Will The Things I Discuss In Therapy Be Kept Private?

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Seeking help in the first place is a bold first step when addressing depression or anxiety. After making the decision to seek help, there may be concerns about own privacy during therapy. Therapists understand that you need to feel comfortable talking about private and revealing information. You need a safe place to talk about anything you want without fear of that information leaving the room. Here are a few reasons why your privacy is safe with Mindful Healing.

First, Privacy is the Law

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) contains a privacy rule that creates national standards for protecting an individual’s medical records and personal health information, including information about psychotherapy and mental health services.

Second, We Have a Code of Ethics

Psychologists and other mental health professionals believe confidentiality is a major principle in our code of ethics.

We also have five guiding principles:

  • we strive to prioritize the benefits for those we work with,
  • we establish relationships with trust,
  • we promote integrity with accuracy and honesty,
  • we recognize that fairness and justice is entitled to all persons, and
  • we respect everyone’s right to dignity.

What Will My Employer Know?

Even if your employer provides your health insurance, they do not receive information about your health services. There are employers that specifically offer employee assistance programs (EAP’s) which may include mental health programs, but the employer does not receive information about how the employee uses it.

How Much Gets Shared with My Parents?

If you are under 18, there is usually an initial meeting with the child and the parents to establish ground rules, so everyone knows what to expect. The intent is to create a safe space for the child so he or she feels comfortable sharing feelings and information. In some cases, the parents may only want to be informed if the child is engaging in risky activities. If you are over 18, but use your parent’s insurance, they may get a statement of Explanation of Benefits, but they will not have access to what you have discussed with your therapist.

What Can I Share About My Therapy?

This is up to you and your comfort level. Sharing with your friends and family that you are seeing a therapist or counselor is your right as a patient. How much information you decide to share is up to you.

Is Counseling Just for Depression and Anxiety?

The short answer is no. Getting help for depression and getting help for anxiety are the primary reasons why people seek counseling, but specifically, you may need help with PTSD, grieving, pain management, ADHD, or generally feeling lost and needing help with direction in life. We view therapy as a collaborative process with the goal of healing physical pain, fostering insight, developing personal empowerment, and creating inner harmony so you can live as your authentic self.

 

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Upward Trend in Mental Health

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As a global culture we have come a long way from believing mental illness conditions were rooted in religion or superstition. Although records dating back to the 5th century suggest that Hippocrates was known to treat mental health conditions by identifying changes in environment or occupation, for centuries mental health was still marginalized and often unaddressed.

Support, Education, Advocacy, and Research

The way mental illness is portrayed and reported in culture and media has the greatest impact on influencing public opinion on mental health issues and perpetuating stigma. More recently, however, there has been a great deal of progress in the way pop culture media is building sensitivity for those who suffer from mental illness. Today, we see a trend towards de-stigmatizing mental health in all aspects of our lives. Public figures share their struggles with depression and anxiety. These include politicians, athletes, and actors. We are seeing more roles and stronger characters that serve the subject of mental health with more compassion and less stigma.

More Organizations and More Spending

While the prevalence of mental health conditions among adults has been relatively stable since 2008, we have seen an increase in organizations and federal spending. Cuts in 2019 will be the first year when funding has decreased. In fact, a 2020 bill to increase funding for National Institutes of Health (NIH), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) was just approved in June 2019 which would also increase funding for grants such as the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant.

Not All Trends are Rosy

Despite the positive trend towards greater support and understanding for those who suffer from mental health issues, specific conditions like depression and ADHD are on the rise. Major depression continues to increase among women and young adults. The most concerning trend, however, is that conditions associated with mental health issues are worse among those who are uninsured or poor. The twelve-month prevalence was higher among uninsured adults (4.7%), compared to insured adults (3.9%), and far higher among those below 100% of the federal poverty level (6.8%) compared to those at or above the federal poverty level (3.5%).

You Don’t Need Insurance and Therapy is Affordable

Therapy and counseling are affordable, and you do not need insurance. In fact, at Mindful Healing Portland, LLC, we accept clients on a sliding scale based on your budget and needs. Part of our mission is to provide high-quality care without adding undue financial stress to our clients. We are currently accepting clients for our sliding scale rates.

 

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How Much Does Therapy Cost Without Insurance?

