Depression

One of the most common psychological problems, affecting nearly everyone at some point in their lives. Depression is a psychological condition that changes how you think and feel, and also affects your social behaviour
and sense of physical well-being. Once identified, most people with depression can be successfully treated.

Recognizing depression is the first step in treating it.
Nearly two-thirds of depressed people do not get proper treatment because:
  • the symptoms are not recognized as depression.
  • depressed people are seen as weak or lazy.
  • social stigma causes people to avoid needed treatment.
  • the symptoms are so disabling that the people affected cannot reach out for help.
  • many symptoms are misdiagnosed as physical problems
  • individual symptoms are treated, rather than the underlying cause.
With proper treatment, nearly 80% of those with depression can make significant improvement in their mood and life adjustment.

A serious loss, chronic illness, relationship problems, work stress, family crisis, financial setback, or any unwelcome life change can trigger a depressive episode. When you feel depressed, and don't know where to turn,
talk to someone who can help.... a psychologist.

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Depression, Mediation, Panic Disorder #01

Mediation

Mediation for the counsellor generally relates to family disputes. Family mediation helps those involved in family breakdown to communicate better with one another and reach their own decisions about all or some of the issues arising from separation or divorce including children, property and finance. Mediation is about directly negotiating your own decisions with the help of a third party. It is an alternative to solicitors negotiating between the parties or having decisions made for you by the courts.

A trained mediator will meet with you both for a series of sessions in which you will be helped to:
  • Identify the matters you wish to consider
  • Collect the relevant information
  • Talk about the options open to you
  • Negotiate to reach decisions that are acceptable to both parties
  • Discuss how you can consult your children appropriately about arrangementsMediation is flexible and confidential. It help you and your spouse to settle the conflicts between you, in a way that helps you to work together as parents after your divorce.

    Research has shown that couples felt that mediation had helped them to:
    • End the marital relationship amicably
    • Reduce conflict
    • Maintain good relationships with their ex spouses
    • Carry less bitterness and resentment into their post-divorce lives.
    • Be more content with existing child care arrangements and less likely to have disagreement about child contact.
    • Be able to reach agreement that had survived the test of time.
    • Be glad they had used mediation.
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    Panic Disorder

    A Panic Attack is defined as the sudden onset of an episode of intense fear or discomfort, which peaks in approximately 10 minutes, and includes at least four of the following symptoms:
    • a feeling of imminent danger or doom;
      • the need to escape;
      • palpitations;
      • sweating;
      • trembling;
      • shortness of breath or a smothering feeling;
      • a feeling of choking;
      • chest pain or discomfort;
      • nausea or abdominal discomfort;
      • dizziness or light-headedness;
      • a sense of things being unreal, depersonalization;
      • a fear of losing control or "going crazy";
      • a fear of dying;
      • tingling sensations;
      • chills or hot flushes.
      Panic disorder is highly treatable, with a variety of available and extremely effective therapies.

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      Forest Therapeutic Counselling Agency
      Tel: 020 8502 4674