When depression and anxiety affect your daily life, treatment options such as counseling can be a helpful tool in recovery. There are many different forms of counseling, but at the center of each is the caring relationship between a mental health professional and a patient.

WHAT IS COUNSELING?

Counseling is unique in that it is a confidential and safe system. It provides a neutral, non-judgmental environment in which you can discuss your thoughts and feelings with a licensed mental health care professional.

Counseling can help a person identify and improve troubling emotions, thoughts, and behaviors.

For milder symptoms of depression or anxiety, counseling alone can be as effective as medication. Your therapist can help you identify and change negative thought and behavior patterns which affect your mood. When symptoms are more severe, combining counseling with an antidepressant medication may be the necessary treatment.

Counseling may also help prevent your anxiety or depressive symptoms from returning once you feel better.

Seeking help for your depression or anxiety is not an admission of weakness, but a step towards understanding and obtaining relief from distressing symptoms. If you or a loved one are 65 or older and could benefit from counseling, contact New Beginnings our program for senior citizens in Metropolis and the surrounding area.

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