As for clients I've done therapy with, there's always a stage where clients often feel down on themselves about not making the progress they've hoped for. Where they want to be versus they are, seemed to be so far and wide. They didn't feel any closer to where they wanted to be after having a… Continue reading Signs You Are Improving In Therapy
Please, do not ignore someone who comes to you for help. They may be experiencing depression, anxiety, or some other mental health issues and just want to feel safe. Some people fear judgment and not being taken seriously. Trust me, if they have reached out to you, they either believe you will try to help… Continue reading Being Present For Those In Need
Self-acceptance is about accepting yourself for who you are and the way you are. It's easy to love and appreciate what you perceive as "good" about yourself. However, self-acceptance includes accepting your past, your mistakes, your failures, and all else that you might feel ashamed or disappointed. Self-acceptance is giving yourself love unconditional love regardless… Continue reading Self-Acceptance: Are you denying yourself?
I've heard clients say, "I don't really have a reason to be depressed" or "my family doesn't think I have anything to be depressed about". I've heard family utter "they can't be depressed, they have everything they need" or "they can't be depressed about that, that was so long ago". I have even heard "they… Continue reading Depressed For No Reason
Sometimes people who experience depression feel more depressed at night; so much so, they fear nights and dread the night coming. But why? Think about it. At night we are normally alone, tired, and engaging in less activity. There are not as many distractions, so it easy for the mind to ruminate. Rumination is when… Continue reading Fearing Night Depression
I think a change in scenery can develop into a change in thinking or at the least, a distraction from negative thinking. It’s like going to a new place and realizing that the world is much bigger than your problems. Or discovering that you do not have to be limited to living the way that… Continue reading Change in Scenery for Mental Health
I witness someone talking about how they didn't feel good enough after looking at social media. Once I had a good friend and we were having this same conversation. I asked my friend, “how can I not get frustrated when I see people so far ahead of me in life while I feel like I… Continue reading I Don’t Feel Good Enough Because of Social Media
Short answer “you can’t”. If you want to live a happy life, you have to change the way you think about yourself, your circumstances, and your outlook on life. In the counseling field, we have something called “changing your narrative”. It’s basically you changing your story. Not into something that is fake or a lie,… Continue reading How can you live a happy life if you think you don’t deserve one?
If anyone is asking themselves this question, I can understand your concerns about being with someone who suffers from depression. It can be challenging being with someone who suffers from depression. You have to witness someone you care about struggle and there may not be much you can do to change it. This brings about… Continue reading Should you date someone with depression?
I seen a question online that stated "why do people like me deserve depression"? My heart caved wondering how someone could think they deserve to suffer with depression. Then someone with their meaning-well yet, insensitive response stated "it is a disease". Just saying disorder could have been okay if we have to go there. Words… Continue reading Do you believe you deserve depression?