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Money and Mental Health

These are two topics that are almost considered taboo conversation starters. Money and mental health both have stigmas that may be difficult to broach in a conversation. This becomes an even greater challenge when they overlap. Most people consider getting therapy and counseling to be unobtainable because of financial barriers. Finding affordable help for mental health is a topic that is important and is becoming easier to talk about.

Deciding To Get Help In The First Place

Getting counseling and therapy for mental health issues is affordable. Many practitioners, like Mindful Healing Portland, offer services on a sliding scale based on your income. Now that you know that financing is not a barrier you will want to take some first steps to get help. You may still want to know where to start when feeling depressed or dealing with other mental health issues. Find someone to talk to, someone you trust.  This can be a family member or a friend. It is also ok if you feel more comfortable talking to a therapist, counselor or family doctor. Sometimes we feel less judged by “strangers”.

Is Counseling Just For Depression and Anxiety?

The short answer is no. Getting help for depression and getting help for anxiety are the primary reasons why people seek counseling, but you may need help more specifically with PTSD, grieving, pain management, ADHD, and generally feeling loss or needing help with direction in life. We view therapy as a collaborative process with the goal of healing psychic pain, fostering insight, developing personal empowerment, and creating inner harmony so you can live as your authentic self. Mindfulness services such as Mindfulness Training can help greatly in achieving these goals. Learn about Mindfulness Training at Mindful Healing.

If I Have Insurance Does It Cover Therapy?

All insurance plans must include mental health benefits according to the Affordable Care Act. This means most people with health insurance have some form of mental health coverage for treatment such as counseling and therapy. This also means that you might be required to choose a therapist within your providers network.  Your insurance may require other criteria like providing a diagnosis, paying a deductible, or a referral for treatment.

Affordable Therapy and Counseling

Therapy and counseling are affordable, and you do not need insurance. In fact, at Mindful Healing Portland, LLC, we accept clients on a sliding scale based on your budget and needs. Part of our mission is to provide high-quality care without adding undue financial stress to our clients. We are currently accepting clients for our sliding scale rates.

 

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Am I Depressed? Can I Self-Diagnose Depression?

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The short answer is no, but you can self-assess to determine if therapy is the next step for you. A professional diagnosis, as you might imagine, must come from someone with proper mental health training and education like a National Certified Counselor (NCC) or Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

Aren’t Online Depression Tests Controversial?

They can be. Mostly because mental health is a spectrum and checking off multiple choice questions without the availability to follow-up questions can’t replace a professional counselor. Also, some of the online tests are used as marketing tools to capture your contact information for newsletters and advertising. The biggest concern is that they are not intended to replace a professional diagnosis but can start the conversation and help in assessment and make you aware of symptoms that are compatible with depression.

In a goodwill effort, Google partnered with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to create a self-assessment test. There were two concerns; one was that you were possibly sharing your mental health information with a big corporation like Google, the second one was that while NAMI is a great support organization for families dealing with mental health issues, they are not a medical organization.

How Can I Self-Assess Online?

We can’t stress enough that these are NOT diagnostic tools! Please consult a mental health professional for a diagnosis. These are quizzes to help you assess symptoms and decide if the next step for you is to seek a counselor or therapist.

John M. Grohol, Psy. D., Editor of Psych Central, was one of the critics of Google’s Depression Test, mostly out of concerns for privacy. He is also a Doctor of Psychology with a multi-decade career in mental health. He has two quizzes, the Quick Depression Test and the slightly longer Depression Quiz.

Kaiser Permanente and Pfizer also have a quick Depression self-assessment tool that is extremely user-friendly. Although, if you had the same concerns about Google sponsoring a mental health test, then you may have concerns about who sponsors Kaiser’s quiz. Kaiser is a large insurance company and Pfizer is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies that treat mental health disorders like a disease. Mental health disorders are NOT a disease.

What Do I Do with the Test Results?

We have a great article about where to start when feeling depressed. In that article, we talk about self-assessment and 10 signs you might be depressed. The most important next step is to talk to someone you trust. Someone you trust can be a family member or a friend, but it is also common for the person you trust the most with your depression to be a stranger. Reaching out to a professional counselor can remove doubt about bias or personal history you have with friends and family. You can also seek out others who experience and understand depression. In Portland, there are meetups, large and small, where you can socialize with others that have the same challenges. The largest meetup is the Portland Anxiety & Depression Group. As of the date of this blog post, they are 4,800 members strong.

