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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:

Marriage Counseling

Every relationship is bound to experience highs and lows, and that’s normal when you’re in a relationship as close as a marriage. Determining whether your marriage is experiencing a small bump in the road or if it’s something more serious that requires professional counseling may be easier than you think.

Even the best marriage can suffer normal wear and tear over the years. If it shows signs of breaking down and you and your spouse growing apart, professional marriage counseling is often the best next step. A good counselor can guide you toward getting the relationship back on the right track by identifying what the real issues are and then helping you to implement solutions.

Marriages tend to change over time, especially when faced with a major transition, such as one partner going back to school, when you’re expecting your first child, or you’re suffering the loss of a family member. A good marriage counselor can help you to get through these changes so that you can find your relationship’s new normal and regain focus on each other.

Even if you feel that your marriage is in good shape, counseling may be able to make it great. Getting the perspective of an objective professional can help you to keep your relationship with your spouse running smoothly.

We can help. Call us to schedule your marriage counseling session and begin making your relationship great again.

Email us at: or call us anytime at (813) 244-1251

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.



Tips On Preventing A Break-up.

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Break-ups happen all the time, for multiple reasons. Believe it or not there are many ways to prevent them. Below are some helpful tips for keeping your love life on a positive track.

  • Let go of grudges: Don’t let resentment buld up, talk to your partner so you can fix the situation.
  • Avoid taking your partner for granted: Put a little bit of extra energy into your relationship and do small things to show your partner you care.
  • Be trusting of your partner: If you feel that your partner may lie or cheat on you, discuss those concerns with them
  • Face adversities with them: Be there for your loved one and support them, working as a team will help you get through any challenges you may face.
  • Deal with problems head-on: If you do not discuss your problems then they will build up and eventually become to difficult to solve.
  • Find new things to do together: Enhance your bond by mixing things up so the relationship doesn’t become boring. Find new hobbies and activities to participate in.
  • Speak whats in your heart: Being afraid to speak honestly and being vulnerable will only hinder your relationship. Let your partner know when you want to have a serious conversation and don’t be afraid to be open and honest.
  • Stand up for yourself: If you are unhappy with something your partner is doing or feel that your needs are not being met, let your partner know. If they won’t listen then it may be time to seek help from a professional.

Break-ups are always preventable, it’s just a matter of how much effort you are willing to put forth. Relationships take work and dedication. It is ultimately up to you to decide if your relationship is worth the effort or not.

If you feel that you are on the verge of a break-up, call us today. We can help you rebuild your relationship. (813)244-1251

Relationship Habits

Ever wonder why you and your partner find it hard to stop arguing, or being mad at each other? Do you wish there was something you could change? In relationships, we tend to fall into negative habits that are harmful to us and our partners. It is important to recognize what those habits are and that you can develop better ones.

There are 7 habits that ruin relationships:

  1. Criticizing
  2. Blaming
  3. Complaining
  4. Nagging
  5. Threatening
  6. Punishing
  7. Bribing/Rewarding to control

These habits keep you and your partner in constant disagreement with each other, and exert control over others. This behavior often comes from a background of feeling a lack of control of what is going on around them during childhood. Express more compassion with your partner to nurture a successful relationship.

Improve your relationship with these 7 habits instead:

  1. Supporting
  2. Encouraging
  3. Listening
  4. Accepting
  5. Trusting
  6. Respecting
  7. Negotiating differences

These habits are not controlling and gives your partner a sense of freedom. A relationship built on the foundation of these healthy habits results in a long-lasting, stable, and harmonious union.

What are some more nourishing habits you can begin to develop to improve your relationship?


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