Should I Take Medication for Depression

Should I take medication for depression ? These symptoms show medication may help. Crying spells that can happen at anytime. Even when you feel happy. Laying in bed for days. Too low energy to even bathe. Suicidal. Unable to speak with friends or reach out for help. These are signs of serious depression.

Should I take medication for depression

Decisions, decisions…

There are many factors in deciding whether to take medication for your mood. Should i take medication for depression If you are prescribed medication by your doctor, ask what symptoms he hopes it will treat. They may say it will give you more energy, reduce anxiety, or raise your mood. Ask for specific answers. Ask about side effects. Both the most common and less common side effects. Most often, the medication will either help or it won’t–with minimal side effects. In this case, your doctor may change your prescription. Some medications for anxiety and depression are addictive. Many sleep aids are addictive. It is important to know if your medication is addictive. Sometimes this is overlooked by physicians and patients. The most common addictive medications are Alprazolam, Clonazepam, Ambien and Lunesta. If prescribed for short periods– 2 weeks– they are generally safe. Most other medications for mood are not addictive. “Informed Consent” is your doctor or therapist obligation to disclose hazards and benefits of treatment. Only when you are aware of treatment, can you make a decision to comply or refuse it.

Was medication previously helpful?

If you took medication before and it was helpful, that’s a good sign it may help again. Tell your doctor the names of medications that worked for family members.

Medication Versus Counseling/Psychotherapy

There is no short answer but here are guidelines:
1) They often compliment one another.
2) Unless you are severely depressed, try counseling first. The results tend to be longer lasting.
3) For low energy and fatigue, meds are often more helpful.
4) Addictive meds are often prescribed for severe anxiety and panic attacks. Try counseling first. Cognitive therapy usually works well. And can get quick results.
5) Medication changes your mental state. Therapy changes traits. Or changes how you cope with stress.

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Healthier Intimate Relationships

I employ concepts and approaches aimed to help empower your relationships. To help you focus on only what you can control.: your own behavior. There are many reasons one experiences rocky intimate relationships. Relationships don’t come with an instruction manual.

Having Healthy Relationships

Unhealthy relationships, dysfunctional relationships. Self-defeating relationships, chaotic relationships? These are common struggles and I can assist you. Fear of commitment, significant others who are emotionally unavailable and self-absorbed. Feelings of possessiveness and jealous toward your mate. Always feel like you are left hanging on a string. Constant angst. Waiting for text messages. “Why did he take so long to return my text? What exactly did he mean when he texted, ‘ttyl’?” Constantly feeling unwanted. Feeling rejected.

Why are relationships so difficult and painful?

I employ concepts and approaches aimed to help empower your relationships. To help you focus on only what you can control.: your own behavior. There are many reasons one experiences rocky intimate relationships. Relationships don’t come with an instruction manual. relationship help atlantaBUT, there is a common thread that runs through dysfunctional relationships. They key is for you to identify the origins of your relationship patterns. Only then can you begin to change your relationships.

Why do I have relationship problems? I need advice. I need more than advice!

It is important to identify Triggers that preceed:

1) you pushing someone away
2) you distancing yourself
3) anger and rage episodes
4) becoming suspicious and obsessive
5) feeling abandoned
6) feeling unwanted
7) feeling unlovable

I can help you identify triggers. I have been trained in techniques to help you gain new perspective. The first step is gaining insight on your behavior. I will then provide advice based on your new understanding of yourself.

Why do I continue to attract unaccountable men?

Ponder this: First, it is an expression of helplessness to believe you are a magnet for lousy men. It suggests you are a passive participant in your relationships. Second, we encounter the many of the opposite sex every day. Is it not through chance accident these men have the  same qualities. Empower yourself! I can help you have a deeper understanding of yourself and who YOU are attracted to.

We interrupt this program for Breaking News. If you are still reading this, you are likely a good candidate for improving your relationships!

Parental Abandonment in Childhood

Abandonment is perceived by an adult differently than a child. Children own their abandonment. I was bad. I did something wrong. I was to blame. I did something to not be loved. What did I do to make Mom not want me?

What do children perceive as abandonment?

A parent who:

1) had an alcohol or drug addiction (click here for an excellent book)
2) was incarcerated
3) died
4) left the home
a) started another family
b) many broken promises of visitations, birthdays.
c) broke all contact

A child perceives a parent’s death in the same manner as if they had they left. Or if they were incarcerated. Why didn’t he want me? What did I do wrong? Have you ever told yourself those words in your intimate relationships? If so, you could be acting out those old abandonments.

Bad Experiences or Unpleasant Memories from Childhood

Sometimes we have bad early memories but question whether it was abusive. I can help you determine this.

1) Sexual Abuse
a) Incest
b) Sexual exploitation
c) Being touched in ways that caused you to feel uncomfortable
d) Taken advantage of while you were intoxicated
2) Emotional neglect
a) Parent who was absent emotionally
b) Substance abusing parent
3) Physical Abuse
a) discipline that felt to you the person was in a rage

Why discuss my past?

1) If it is causing unhealthy adult behavior then your past is…your present. If you revisit the past, you give it new meaning. This new meaning paves the way to changing the present.

Be Courageous. You can do it!

I will provide the safe environment for you to confront your pain and fears. Take charge now.  Click here to make an instant appointment.

Grief Counseling

Grief Counseling

Most people initially seek counseling for help coping with a recent traumatic event or loss. If in the area, they may seek out Grief Counseling Atlanta based therapists. Grief comes in many forms:

1) Death of a family member or loved one.2) Living with a chronic or terminal illness.3) Grief Counseling Atlanta for job loss.4) Divorce.5) Abrupt ending of a relationship.6) Near death experiences such as an automobile accident.7) Children and divorce.8) Adult Children of Alcoholics.9) Adult children of parental abandonment.

I have heard there are stages of grief. What does this mean?

You may be acquainted with the Kubler-Ross Model of the stages of grief. This model applies in many situations in Grief Counseling. Many of my clients come from the Metropolitan Atlanta and surroundings areas in Georgia. This has allowed me to specialize in work with a wide variety of cultures and ethnic groups. Grief Counseling Atlanta based then can manifest differently across cultural groups. Following is the Kubler-Ross model from Wiki:


— The first reaction is denial. In this stage individuals believe the diagnosis is somehow mistaken, and cling to a false, preferable reality.


— When the individual recognizes that denial cannot continue, it becomes frustrated, especially at proximate individuals. Certain psychological responses of a person undergoing this phase would be: “Why me? It’s not fair!”; “How can this happen to me?”; ‘”Who is to blame?”; “Why would this happen?”.


— The third stage involves the hope that the individual can avoid a cause of grief. Usually, the negotiation for an extended life is made in exchange for a reformed lifestyle. People facing less serious trauma can bargain or seek compromise.


— “I’m so sad, why bother with anything?”; “I’m going to die soon so what’s the point?”; “I miss my loved one, why go on?” During the fourth stage, the individual becomes saddened by the mathematical probability of death. In this state, the individual may become silent, refuse visitors and spend much of the time mournful and sullen.


— “It’s going to be okay.”; “I can’t fight it, I may as well prepare for it.”; “Nothing is impossible.”In this last stage, individuals embrace mortality or inevitable future, or that of a loved one, or other tragic event. People dying may precede the survivors in this state.

The stages of grief don’t happen in this order. For example, one doesn’t move through the 5 stages then is done grieving. For example, as people struggle with denial they may alternate. Reach the bargaining stage, then become in denial again. Noteworthy is that this process is normal and natural. Depression often is not problematic unless it persists for many months.