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The Stigma of Depression

When it comes to obtaining treatment for medical ailments as benign as the common cold, people don’t think twice about running to the doctor, or the acupuncturist, and spending the money on treatments to feel better. So, why do so many who suffer from depression continue to hesitate, despite all of the treatment options available?

Depression continues to be one of the most stigmatized mental health issues out there. This is ironic, given that by the year 2020, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, depression is estimated to be the second most common health problem in the world. The externalized stigma toward those with mental health issues that exists in society, there comes internalized stigma, or self-shame. This makes the experience of mental health issues all the more devastating. Many times, it is the internalized shame that stops people from acknowledging psychological problems and receiving treatment, since many see it as akin to admitting that they are weak or damaged in some way.

What can you do? If you suffer from depression, tell somebody. Ask for help. Change the stigma, call or text Affordable Counseling Center, Brandon at (813) 244-1521. We are also on the web at:

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People go to therapy for a variety of reasons—quite often they have a vague sense “that something isn’t right,” or feelings of sadness or depression. They might be worried that they or someone they care about might have a mental illness, or they’re having problems with significant others.

However,  sometimes even relatively minor stressors, such as doing your taxes, can trigger significant symptoms. Anxiety, fear, panic, insomnia, mental confusion, hysteria, depression that doesn’t seem to lift, and more can be triggered by major (and in some cases, minor) stressful events.

If you find that during stressful times you seem to struggle with persistent symptoms more than you feel is acceptable, therapy might help.  Sure, your belief system, personality, mental and physical health, and other factors determine how you respond to life stressors, but sometimes the sheer magnitude of stressful conditions or times where these situations seem to pile on top of each other, can be overwhelming.

Whether or not you might benefit from therapy is a personal decision that no one can make for you. Brief therapy or, if necessary, longer-term therapy with a highly focused treatment plan, can help you deal with stressful events and the emotions they trigger.

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Dealing With the Winter Blues.

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For those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere, the days are getting shorter and darker. Snow flakes, fireplaces, hot chocolate and cozy sweaters will be making their appearances in the near future. For some, it’s a time of growing darkness and despair. Many individuals suffer with Seasonal Affective Disorder(SAD) during the winter months, also known as the winter blues, which is usually due to less sunlight hours. Symptoms of SAD and winter blues can be similar to symptoms of depression and may also include less energy, fatigue, trouble concentrating, increased desire to be alone, weight gain, increased need for sleep, anxiety, and irritability.

Here are some strategies to prepare for the winter blues:

  • Replace your regular light bulbs with full-spectrum bulbs, especially in places where you spend the most early to mid-evening hours.
  • Make sure your Vitamin D levels are high enough. Also consider supplementing with a good-quality B complex, and trying an Omega 3 supplement.
  • Start eating better, leafy greens, vegetables, good proteins, and whole grains will help give you steady energy and the nutrition you need. Avoid sugary foods and drinks.
  • A “light alarm clock” is a SAD therapy tool that can help with depression symptoms, especially getting up in the morning. Early in the morning, a light begins to shine at a low level, gradually growing brighter, until it’s time to wake up.
  • Exercise daily. Even 15 minutes a day is better than nothing, and outside in the daylight is more beneficial.
  • Volunteer or get involved in social activities. One or two nights of volunteer work, or other activities like taking a class that require active involvement with others gives a feeling of purpose and helps through the winter months.

Seek a therapist if you suffer from the winter blues, it’s easier to begin a preventative program before the winter blues become a reality. Call today to schedule an appointment! (813)244-1251

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