Depression is a serious illness that can be successfully treated. Depression is a medical disorder like diabetes and heart disease that affects day-to-day thought, feelings, physical health and behaviors. Its causes are many and varied including family history and genetics, other medical illnesses, drugs or alcohol, certain medicines or other psychiatric conditions. Other conditions such as extreme stress or grief may also bring on depression, but can even occur for some even when life is going well.
Cognitive therapy is one of the most effective ways of treating depression. When applied, cognitive therapy can change the pessimistic ideas, unrealistic expectations and overly critical self-evaluations that create depression and sustain it, helping the treated develop positive life goals and a more positive self-assessment. You can learn to recognize which life problems are critical and which are minor, maintaining an effective and ongoing defense against factors that can trigger depression.
Symptoms of anxiety can include:
- Excessive worry
- Difficulty controlling worry
- Restlessness or feeling 'on-edge'
- Easily fatigued
- Difficulty concentrating or mind going blank
- Muscle tension
- Sleep disturbance
- Panic attacks
- Obsessive thinking
- Compulsive behavior
Cognitive/behavioral therapy is used to treat the symptoms directly.
Themes such as safety and security, self-esteem, and expectations of
performance are often explored, leading to an understanding of the
underlying causes of the anxiety.
Anger is a valuable and creative state that can become a problem when it is stifled or expressed in a way that hurts oneself or others. Anger can inform, motivate and protect and, when expressed healthily, is an important method of dealing with stress. However, anger that is out of proportion, extreme or explosive is likely to be a real problem for both you and others. Displaying anger in destructive ways is a learned behavior that is usually acquired early in life, but most people who act violently don't like behaving that way. They often have to deal with their own rage, shame or guilt over the negative consequences of their actions, like damaged relationships or loss of credibility.
The overall aim of anger management treatment is to help the patient replace hostile, dysfunctional anger with moderate, functional anger. Behavioral therapy and conscious intervention are effective in raising your frustration-tolerance. Assistance with changing your thought patterns that are causing their painful or negative feelings is available. You will find that learning skills that develop and support assertive, non-aggressive behavior can become a source of great pride and personal power.
Symptoms of anger can include:
- Explosive outbursts leading to physical attack or destruction of property
- Exaggerated hostility to small aggravations
- Rapid and harsh judgment statements made to or about others
- Use of body language such as tense muscles, clenched fist or jaw, glaring looks, or refusing to make eye contact
- Use of passive-aggressive behaviors
- Social withdrawal due to anger
- Refusing to complete assignments on timely basis
- Refusing to follow instructions or rules
- Complaining about authority figures behind their back
- Refusing to participate in activities when this behavior is expected
- Authority is challenged or disrespected
- Verbally abusive language is used when communicating with friends, family or acquaintances
We all know what anger is, and we've all felt it: whether as a fleeting annoyance or as full-fledged rage. Anger is a completely normal, usually healthy, human emotion, but when it gets out of control and turns destructive, it can lead to problems—problems at work, in your personal relationships, and in the overall quality of your life. It can make you feel as though you're at the mercy of an unpredictable and powerful emotion.
Grief & Loss
Bereavement can be a lonely and frightening experience for many people. Even though portrayals of death are common in popular entertainment, many people have difficulty openly expressing their feelings about grief and sadness. Even people with a supportive and caring social network can feel alone and overwhelmed by both emotional and practical matters. Family members can be a major source of comfort and assistance, but sometimes they too may be too preoccupied with their own grief to be able to reach out. This is where JMR Counseling can assist you with emotions which can cause mental anguish.
These feelings are normal and are common reactions to loss. You may not be prepared for the intensity and duration of your emotions or how swiftly your moods may change. You may even begin to doubt the stability of your mental health. It is important to be reassured that these feelings are healthy and appropriate. These feelings and expressions of powerful emotions help you come to terms with your loss.
Sometimes couples alienate each other as they try to communicate their needs. As misunderstandings escalate, even minor issues can turn into major ordeals. Disputes often have more to do with the way couples communicate than what they are actually trying to say. When couples don't communicate directly and respectfully, they are made vulnerable to patterns involving antagonism, avoidance, resentment or other negative feelings towards each other. Couples with effective conflict resolution habits will resolve arguments more quickly and both people will feel positive about the outcome.
Attitude differences, perceived discrepancies in the amount of attention paid to the relationship and other obstacles to the relationship can be addressed once the couple has the tools to confront challenges together.
There are three categories of substance abuse:
- Use: The occasional use of alcohol or other drugs without developing tolerance or withdrawal symptoms when not in use.
- Abuse: The continued use of alcohol or other drugs even while knowing that the continued use is creating problems socially, physically, or psychologically.
- Dependence: At least three of the following factors must be present:
a. Substance is taken in larger amounts or over longer periods of time than the person intended.
b. A persistent desire with unsuccessful efforts to control the use.
c. Large periods of time spent obtaining, taking, or recovering from, the substance.
d. Frequent periods of intoxication or detoxification especially when social and major role obligations are expected (school, social situations, etc.)
e. Continued use even while knowing that the continued use is creating problems socially, physically, and/or psychologically.
f. Increased tolerance
g. Withdrawal symptoms
h. Substance taken to relieve withdrawal symptoms.
Substance abuse counseling is a demanding form of outreach that requires patience, compassion, and a keen desire to help others who are in crisis. Good portions of the addict population are people who need help in many areas of their lives. Don't be unaware of the kinds of assistance available or how to go about finding help. Jim Reinach, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, in addition to assisting you regain confidence and self-worth, can refer you to a variety of other services that may help provide a stable platform from which you can fight addiction. JMR Counseling offers you an empathetic, non-judgmental attitude and a supportive approach no matter what situation you may be in. Staying "clean and sober" requires ongoing vigilance and dedication.