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How effective is counselling for depresion?

How effective is  counselling for depresion?

Cognitive-behavioral: Therapy is the most effective treatment for depression. It may sometimes need to be supplemented with medication. It's also helpful to exercise, engage in social interaction & engrossing activities, practice gratitude, do kind things for others, develop & commit to meaningful goals, practice stress management, & talk to trusted, empathic people. 90% in consumer rprts study -- counseling helped. ...Read more

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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Are there any free online counselling chatroom or skype?

Research pending...: Many places are researching the use of telehealth, which includes providing counseling over the internet. Research on the effectiveness of telehealth is still building; however, there are health care providers (i.e., va hospitals) that offer it in some areas. If you are able to find a telehealth provider, it is unlikely to be free. ...Read more

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Should my child have counselling if a donor conceived child?

Should my child have counselling if a donor conceived child?

Depends: If you think your child is having difficulties than yes. Just bc child is donor conceived doesn't mean they need therapy. Research suggests disclosure from the parent(s) an early age is best. We have learn from adoption studies that around 7 some identity issues might surface. Keep an eye out for behavioral problems and consult w/ child psych as needed. ...Read more

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Can you have genetic counselling for a disease a relative developed?

Can you have genetic counselling for a disease a relative developed?

Of course!: Genetic counseling helps you understand conditions and diseases that run in you family. This includes a clear explanation of what exactly causes the problem and how the inheritance pattern works - not just for your family but for you as an individual. For instance, if your dad has neurofibromatosis, you may wonder if you inherited that condition. Genetic counseling can help a lot. ...Read more

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How do you find yourself? Mental health question. Will counselling/therapy help with this?

How do you find yourself? Mental health question. Will counselling/therapy help with this?

Finding yourself: People "find" themselves through all kinds of contexts, usually in relation to others. Some benefit from psychotherapy. Others find interests that call to them, and engage in them persistently. They find that this expresses deep aspects of them. Could be art, music, or countless others. Give your time and energy to what calls you -- and before long, you're feeling whole and engaged yourself. ...Read more

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I've been self harming for four years, i've been to counselling and it's not helping, any advice?

I've been self harming for four years, i've been to counselling and it's not helping, any advice?

Get 2nd opinion: If counseling is not helping it may be time to consider medication to help. Speak to your doctor about a referral to a psychiatrist who can evaluate you and make recommendations. ...Read more

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What are the differences between philosophical counselling, humanistic psychology, and existential psychotherapy?

What are the differences between philosophical counselling, humanistic psychology, and existential psychotherapy?

This is too broad of: a question for 400 characters. Each of the 3 types of counseling mentioned are based on the therapist's orientation to therapy. all three relate to their philosophy of how and why psychotherapy works. ...Read more

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I'm looking for somewhere that I can to therapy or counselling online? Preferably for free or as little as possible as I am a student

Counseling : Hello and Welcome to HealthTap, i will be willing to perform your counseling sessions if you are interested; we can talk to each other via virtual consult, once I know what exactly is your part of the story, I would be able to assist you in a better way. I usually don't refer my patients to a counselor and do my own sessions. I hope it helps! Thank you ...Read more

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How do I go on about seeking counselling?

See you Health care: Go to your primary health care provider and get a referral. ...Read more