I Already Feel Like I Can’t Cope

If you feel like life isn’t worth living or having thoughts about suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Local crisis workers are available 24/7 to listen and help.

Do I Need Insurance to See a Therapist?

No. In fact, at Mindful Healing Portland LLC, we accept clients on a sliding scale. We are currently accepting clients for our sliding scale rates. According to Psychology Today, almost half (47.7 percent) of those diagnosed with depression do not seek help due to assumptions about the cost of treatment. Please don’t let this be a barrier towards seeking help.

 

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Getting Help for Depression in Portland

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Depression is isolating, but you are not alone—especially if you live in Portland, OR or Vancouver, WA. As recently as 2017, WalletHub did a survey and found Portland and Vancouver as the two most depressed cities in the United States. Ironically, this was stated in a report titled, “The Happiest States in America.”

YOU ARE NOT ALONE

If you are feeling depressed, it is important to reach out. In a previous blog, we offer ideas for where to start when feeling depressed. There are options like talking to someone you trust or social groups, meetups, hotline, and chats. Some feel more comfortable talking to a counselor. The good news is depression can be treated and you shouldn’t be expected to do it alone. Therapy is a collaborative process with the goal of healing and developing personal empowerment.

WHY IS IT HARD TO ASK FOR HELP?

The biggest factors that prevent people from seeking help are logistics, cost, and time.  Help with depression can be affordable. Other factors like feeling you can handle it on your own and embarrassment or concern about burdening your friends and loved ones are completely normal.  Asking for help with depression can be challenging, but depression is already challenging. There is plenty of help out there.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I’M DEPRESSED?

Everyone feels sad, empty, or lonely at times. These are normal, healthy emotions to experience. They tell us when we are experiencing pain, disappointment, or loss, etc., and encourage us to slow down. Emotions like sadness tend to be short-lived feelings that come and go. Depression is more persistent. If you feel like you are depressed but unsure, it is a good idea to get a professional opinion from a counselor or therapist.

DO I NEED INSURANCE TO SEE A THERAPIST?

No. In fact, at Mindful Healing Portland LLC., we accept clients on a sliding scale. We are currently accepting clients for our sliding scale rates. According to Psychology Today, almost half (47.7 percent) of those diagnosed with depression do not seek help due to assumptions about the cost of treatment. Please don’t let this be a barrier towards seeking help.

 

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Is Childhood Trauma Impacting Me as an Adult?

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This is a big question and if you are asking, you may already be experiencing some of the long-lasting effects of childhood trauma. Adults who experience childhood trauma are twice as likely to develop depression and three times more likely to develop anxiety.

What is Childhood Trauma?

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, childhood trauma is defined as: “The experience of an event by a child that is emotionally painful or distressful, which often results in lasting mental and physical effects.” The first types of trauma that come to mind is physical or emotional abuse. Trauma can also come in the form of witnessing or knowing about physical or emotional abuse. Additionally, trauma can come in the form of surviving a natural disaster or losing a home.

Doesn’t Everyone Experience Trauma?

Not everyone, but it is common. According to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, 78 percent of children report more than one traumatic experience before the age of 5. These include sexual abuse, neglect, exposure to domestic violence, and traumatic loss or bereavement. Only a few of these get addressed, less than 20 percent, and can impact daily life into adulthood.

How Can It Impact Adulthood?

When childhood trauma is not addressed, it can lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD can cause changes in your thinking, behavioral, emotional, or arousal. If PTSD is causing you distress or impacting your functioning, it is wise to seek treatment to get help with whatever changes you are experiencing. Click for more information on how trauma can develop into PTSD.

What Are the Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders?

  • Recurrent memories, thoughts, dreams, or nightmares that are about, or related in content to, the traumatic event(s)
  • Flashbacks, feeling disconnected from the body (some people describe it as though they are watching their life as it were a movie)
  • The feeling that the world is fake/an illusion or lack of awareness of surroundings.
  • Attempts to avoid distressing thoughts, memories, emotions, or reminders about the event.

For a full list click on symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorders.

