You are special. You are worthy. Your life has a purpose. Although, you do not hear this every day, it is all true. Sometimes life can start to take a toll on us and we can get depressed or overwhelmed. Every day is not as happy and fulfilling as we would like; however, the most important thing to do is to see the Bigger Picture and know all things come to an end. It is hard to be positive all the time, however, negativity weighs heavily on us and can began to take a toll on our thoughts, emotions, and even our actions. Depression, anxiety, or possible thoughts of suicide impact individuals daily. It’s important that we work to recognize our emotions and be willing to communicate with others in an effort to regain control over our lives.
I understand the stigma and stereotype associated with counseling or seeking help; however, we all have a need to communicate and engage with one another. There are individuals who are trained to aid in different areas of our life. Be willing to get the help you need and seek treatment through therapy.
Statistics have shown us that Major Depressive Disorder affects approximately 14.8 million American adults, or about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older, in a given year. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18% of the population; and there is one death by suicide in the US every 12.3 minutes. With facts like these, it is essential to take the first step and begin the healing process through talk therapy.
Remember, life is ever-changing. We are ever-changing. Nothing remains the same, but there is a way to ensure that you are able to endure the ups and downs of life: talk with a professional. There is a silver lining around every dark cloud; we just need help to see past the dusk of our storms – to see the light at the end. As a famous poet stated, “My cup may be half full or even half empty, but at least I have a cup!” I encourage you to be open to something new and know there is help available.
If you or a loved one have any needs where I may be of assistance, please feel free to contact the Empower Behavioral Health office and schedule an appointment.
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By Monretta Vega, LPC, March 14, 2016