First-rate Solutions To Eliminate Overwhelming Stress

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I have been practicing counseling in Cary, Il and have treated many people overwhelmed with stress, depression and anxiety. You may be experiencing these feelings too.

Anxiety and stress often requires some changes and adjustments, which are often difficult and frustrating. Occasionally, the stresses confronting you may be too great to be resolved without professional help.

Fortunately, professional counselors and psychologists are available to help you in overcoming those difficulties. If you are struggling with an emotional conflict or stressor, consider scheduling an appointment with a credentialed therapist or counselor.

These services are covered by most insurance policies and various community mental health centers offer them at little or no charge. Under most situations, matters disclosed are strictly confidential.

If this seems like too major of a first step to take, consider discussing things with a good friend or confidante. This has probably been your first option of choice before, particularly as you have getten older.

Even though you may be nervous or self-conscious at first, it is usually beneficial. You may have found that one or two of your relationships have been strengthened through your sharing of "hard times."

However, if you find yourself resisting this alternative, realistically assess what the risks of talking things through really are. Balance them against the negatives associated with not talking to someone.

After all, often, when our friends discover the problems we had, they say something like, "I wish you would have told me sooner!" More often than not, you will find it rewarding to initiate such a dialogue.

Here are some tips on how to do this:

1. Timing: Choose an appropriate time to bring it up;

2. Make sure that the place you choose to talk is conducive to good, confidential dialogue;

3. Start your discussion by acknowledging your confidante's importance to you;

4. Being respectful and open-minded.

To expedite this, you might suggest going to another town for breakfast or lunch. Then, after you're both comfortable, you can initiate the discussion.

Consider talking to volunteer at a crisis hot line. Hotlines are available in many metropolitan and suburban areas 24/7. A volunteer will talk with you and refer you to a professional therapist, if needed.

While hotline volunteers do not render on-going help, they can usually help with your immediate issue, suggest alternatives and provide referrals so you can receive on-going help, if necessary. Another option to consider is self-help and support groups.

These groups are often available in more populated areas. They can range from the most well known such as Alcoholics Anonymous, AlaTeen, CODA, Overeaters Anonymous, ACOA etc., to newer self-help groups related to womens issues, depression, grief, eating disorders, sexual abuse, relatives of the mentally ill etc., etc.

Many of these groups are listed in the front section of your telephone directory or in its classified section, usually under the heading "Social Service Organizations." Often the social work or social services department at your local hospital can also provide phone numbers for self-help groups.

Another option: Consider talking to a member of the clergy.
Many churches, synagogues, temples etc. offer counseling help to their members with problems.

Many clerics have received advanced training in pastoral counseling. This training and their broad experience in helping those with emotional conflicts can make them a particularly good resource.

When utilizing any of these options, even though the person you first contact may not be the one you ultimately consult for help, she or he will likely be able to provide you with referrals to those who can provide the kind of help you require.

Another way to utilize self-help is through self-help educational programs called Self-Therapy Kits (STKs). Many people who are particularly private or who have severe time constraints use them for solid answers.

These are psychological education programs at their best. You can use them by yourself in the privacy of your own home. In a sense, using them is like having your own private therapeutic consultant at your personal disposal 24/7.

They are educational digital packages; they may include e-books, CDs, DVDs, MP3s or any combination thereof. They are inexpensive and teach you how to manage the symptoms of your anxiety and stress independently.

They are particularly helpful if you have limited financial resources; they typically cost a one-time fee of anywhere from $9 to $100 or so, and the fee is only a one-time event. It is not a weekly fee you would have to pay for private counseling.
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Dr Shery earned his doctorate at the Univ. of Southern Calif. He is a certified counselor in Cary, Il and is an author with 30 years experience. He provides state-of-the-art Self-Therapy Kits (STKs) that he uses with his own patients. They are guaranteed to eliminate anxiety, anger and agitation; if not satisfied, you get a no-strings attached, unconditional refund. Learn more about these New Self-Therapy Kits

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This article was published on 2010/12/20