|Topics - Healthy Living|
|Written by Arlene K Unger, PhD (PSY)|
What Is Self-Help ?
It used to be considered a rite-of-passage many years ago for boys to learn how to fix their own car and girls to become a whiz in the kitchen. Times change! Cars are now so complicated that very few people have the skill, or time, to fix their own car; many women are so busy at work that they have to struggle to keep up with family obligations, let alone the latest elaborate cooking gadgets.
But while these skills can be learned, today it takes a greater level of talent and focus. Today we rely much more on specialists for many of the services we require.
So it is with mental/emotional self-help. It is noble and uplifting to help yourself, or a friend, through a rough patch, or to have simple curiosity as to your own potential for growth.
Perhaps you know that “something isn’t quite right” with yourself, but you are not ready to accept professional counseling; you just want to browse and explore some self-help options and get some ideas. Or, you know something is definitely wrong and you need to seek some type of relief. You may look for some specific help, or ask friends or family for recommendations. Or, you may have had, or are in, some form of coaching or counseling and you want to augment what you learned in the sessions.
Perhaps you are fed-up with the way your life is going. Or, you may want some useful exercises to combat negative emotions or bad habits or patterns. You may want to feel lovable or less lonely, build life skills, make better choices, manage your moods better, find passion or purpose or motivation, be your ideal weight, master rejection or stress or self-empowerment, and so forth.
While self-help can bring excellent results, we also have to recognize when we are no longer able to make progress by ourselves, when we are not getting good help from our friends and family, or when we may have serious problems that need a trained professional to help.
In short: we need to know what types of assistance are appropriate for our particular circumstances: self-help, coaching and/or counseling .
What is Coaching ?
The human potential movement and positive psychology brought coaching into the limelight in the 80s. Corporations used coaching to manage change stemming from downsizing, mergers and acquisitions. In the last decade we've seen coaching take off and provide people with tools to reach not only their professional but personal potential and goals.
The International Coaching Federation (ICF) defines coaching as the relationship between the Coach and their clients which assists people in fulfilling (usually stated and specific) goals and improving their quality of living. A Coach is basically a (trained and experienced) personal cheerleader who encourages, endorses, acknowledges and supports you until you feel comfort...
|Disorders - Depression|
|Written by Jeff Foster|
Oh what a tough condition depression is to tackle.
It can be very hard to treat depression because there are so many variables.
First of all you must recognize that there is even an issue to address and then you must be willing to get professional help to help treat the condition.
Then not only must you recognize the problem, and seek treatment but you must be willing to stick with the treatment for the long term. Treating depression is not a quick solution.
One of the ways in which you may treat depression is with an antidepressant medication. This group of medications works on the neurotransmitters, known as serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine, which have an affect on your feelings of happiness, well being and overall emotion.
Another treatment for depression typically used in conjunction with medication is counseling.
This method is aimed at getting to the root of the cause of depression so that it too can be dealt with in hopes of a long term solution to depression .
The challenge of treating depression with counseling is that many times you may decide that medications are enough for you and that talking with a complete stranger about what is bothering you is simply just out of the question.
Easy to understand but those who deal with treating depression with both medication and counseling are thought to have a higher success rate.
Counseling can help to give you alternatives for managing your feelings and suggestions for managing stressful situations.
Finally depression that is not being well controlled with outpatient methods may require hospitalization. This typically occurs in the most serious circumstances, and generally happens after there have been warning signs that you are deteriorating and that you might make a choice to harm yourself or those around you.
Hospitalization to deal with depression may also happen when you are suffering with drug or alcohol induced psychosis that is impeding logical thinking.
The good news is that when you seek treatment for depression and you stick with the program most people will experience a high success rate with the treatment of depression . The outcome of a good treatment plan for attacking depression results in a healthier and happier life.
Success at the treatment of depression depends on the overall involvement you have in your care.
Most often you will find that medication alone will not successfully and completely treat depression , but rather a combination of medications and counseling in which you are an active participant can have a better success rate at treating depression in the long run.
Sticking with the plan even when you begin to fill better is also very important since stopping counseling or your medication as soon as you being to feel better is a mistake and can cause a more serious relapse.
Overall, when you choose to actively participate, then succe...