Treatment for PTSD

With a supportive, trauma-informed therapist you can get great results with treatments. No two individuals are alike. This means that you should receive the care that is specific to you. Whether you have experienced trauma or are dealing with PTSD, therapeutic support can be life changing.

Do I Need Insurance to See a Therapist?

No. In fact, at Mindful Healing Portland LLC., we accept clients on a sliding scale. We are currently accepting clients for our sliding scale rates.

 

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Mental Health Issues Change from Culture to Culture

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The classic definition of culture usually expresses a group of people based on multiple factors such as language, religion, cuisine, and region. Mental health disorders differ from culture to culture. Depression in the United States is different than depression in Japan, or Kenya, or China. Our own personal expectations of how to experience the world change based on our own unique cultures, including the cultures of our home. Thus, mental health reactions and issues can look different from person to person, even here within the city of Portland, Oregon.

Why Does it even Matter?

It matters because when we focus on mental health, we are focusing on personal goals in navigating and experiencing this life. Goals and values can significantly change from person to person, as well as having a unique perspective about the world. A multiculturally competent counselor will not impose their worldview and values onto you, but help you figure out how to achieve your own personal goals, which may look very different from the therapist. Therapists who do not take a multicultural lens may try to impose their own biases onto you (and even multiculturally aware ones can too) and as such it will not be effective therapy because it no longer is about your personal perceptions.

Another reason it is important to understand that mental health disorders and issues change from culture to culture is being able to understand them as stress reactions and not as a disease. Cancer, no matter where it is identified in the world, looks the same, whereas mental health issues change from culture to culture. This is a huge shift to fundamentally understanding mental health disorders, stress, and personal development.

Examples of Cultural Misunderstandings

The culture we grow up in teaches us about how to interact with the world. A prime example of an American value and cultural value is eye contact. Eye contact is expected in the U.S. as a method of politeness, and a lack of eye contact can convey dishonesty, shame, or autism-spectrum disorders. Conversely, in China direct eye contact is considered rude. If a counselor meets with a client whose parents are from China, the client may not make eye contact, not because they are shy or ashamed, but because that’s appropriate. A counselor who does not understand this may misdiagnose a client or not communicate well.

Does the Health Care System Address This?

The health care system is changing and has become better over the years addressing mental health, but it is still a part of a system that treats mental health as a disease. This impacts how mental health is perceived and also impacts how people seek help.

Coping with the Stigma

Fight against the stigma that is reinforced by your environment. Don’t fear the incorrect negative labels. Get treatment for your anxiety or depression. Stigma doesn’t only come from others; you have to fight your own stigmas. It is not uncommon for you to believe that your challenges are from a personal weakness and you should be able to manage without help. These are natural healthy instincts and all the more reason to seek help. You are not alone, and you don’t have to be alone. Also, do not identify yourself with your depression or anxiety. You, in fact all of us, are much more than the issues that challenge us. We are foremost; family, friends, lovers, companions, and confidants.

 

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Fighting the Stigma of Mental Health

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Stigma refers to the negative social views that are associated with a particular circumstance or quality. Within the realm of mental health, this is the feeling of, or negative perception about, a person with a mental health issue. Stigma is so pervasive that it is built into our colloquialisms; statements like “he’s crazy,” are used to describe bad behavior, which then creates an association between bad behavior and experiencing a disorder. This is unconstructive and can lead to discrimination both towards others and the self. Stigma creates many complications and misunderstandings about mental health.

Consequences of Stigma

Stigma can present a number of issues. For one, it makes people less understanding about other people’s suffering or conditions or causes people to blame others for their conditions. Let’s use another colloquialism to demonstrate this process. The phrase “she’s just anxious” can be used to dismiss the reactions of someone who experiences an anxiety. There are some major implications to that statement. It ascribes the characteristic of the disorder to define the person. We don’t describe someone diagnosed with cancer as “she is cancer” or someone who currently has the flu as “she is flu,” because we don’t blame the person for their health condition. The more proper phrasing that eliminates blame is “she experiences anxiety.”

The research shows some other jarring data about stigma. In addition to creating blame, negative views, and misunderstandings about mental health, it also causes people to ostracize those with mental health issues and isolate them. Research also shows that increased stigma makes mental health conditions worse. Sociologists and anthropologists have observed that societies that are more accepting of those with mental health issues tend to have people who have less severe symptoms and easier recoveries than societies with less acceptance.

