Posts Tagged 'Depression'

My Four Month Struggle

I have been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Florida for awhile now, however I relocated to Pennsylvania and my licensure has been a difficult process. I had reciprocity in Pennsylvania, with my license, and sent all of my documents but it seemed that I frequently needed to have other things completed for the full process.  I’m not putting the blame on me, on Florida, or on Pennsylvania, but it was an undertaking that I wasn’t expecting to take so long.  I think as a therapist, we don’t discuss our feelings openly but I am a person with real emotions and feelings.  This was a difficult emotional struggle as I felt like things were out of my hands, out of my control, and a constant frustration.  I’m happy to say, my frustrations have come to an end, I finally received my license and it’s a relief that I can move forward and open my own practice.  I am officially a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania.

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Depression Outlets

When asked on a popular social networking site about what people use as an outlet for depression, the feedback was quite similar and repetitive.

The top 10 choices were the following:

  1. Expensive shoes
  2. Sex
  3. Shopping
  4. Band Practice
  5. Exercise
  6. Masturbation
  7. Social interactions
  8. Seeing a therapist
  9. Liquor
  10. Painting

Of the 10 different ways, only half were healthy ways.  Many people partake in unhealthy ways to take care of themselves.  It is important to identify what makes us happy and healthy.  Here are some healthy suggestions to use when depressed.

  1. Exercise: When you exercise regularly, you tone your body and metabolism, regulates stress hormones like cortisol, and promotes the release of endorphins (morphine-like substances that your body naturally releases when you exercise).
  2. Art:  Express your feelings and your artistic side.  You might come up with your most successful work while improving your mood.
  3. Seeing a therapist:  Some people have a difficult time expressing themselves.  This is a great way to express yourself without people judging you and have an impartial person to listen to you.
  4. Social Interactions: When depressed, many isolate.  This will only make you more depressed and focus on the pain rather then the positive things.  Get out there, call a friend, be social.
  5. Read a book: This is distract you and can be uplifting.  I recommend reading Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl.  It is very inspirational.

For more suggestions and/or feedback of what works for you, please email Amanda@amandalevison.com.