appointment online.

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Rachel Eddins, M.Ed., LPC-S, CGP
Rachel’s passion is to help people discover their personal gifts and strengths to achieve self-acceptance, create a healthy relationship with food, mind and body, and find meaning and fulfillment in work and life roles. She helps people create nurturance and healing from within to restore balance and enoughness and overcome binge eating, emotional eating, anxiety, depression and lack of career fulfillment.

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