Another challenge with stigma is that it is not just an external process towards others. We internalize stigma, which means that if we ever experience a mental health condition, we ostracize ourselves for having a health problem. Stigma is one of the primary barriers for those seeking help because not only do they have to deal with the challenges of mental health issues, they experience shame for having one in the first place.

Why Do Stigmas Persist?

There are lots of reasons. Part of it is that in a history of misunderstanding, the science of psychology is very young in Western society. The notion that mental health disorders are stress reactions is relatively new. The history of mental health has historical stigmas, misperceptions, and other prejudices that are passed down from generation to generation. The main book for diagnosis, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, used to have homosexuality as a diagnosis despite it being a very normal part of our diversity in sexuality.

Another challenge comes in with public education and awareness. Despite the fact that we, as a species, all have different capacities and challenges with our abilities to think, emote, and process, mental health is not a normative subject in any K-12 program or even in universities. Some notions of mental health disorders and what they are have only just begun to enter the public perception.

Another contributing factor to stigma comes from our model for treating mental health issues. Like the vast majority of health issues in the United States, the funding for treatment of mental health disorders comes via health insurance statistics. Health insurance companies presently operate on the “disease” model of mental health, rather than viewing it in a holistic manner. In a disease model you either (1) have a disease and are unhealthy, or (2) you don’t have a disease and are healthy. However, the science shows that mental health disorders are likely normal stress reactions to unhealthy circumstances, rather than an unhealthy process. For a great essay with more details click on why disorders are not diseases.

Another source of stigma comes from the multi-billion-dollar pharmaceutical industry. Let’s unpack that loaded statement. First, there is massive stigma towards pharmaceuticals in general that prevent people from taking helpful medication. Pharmaceuticals have a role in mental health in creating adjustments to disordered neurochemistry and is not a reflection of anything right or wrong with a person. They help a lot of people and I am of the belief that people should take them if they help lead to a healthier, better life. The problem is in the campaign to medicate misery and anxiety as a whole. Uncomfortable emotions are major communicators that tell us about our world, environment, and needs. The notion that one is experiencing depression, trauma, or anxiety and, thus, is unhealthy is untrue. Learning how to understand and process our feelings and learning to adapt to our environment are important developmental milestones that lead to long-term healthier outcomes. Misery is not a sickness.

There are other major sources of stigma and this blog does not have the room to address them all. Culture, family, and knowledge are all intertwined. Just remember, fighting stigma starts at home. The more open and honest you can be about your own mental health, the more capable you are of offering courage and understanding for others to do the same.

Common Incorrect Prejudices Against Anxiety and Depression

It is important to identify misconceptions and realize why they are inaccurate. There is the notion that people suffering from depression lack willpower and need to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. Another misconception is that people suffering from anxiety have a weak personality, lack courage, or are just indecisive. There is no truth to either of those statements and the mentality of “just deal with it,” does nothing to actually fix legitimate psychological struggles. Anxiety and depression are not due to a lack of willpower or weakness. Nobody chooses depression or anxiety. There is strength to those who are surviving their struggle, and courage to working through it.

Coping with the Stigma

Begin with awareness. It starts with learning to differentiate between what are common misconceptions as opposed to what reflects reality. Know that whatever you’re experiencing or that others are experiencing isn’t due to some huge flaw but the result of some sort of internal reaction to environmental factors. If you are struggling with a mental health issue, you may experience fear of labels or judgment. If someone you know or love is struggling, you may struggle with your judgments towards that person’s plight. Those experiences of fear are ok and natural; how you respond to it will help determine the outcomes. Being able to work through fear and accept that what is going on is real, and not a reflection of value, is huge. Being able to lend a compassionate hand and listen to what’s going on can also make a big difference. Get treatment for anxiety or depression. Stigma doesn’t only come from others; you must fight your own stigmas. You are not alone, and you don’t have to be alone. Also, do not identify yourself with your own depression or anxiety. We are much more than the issues that challenge us.

 

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Can I Have Anxiety and Depression? What is the Difference?

