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From Algonquin, IL: Should I Seek Counseling?

Feb 1, 2008
Sometimes you may need to talk to someone who can help...an expert. When you feel like you have hit a brick wall... When you feel trapped, overwhelmed with nowhere to turn...

When you worry all the time, and never seem to find the answer... When your anxiety affects your sleep, eating habits, job, your relationships, concentration or everyday life... When even the advice offered by family or well-meaning friends does not really help you feel any better.

Getting professional help is the important initial step in getting the anxiety relief or goal attainment you may seek. Counseling can be of real benefit, providing help for a wide range of problems such as depression, despair, marital strife, parent-child conflicts, or excessive stress.

It can also help fulfill aspirations for personal development, self-actualization and self-improvement. Counseling has one goal only: That something positive and meaningful will result.

Some of the most common reasons for seeking therapy include:

Emotional Distress
From time to time, we all experience anxiety or stress. But sometimes it can be particularly severe or long-lasting . It may interfere with your functioning in daily life. If your sadness, grief, or anxiety is particularly persistent, therapy can help relieve the symptoms, address the underlying causes, and provide you with help in restoring emotional well-being.

Growth and Development
Therapy can help you overcome obstacles that have interfered with your ability to reach your goals. Counseling can help you learn more about yourself, as well as others, and how you can live your life with greater satisfaction.

Relationships
Distress commonly comes from dysfunctions in relating to spouses, parents, kids, co-workers or other relatives.
Therapy can help you to understand the root of the problem and provide you with the understanding and skills needed to generate that feeling of closeness again.

Coping Mechanisms
Sometimes emotional or relationship problems are associated with poor or impaired coping skills, such as denial, poor communication, excessive passivity, or poor anger management.

Loss
Experiencing the loss of someone who is important through death, divorce or separation often results in intense depression or anxiety and therapy can be effective in eliminating it.

Trauma, Violence or Abuse
Victims of trauma or abuse often become so overwhelmed by feelings of fear, anxiety, or hopelessness that their ability to function becomes seriously impaired. Counseling provides a safe and confidential way to discuss these issues with an expert in order to discover ways to move forward.

Depression, ADHD, Anxiety
Those who experience these issues can often benefit from therapy and another treatment method, such as medication. Importantly, recent studies demonstrate that individuals with ADHD, major depression or anxiety symptoms benefit much more from a combination of counseling and medication than from the use of drugs alone.
About the Author
Dr Shery is in Cary, IL, near Algonquin, Crystal Lake, Marengo and Lake-in-the-Hills. He's an expert psychologist. Call 1 847 516 0899 and make an appt orlearn more about counseling at: http://www.carypsychology.com
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