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.
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 this 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.
Over the past seven years my community based work as a therapist and in advocacy roles has put me face to face with the harsh effects of economic recession.
I have worked with many individuals & families experiencing first hand the effects of sudden homelessness, unexpected unemployment and serious accommodation issues to name but a few.
These experiences have repeatedly brought home to me how economic recession and the “boom bust” nature of the business cycle has serious implications for the nations mental health.
As we experience a new part of this cycle, it is worth pausing to think about whether our current approach to areas like health, housing and employment has evolved at all in light of recent experiences.
This becomes more urgent when considering impending changes to global corporate tax policy, Brexit and our growing/ageing population are all likely to figure in the next phase of this cycle.
This article highlights results of research led by Trinity College Dublin (based on the Growing Up in Ireland study) and puts some data and context behind the discussion.
Rapid developments in neuroscience are increasing knowledge of how the brain responds to different mental health interventions.
The below article explains recent research using a functional MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) brain scan to explore how some clients may respond better to talk therapy and others to medication when tacking depression.
Psychotherapist Karl Melvin explores practical tips for managing anger in this article from the journal.ie
Anger management is a complex issue & can be linked to many other underlying concerns, as varied as stress, insomnia, substance abuse and relationship problems.
For more information & support with anger management please feel free to make contact to explore options to help tackle this often destructive mental health concern.