Professional help for depression

A woman who is depressed and needs therapy

As published in the September 2016 Meath Coaster:

Counselling is not a luxury. At certain times, we all hit roadblocks that we need to overcome. Every now and then, we may feel overwhelmed, depressed or stuck by our situation. That is where a qualified counsellor can help.

There is no need to suffer in silence or self-medicate with binge behaviours or any other coping mechanisms.  Destructive behaviours simply numb symptoms but do not treat them. If you are religiously inclined, seeking assistance from your parish priest can be helpful.  Calling a hotline may offer temporary assistance, from well-intentioned individuals who may or may not have completed coursework in psychology.

Still, you will receive the best care from a university degreed professional counsellor, social worker or psychotherapist. If you broke your leg, would drinking beer help you walk again? Would calling a free phone number, set the broken bones? Only a qualified professional, such as a doctor, could help you mend what is broken. So it is with mental health. It is important that you put yourself first, at trying times in your life. Seek out the very best to help guide you to self-discovery and to help you heal what is broken within you.

Depression is one of the most commonly diagnosed mental health issues. There are several holistic remedies available that complement individual talk therapy with a professional. A professional counsellor can help you deal with behaviours arising from a depressed state. In extreme cases, a psychiatrist’s help may be necessary, for medication.  However, if you are feeling depressed for longer than a week, it may be time to seek professional help.

As you await your appointment, the following remedies may boost your mood and potentially lift the brain fog that is often associated with depression. Taking the daily recommended dosage of St. John’s Wort and Kava Kava are two of the best natural vitamins to help with moving through depression.  Often depression is accompanied by sleep disturbances.  Valerian, holy basil, ashwaganda, Sam-E are other natural herbals that can help.

Immediate relief of some depressive symptoms can come from practicing daily meditation. Learning how to take deep, diaphragmatic breaths can help in alleviating mild depression.  There are even free apps for your smart phone that guide you in learning how to breathe deeply for relaxation and improved mental clarity. Mindfulness and guided meditations are also complementary, holistic practices to talk therapy.

Seeking assistance from a well-trained professional is tantamount to fixing what is broken.  Be sure to check their credentials so that you receive the best care for your broken leg or heart or head, whether physically or mentally. Put yourself first in times of stress and transition so that you may heal and be there for family and friends.

When you are ready to start the journey, feel free to make a call to ACT ( ) at 083 859 9551 or email  Em Ryan has over a decade of counselling experience and is accredited by the IACP.

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