Barbara Reiver, LPC

5902 Laird Drive
Austin, Texas 78757
512-970-1959

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UNEMPLOYMENT has reached epidemic proportions.  We have learned to define ourselves and to identify our esteem/worth by our job title and/or by our income.  How often are we asked or do we ask; "What do you do?".   Within six months of unemployment, it is not uncommon for one to become depressed. We are experiencing job loss in all areas and at all levels. Along with this, there has been an increase in the number of people suffering from symptoms of depression. Life changes, the stress of continued expenses and fears about the future can all contribute to these feelings. Depression can present in different ways. Some people experience physical symptoms such as headaches, backaches, gastrointestinal distress while others experience emotional symptoms (see list above) or a combination of both.

Depression can effect all areas of our life.  It can show up as anxiety, in physical symptoms including headaches, sexual dysfunction, irritability, isolating, restlessness, feeling shaky, uncontrollable worries.  Depression can have an impact on all your relationships.  Together with your therapist, you can identify the symptoms and begin to develop healthy coping skills.  Working with a skilled therapist offers a safe place to sort through overwhelming and/or uncomfortable feelings.  Inappropriate coping skills (defense mechanisms) can be replaced with healthy coping skills.  Knowing that you are taking steps to help yourself and not be alone can help to reduce stress.  It can offer a new and/or different perspective on what you are experiencing.  Taking an active role in caring for yourself can help keep depression from worsening.

Some helpful ideas to help cope with depression:

  • Avoid being isolated - stay connected socially
  • Stay active
  • Pay attention to your diet - eat healthy foods
  • Exercise
  • Talk about your experience
  • Avoid too much caffeine and alcohol - they can increase anxiety

 

 

For a confidential appointment call:  Barbara Reiver, LPC - 512-970-1959 - sliding scale fee - some insurance accepted.