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

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.

Tackling depression: Talk therapy or Antidepressants? Perhaps a brain scan will tell

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.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170324083023.htm