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Yes, anxiety and depression are comorbid conditions. It is not uncommon to feel anxious when depressed and feel depressed when struggling with anxiety. From a symptomology and diagnostic standpoint, anxiety and depression are two distinct conditions, although the most recent version of the DSM cites a version of depression known as Depression with Anxious Distress as its own diagnosis.  The symptoms, causes, and treatments of these disorders often overlap.

WHAT IS ANXIETY?

Anxiety, in general, is a sense of doubt and vulnerability of future events. Anxiety becomes unhealthy when it interferes with daily life, relationships, sleep or your ability to relax and feel well.  Symptoms of anxiety can vary. The three common ones are (1) worry, or guilt that is difficult to let go or control; (2) feeling nervous, restless or tense; and (3) racing thoughts. Click the following link for an extended definition of anxiety.

WHAT IS DEPRESSION?

As opposed to anxiety, depression is not concerned with what might happen. Rather, it is a challenge with mood and energy. Depression is a mood disorder which causes either persisting sadness, feelings of emptiness, loss of pleasure, loss of interest, or general irritability. Common symptoms include hopelessness and feeling empty or detached. You may have outbursts of crying or lack of motivation for things you normally do. Click the following link for a broader definition of depression.

BOTH ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION HAVE SIMILAR TREATMENTS

This is sometimes why the differences between depression and anxiety are confused. A person with anxiety may be treated with Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Rogerian Therapy, Exposure Therapy, Existential Therapy or anti-depressant medications, to name just a few treatment options. It does not necessarily mean that a person with an anxiety disorder is experiencing depression, but it is not uncommon to feel depressed as a reaction to anxiety.

HOW A THERAPIST CAN HELP

It is normal to keep these concerns to yourself. It is also normal to feel doubt if you are truly struggling with anxiety or depression. Bring your doubts to a therapist and get help from a trained professional who understands your concerns.

DO I NEED INSURANCE TO SEE A THERAPIST?

No. In fact, at Mindful Healing, we accept clients on a sliding scale. We are currently accepting clients for our sliding scale rates.

 

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Where to Start When Feeling Depressed

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An important place to start when you feel symptoms of depression is to know that there is nothing wrong with you and that you are not alone. Finding this blog post indicates that you are checking in with yourself and seeking help. There are many reasons why depression makes it hard to seek help. Many of these reasons are direct symptoms of depression.

What are the Signs of Depression?

Depression is more than just feeling sad and it can be a combination of emotions and impact other parts of your life. Some of the symptoms you may experience is a lack of energy, irritability and being quick to anger, difficulties concentrating, and isolating yourself from social situations with family and friends. For a more detailed list, check out our post on 10 (A)typical Signs of Depression.

Talk to Someone You Trust

If you are reading this, you have already taken the first step. You have sought to understand depression. That’s huge. Now seek someone you trust. If you have a family or friend to talk to, that is great—but someone you trust can also be a stranger. Sometimes it is easier to reach out to others that share your challenges or a professional counselor that understands what you are going through and can provide tools to help. Below are three alternatives to family and friends.

Depression Social Groups and Meetups

In Portland, there are meetups, large and small, where you can socialize with others that have your same challenges. The largest meetup is the Portland Anxiety & Depression Group. As of the date of this blog post, they are 4,800 members strong and describe themselves as, “A meetup for folks ready (with a little encouragement and support) to challenge the sadness and worry, hopelessness, and fear that keep us isolated from one another and at the mercy of painful thoughts, feelings, and events that seem beyond our control.”

There are smaller groups that deal with specific types of depression. You can click the following link to see all the meetup groups in the depression category.

Hotlines and Online Chats for Help

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255. You don’t have to be feeling actively suicidal in order to use this service — it’s for anyone in emotional distress. If a phone call is not for you, you can also chat through your keyboard with their online chat service.

Talk to a Trained Counselor

The good news is depression can be treated and you shouldn’t be expected to do it alone. Therapy is a collaborative process with the goal of healing and developing personal empowerment. Together, we will work towards your goals, identify barriers, develop grounding skills, heal wounds, and increase your cognitive flexibility. We also take a look at physiological factors like nutrition, exercise, sleep, and other health behaviors to help treat this complicated condition.

Do I Need Insurance to See A Therapist?

No. In fact, at Mindful Healing Portland LLC., we accept clients on a sliding scale. We are currently accepting clients for our sliding scale rates.

 

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