Hey friends! Mental Health is super important to me so I’ve partnered with my friends at BetterHelp.com to provide you all with some expert insight. In this article, Marie Miguel from BetterHelp.com discusses how talking to a counselor can help treat your depression.
There is no magic cure for depression because of how complex it is. Depression can be situational, where you’re upset over an event in your life. If you get past the event, your depression can improve. However, depression can be chronic, where you’re depressed for no reason. Depression can be mild or so severe you can’t live a normal life.
No matter what your depression is like, one way you can treat it is with therapy. Here are some ways a counselor or a therapist can help you with your depression.
They’re Someone Safe You Can Talk To
Sometimes, you just need to get it off your chest. A toxic family member. A job that is getting you nowhere. A life that feels like it’s at a standstill. And a world where no one will listen. Venting about your problems can help you. Not just for the solutions you get, but also because it feels like a weight is being lifted on your chest. A counselor will listen and be discreet.
They Can Find the Cause
Sometimes, your depression is situational, but you quite don’t know the cause. Your depression could be caused by something in the back of your mind, and your counselor can be the one who brings it to the forefront. Depression can be from a person who is bothering you, or because you can’t get over a past mistake. By figuring out the cause, a counselor can then help you move on from said cause.
They Help Identify Triggers
A trigger can be a phrase, person, event, thought, or anything else that can cause your depression to come back. A counselor can help you identify triggers and take steps to avoid them, or manage them if you cannot avoid them.
They Can Help in Increments
Sometimes, it’s hard to treat your depression when getting out of bed is a challenge. A counselor knows you shouldn’t start big, and they will help you by slowly getting you back on a routine. They may teach you different exercises to help reduce your depression, or show you how to stick to a schedule even if depression is hitting you. Slow change may be the solution to depression. Sadly, depression is rarely something you can treat fast.
They Teach You How to Be Mindful
Another way you can combat depression is through mindfulness. Being aware of every sensation of your body, not worrying about the future or the past, and meditation are all good ways to treat your depression. If you’re always worrying, try to be more mindful about yourself. You’ll be surprised at how much it can change you.
Long Lasting Treatment
Medication can help treat the symptoms of depression, but you need to treat the cause as well. A counselor can help you with the cause and then teach you how to treat yourself should depression come up again. If you’re ready to battle your depression, talk to a counselor today.
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