Depression is One of the Most Common Mental Health Problems I Have Seen

Whether on college campus, in a community mental health center, or in private practice, depression has been one of the most common mental health problems I have encountered in my work.  It is often combined with other mental health problems like anxiety, with substance abuse, or with difficulties in one’s past or current circumstances.

Counseling is Important in Overcoming Depression

Treatments for depression include medications and talk therapy.  Both have been shown to be effective, but the most powerful is a combination of both.  Medication can reduce the severity of the symptoms, and get you to a place where you have the motivation to deal with day-to-day life, and the ability to fully engage in counseling.

Counseling can help you to examine your thinking, behaviors, past experiences, circumstances and relationship patterns which may be contributing to, and perpetuating, your depression.  Through counseling I help people identify specific patterns that are causing problems, and I give people the emotional and strategic support needed to change these patterns.

I believe that chemical imbalances are an aspect of depression, and that by treating the chemical imbalance, symptoms can be reduced.  However, I also believe that life experiences, thinking and behaviors can affect the brain’s chemistry.  In other words, the root cause of depression is not necessarily just chemical.  It is my job to help people identify their personal root causes of their depression, and to help them address these core issues.

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Is a Great Resource for Information about Depression

One important part of healing your depression is to educate yourself about it.  The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is a great resource for information about depression, anxiety, and many other topics related to mental health.  They have many pages on each topic, including discussions of types of depression, symptoms and treatment, as well as videos.

Depression is a serious medical illness; it’s not something that you have made up in your head. It’s more than just feeling “down in the dumps” or “blue” for a few days. It’s feeling “down” and “low” and “hopeless” for weeks at a time… (click here to continue reading about depression and to see a video about depression)

Anda Jines MS LCPC offers mental health counseling services in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, in Tinley Park (60477); near Orland Park, Oak Forest, Palos Heights, Mokena, and Frankfort.

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