A lot of individuals nowadays tend to be psychologically shaken—however, this is not to say that they are crazy or mentally challenged. Psychological issues commonly result from traumatic past and present experiences. While some people may naturally strong enough to just let go of losses and move on with their lives like nothing happened and some may be surrounded by people and things that help them cope faster and easier, there are those who are not. They may end up losing the will to survive or having problems that they may not initially recognize as an effect of the recent events.
Regardless of the reason behind the depression or other issues, therapy and counseling can help anyone who is dealing with such problems. Everyone should remember that seeking professional help is something that one should not be embarrassed about. On the contrary, it can be a sign of courage, showing that you are willing and determined to heal the wounds that the past has left. Many people would agree that today’s modern life can be filled with stress and anxiety and therapists and counselors are trained and certified to help you learn the things that you need to be able to cope with difficult situations.
Below are just some of the issues that therapy and counseling can help with.
A lot of clients decide to undergo therapy because of anxiety. This is a feeling that someone is in danger, even without real cause. In this situation, the human body’s natural fight or flight response is taking over the person, sending false signals of danger. With the fight or flight response being damaged, an individual may feel threatened even in the absence of an actual threat.
Anxiety can be addressed through several ways. Consulting a therapist may be the best course of action as they are highly knowledgeable and trained to deal with such circumstances. For instance, the therapist can use talk therapy or cognitive therapy. In talk therapy, the therapist will provide you support by allowing you to share your thoughts and feeling and at the same time, suggest solutions. Meanwhile, when cognitive therapy is used, the therapist will help you learn new ways of thinking that can help disrupt and prevent the anxiety response.
The therapist might also suggest that you see a doctor who can prescribe anti-anxiety medications. Remember that therapists, counselors, and psychologists are not medical doctors who can prescribe medicines and drugs.
Eating disorders are widespread nowadays. It may stem from traumatic experiences such as bullying or may be caused by peer pressure. Some individuals who are afraid to gain weight or are too obsessed in staying fit may also end up having eating disorders without them knowing it.
Some of the most common eating disorders are bulimia, anorexia, and compulsive overeating. Each of these disorders has complex sets of causes and the triggers vary from one person to another. However, one thing is certain: these eating problems bring intense negative effects to one’s health both physical, and psychological, and social relationships may also be affected. With the help of a qualified therapist, these disorders can be treated and solved.
Dr. Bob Connolly is a licensed psychologist who specialized therapy testing and assessment in West Los Angeles and other places in Southern California.