When you are clinically diagnosed with depression, everything in your life will suddenly change. First of all, you will start to doubt your capacity to make decisions for yourself. The truth is that you may become too afraid to face the effects of your mental health issue. Second, you will have a difficult time in dealing with the people surrounding you. Your primary concern is that they might judge you for your depressive order. Third, you will begin to search for ways on how to handle this situation. “Certain psychological factors put people at risk for depression. People with low self-esteem, who consistently view themselves and the world with pessimism, or who are readily overwhelmed by stress, may be prone to depression.” Ben Martin, Psy.D. elaborates.
We all know that one of the practical ways on how you can deal with your depression is to try focus therapy. There are different benefits that you can get out of this form of treatment. However, you can only achieve the benefits if you will cooperate in the sessions. Here are some of the ideal ways on how to do it the right:
Find The Perfect Therapist
It is normal to feel the urgency to find a counselor or therapist the moment you find out about the depression. However, this does not mean that you will no longer exercise diligence in finding a professional mental health expert. As much as possible, take your time in choosing the perfect professional who will help you get over the depression. He must have the best qualities so that you will not have a hard time during the sessions. Feel free to ask for some referrals or recommendations from friends. They may know someone who can help you with this matter. Also, “The choice of which treatment for depression to choose should be a collaborative decision between you and your therapist, and depends on your personality, your preferences, and the type of depression you have.” Dr. Chantal Gagnon PhD LMHC adds.
Do Not Miss An Appointment
Make an effort to come on time on all your appointments. Take note that a therapist is a busy professional. He caters to the needs of many patients or clients. As such, he cannot wait for you to show up whenever you are late. Instead, he will entertain other people. Unfortunately, getting another schedule or meeting with this person may take a long time. When this happens, it can cause a delay in your treatment. In the long run, this could have adverse effects on your treatment. In cases where you need to skip a session, be sure to call the office of the therapist to inform him ahead of time.
Be Honest All The Time
“Depression is not a weakness of character, laziness, or a phase. Tough love, like telling someone to ‘buck up’ or ‘try harder,’ doesn’t work, and worsens the illness.” Deborah Serani, PsyD. explains. Stop being afraid about telling your therapist everything that you feel or comes into your mind. Remember that your relationship with him is protected by client-therapist rule under the laws of the state. It means that he is not allowed to divulge any information that you tell him during the focus therapy sessions. If he violates this essential rule, he can be subjected to civil liability. The law providing for such right is protection on your part so that you can freely tell him anything. Practice honesty as it can help you feel better about everything.