Coming off medication – can counselling help?

The below article by Ceire Sadlier describes her experience involving both Doctors and Counsellors as she gradually decided to come off medication for anxiety & depression.

She describes something that many clients can feel namely the pressure to “come off” medication which can be unhelpful and in some cases dangerous if not managed correctly.

The article also describes an initial negative (and expensive) experience when looking for counselling support.  This is something many clients describe which underlines the need for clients to research their therapists and to look around until they find one which fits and where a therapeutic relationship can develop.

What may work for one client in terms of a therapist may not necessarily work for another.  Therapists have been trained in different modalities and also often have specific specialties and post qualification training in specific areas.  All questions to ask about when making contact.

https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/health-family/it-is-three-months-since-i-took-the-last-anti-depressant-1.3275077

What is Stress?

Many clients present for counselling  because of “stress” and its associated links to anxiety, depression and relationship problems.

November 1st was National Stress Awareness Day and the below article from the BBC tries to break down simply what stress is.

Adrenaline is a hormone many people are familiar with but cortisol is often less in the public awareness.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/0/21685448

Mental Health in the Workplace – Thriving at Work Report

This week saw the publication of the Thriving at Work Report in the United Kingdom.

The report reveals the extent of the human cost of poor mental health at work and the impacts on society, the economy and the government.

It also provides a set of six core standards for employers to adopt and implement to support mental health in the workplace. These standards include imperatives to

  • Build mental health awareness by making information and support accessible
  • Encourage open conversations
  • Provide good working conditions and ensure employees have a healthy work-life balance
  • Promote effective people management, with line managers holding regular conversations about health and well-being with their staff
  • Routinely monitor employee mental health

A similar report in an Irish context would be interesting as the same issues ravage Irish workers on a daily basis across both public and private sectors.

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-41740666

Men most affected by mental health issues relating to work

A recent survey by UK mental health group MIND highlights issues for men with respect to their mental health & their place of work.

It also seems to show that women are better at taking time off and managing mental health concerns at work.

While gender may be a variable, workplace dynamics can be an area of concern for the mental health of all employees, with a variety of issues presenting serious challenges.

Counselling/Psychotherapy is one of a number of evidence based interventions that can help people with relationship issues, anxiety, depression & associated stress linked to work related concerns.

Feel free to make contact for any more information or advice.

Battling Burnout?

Burnout is something  many clients visit a counsellor for – often describing it in relation to work and family commitments.

Of course there can be more to it than that and as the below article from the Irish Times articulates, an exact definition is elusive..

Our brief mental health checkup is a simple way to provide a structured reflective space to examine how you may be feeling in terms of your mental health overall.

http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/health-family/are-you-burnt-out-1.3152333