Tag Archive for: cognitive behavioral therapy
Perhaps you’ve struggled with depression in the past. You’ve thought of going to see someone, but you have stretches where life really isn’t that bad. Did you know that there is a milder form of depression that endures over time? It's called Persistent Depressive Disorder or Dysthymia. It comes with sadness, directly impacts your life, and might cause you to lose pleasure in normally enjoyable activities.
Is the depression from the PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome) and PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder) that serious? Well, maybe. Our therapists at Evanston Counseling specialize in treatment of PMS and PMS Depression, also known as PMDD. We’ll help you to find ways of dealing with the dark days of depression associated with your period.
We all pass through difficult moments or maybe even difficult weeks or months. Life seems just a little too heavy to bear. But at what point should you be concerned and start to call what you are feeling depression? When would it be best to contact us at Evanston Counseling to speak with one of our compassionate therapists? Read on to find out more.
Have you noticed how your mood starts to shift downward into depression as the fall and winter approach? The more cold, dark, and gray the days become, the more you can feel a heaviness set in over your thoughts or in your body. At Evanston Counseling, we get that! If you see your moods shifting at this time, you may want to look into therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder.
You know that body positivity is the trend these days. Messages about loving every part of your body, no matter the shape, color, or size, are everywhere on social media. But somehow, you just can’t get past your flaws. Our Evanston therapists understand where you are coming from. We’re ready to chat with you about how you feel.
When you think of hypnosis, what comes to mind? Most of us probably think of a stage performance. Fortunately, clinical hypnosis is entirely different! If anxiety tends to get the best of you, clinical hypnosis could help. In our hypnotherapy practice in Chicago and Evanston, we help our clients with anxiety to train their brains to experience more peace in nerve wracking situations. It might be beneficial for you, too.
You wish you would wake up one morning, and it would be gone. The constant ache, the sharp jabs…the reminder that your life is not quite what it could be or once was. A recent study shows that chronic pain impacts the lives of over 50 million Americans. If this is your life, you are well acquainted with the extra medical costs, limits to your social life, and lost workdays associated with your chronic pain. At Evanston Counseling, we feel for you and our clients who suffer daily. We want you to know there are ways to reclaim more of the juice of life and to feel the struggle less.
If you are a millennial feeling the weight of loneliness, you are not alone. Data from a 2019 poll by YouGov, a polling firm and market research company, say that millennials have the highest percentage of loneliness of all the generations surveyed. So, how do you reduce the anxiety and make new friends at this time in your life? As therapists in Evanston and Chicago, we often work with young adults navigating the new waters of “adulting.”
We have spent so much of the past 15 months indoors with limited access to our “normal” activities and livelihoods. Many of us battled being lonely. At times, the acute stress brought on by all of the unknowns weighed us down.
How do we deal with the social anxiety and panic attacks from resuming our “normal” activities? You've been vaccinated, do you want to be indoors with others without wearing a mask? Which activities do you resume?
All of these questions create a new, palpable swirl of anxiety. In my Evanston/Chicago-based practice, my clients struggle to find answers that support the peace they want to create in their post-pandemic lives.
Isn’t it odd how we can feel so lonely like we are the only one experiencing something? Our “mom anxiety” kicks in, and we have imagined the most horrible circumstances that no one else has ever lived. Add in the fatigue and sleep deprivation of caring for a newborn, and the perfect storm swirls around us, threatening to sink our ship.