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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 2:09 pm 
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Where the hell do you even start? So lost.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 2:22 pm 
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Depends on what you're trying to do.

if you want to simply be happier, feel better, healthier, etc. then the growing field of positive psychology might be a place to start.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Positive_psychology


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Abraham Maslow proposed a hierarchy of needs. Foremost, primitive needs must be met (basic physiological, and sense of safety) before social needs can be met (e.g., intimacy). Subsequently, one can pursue more conceptual needs (e.g. morality and self-actualization).

Evidence suggests negative emotions can be damaging. In an article titled "The undoing effect of positive emotions", Barbara Fredrickson et al. hypothesized positive emotions undo the cardiovascular effects of negative emotions. When people experience stress, they show increased heart rate, higher blood sugar, immune suppression, and other adaptations optimized for immediate action. If unregulated, the prolonged physiological activation can lead to illness, coronary heart disease, and heightened mortality. Both lab and survey research substantiate that positive emotions help people under stress to return to a preferable, healthier physiological baseline.[119] Other research shows that improved mood is one of the various benefits of physical exercise.[118]


It sounds hokey at first, (kind of a motivational speaker meets halmark greeting card thing) but the data behind it actually is pretty strong.

Historically psychology was aimed at fixing what was broken, or aiming to understand the the psyche in general rather than improving what is not broken. The last 10-15 years though have seen the rise of positive psych as a field of study. There are some books out there by Dr. Martin Seligman who was really the pioneer.

Again, it seems hokey at first, but look at the data before you scoff.

As with anything, take it with a grain of salt, there are a number of criticisms out there of the subject, but what I've read of the criticisms still cannot account for the measurable improvement of quality of life reported.


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I don't think it's that, exactly. Thanks though. Looking more psychiatrically-based, I think.


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Look in your health plan for counseling, talk to a Psychologist, your GP, and get recs from them.

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Definitely make an appointment with a psychologist. At the very least they'll be able to point you in the right direction. It's worth it, just do it.

Here's a good place to start: therapists.psychologytoday.com


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I've been fighting depression most of my life. I work in the field of mental health issues tied to substance use disorders. If you are worried about your mental health talk to your GP and get a referral to a psychologist or therapist. DO NOT SELF MEDICATE!!! That path leads to a very dark place. First suggestion, walk daily, get outdoors and enjoy fresh air and sunshine. Eat the stuff you know you should and avoid anything with a commercial or a drive through window. Let us know how you're doing.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 4:49 pm 
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Good luck. I know it's not a fun road to be on. The fact that you want to get better is a huge part of the battle. For many people it's easier (and in their minds, safer) to not make the effort.

My biggest problem was that I wanted to be better but I felt like I was being phony around people that already knew me as depressed. So I just defaulted to that emotion around those people, which would set me back. Don't get into that trap. The people you know (that care about you) want to see you better. And the ones that don't? Why care what they think?

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It may depends on your employment or health care plan. A lot of employers have an employee help line. Usually you can call and get an immediate referral to a counselor. In my experience it usually takes 2-3 months to get even a first visit, so call sooner rather than later.


If you're a person of faith, many clergy actually receive a fair amount of counseling training, and there are religion specific counseling services. Something like 85-90% of psychologists are atheists, so if your specific problem is faith oriented or has some faith aspect, you may want to look into that. (not that they would be unprofessional, but when it comes to recommending a therapy course, they may have issues being 100% unbiased)


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I wish you were a veteran, I could point you to quite a few resources. Lacking that, I don't have much to offer beyond what everyone else said except that more exercise might really help you out if you aren't getting much already.

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Under Obamacare, if you have health insurance then your carrier is required to provide mental health coverage. Go the provider's website (mine for example is Aetna) and you can search for this benefit. If it was me I'd start with a psychiatrist because if it can be treated chemically they can prescribe you meds, if it cannot be treated chemically they can provide either psychological therapy or steer you to a specialist.

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Many psychiatrists have almost no training in therapy. And referrals go both ways.


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