Mental health experts advocate wellbeing as a way of improving our lives. Wellbeing helps us stay resilient, build social support and self-efficacy, and cope with adversity. It is a heightened state that’s beyond just feeling happy or having good health. It’s a condition of flourishing, where we thrive in many aspects of our lives.
Counseling operates from a wellness perspective, which emphasizes moving toward optimal human functioning in mind, body, spirit and away from distress, dysfunction, and mental illness. Counseling also views wellness and pathology as development in nature and takes into consideration all levels of a client's environment when conducting assessment and treatment. It addresses the psychological concerns and helps them achieve their intellectual and personal goals.
Psychological treatments (also known as talking therapies) can help you change your thinking patterns and improve your coping skills so you're better equipped to deal with life's stresses and conflicts. As well as supporting your recovery, psychological therapies can also help you stay well by identifying and changing unhelpful thoughts and behavior.
The main medical treatment for depression is antidepressant medication. There's a lot of misinformation about antidepressant medication and while there is no simple explanation as to how it works, it can be very useful in the treatment of moderate to severe depression and some anxiety disorders.
It is very common to experience depression and anxiety together, and you might have some symptoms of both. This simple checklist aims to measure whether you may have been affected by depression and anxiety during the past four weeks.
The practices and service providers listed here have all signed the Mental Health for All Code of Conduct and the Provider Practice Standards ensuring best quality care with privacy, dignity and confidentiality.