• Call Now: 405.341.3554
  • Connect

Edmond Family Counseling Articles

Articles by the Counselors at Edmond Family Counseling

“Prevention is Key: Let’s Start with the Man in The Mirror.”

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

By Chad McCoy, M.A.

Just like in any disease or illness: Early Prevention is key.  From cancer to depression, the earlier problems are identified, the more adept we can be in treating and addressing these problems.  Depression is no different. It is an illness that can many times go undetected for days, months, years, or even decades.  People can live with mild depression and function fairly well.  The question I have is how much more functional could these people be if they had an early diagnosis and preventative therapy?

Often people suffering with depression will be conned into maladaptive thoughts that denigrate their own self-worth and self-esteem. Depression’s a Smooth Criminal.  This unwanted illness changes us both mentally and physically to the point that it can get really Bad.  We don’t view ourselves as the Dapper Dan we once knew, or the Pretty Young Thing we once were. If depression can be identified at an early enough stage, we as professionals can challenge these negative, maladaptive thoughts, behaviors, and perceptions.  An often common maladaptive thinking error is polarization of thoughts.   Many times this will sound something like, “I’m either all good or all bad,” or an individual sees events as either safe or dangerous, never in between.  This Black or White thinking leads to a person changing their behavior to adapt to their negative thinking patterns. This style of avoidance reinforces these missteps of thinking and increases the risk that these thoughts will happen habitually.  The cyclical nature of depression can just make you want to Scream! This is why prevention is important.

Early intervention increases the likelihood of a positive prognosis for many individuals who suffer from depression.  In therapy, I often acknowledge clients’ maladaptive thought processes and inform them that I, too, have many of the same thinking errors they experience.  This normalizes their misguided thinking and helps individuals realize, “You Are Not Alone,” and that everyone has these thoughts.  It’s a common misperception that we’re the only ones that feel this way; but guess what? We’re not.  It’s almost Human Nature to have these thinking errors.  Some just have more tools at their disposal to combat them.

Another point of early intervention is changing our behaviors so that we do not withdraw from others and isolate ourselves.  This can often be seen as wanting more Privacy, but this is actually just a way for a depressed person to be alone with their thoughts; which are often illogical in nature. 

This is It! If you’re a person who struggles with your own depression or you know somebody who does, please seek, or urge them to seek preventative services.  I’m often reminded of my own need to seek prevention when it comes to both my own mental and physical health.  Knowing that biologically I struggle with high blood pressure gives me an advantage in treatment, and increases my likelihood of a positive outcome.   Professionals in mental health can help increase the likelihood of a positive outcome for you or anybody that suffers from depression. So, Call on Me or one of the other therapists at Edmond Family Counseling to help you address your depression or any struggle you may be encountering.  You can support Edmond Family Counseling by donating on our website: www.edmondfamily.org.  Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow our Beedmond Twitter!



Comments
Post has no comments.
Post a Comment



Captcha Image

Trackback Link
http://edmondfamilycounseling.org/BlogRetrieve.aspx?BlogID=17125&PostID=1396036&A=Trackback
Trackbacks
Post has no trackbacks.

Recent Posts


Tags

Eating Disorder College Character Development DIY Marriage counseling Therapy Prom safety Apps for Teens Independent Living Divorce Bullying Cell Phones Teen Parenting Nutrition and stress Tetra-Amelia Syndrome Holidays brain Micro-aggression Seniors Entitlement Syndrome Panic Disorder When Teens Should Get a Cell Phone Unemployment Communication Audrey Woods gadgets Changing Problem Behavior Terrorism and children Risk taking James Dobson Donald Miller 13 Reasons Why NOT Quinton Ellis How to recognize domestic violence How common are panic attacks Brain Research GirlStrong Teen Suicide Freshman Year Grandparenting Early Treatment of Depression What is domestic violence Self Image Positive Illusions personal growth Parenting through Divorce Lee Daniel Kravetz How many sessions do I need Setting Boundaries with Adult Children Role Models Managing substance abuse Grandparents as parents Prom guidelines for teens Exercise treatment for depression Parent peer pressure Communication techniques for couples The Butterfly Circus Substance Abuse John Goetz Social Media Children Annie Sullivan Tumblr Edmond drug use Michael Jackson Death Darcy McConnell Panic attacks Underage Drinking Detox Diet Anger Call of Duty Drug Abuse Impact of Suicide New year’s resolution Jackie Shaw Codependency Twenty Somethings How to manage anxiety Drug Use goals Learning Disabilites Supersurvivors non-verbal communication Community Suicide Prevention Programs Communicating with your child Child Development Teen Jobs Dating Procrastination Peers What to do when you are laid off What Really Matters Time Management Millenials Teens and Smartphones Dr. Rhonda Patrick spring Normalcy Working Parents Isolation in teens Heroin Crisis Medical Use of Marijuana in Oklahoma Enabling Adult Children Decision-Making Parenting Bong Limitations of counseling Food Allergies Gender Roles Self Investment THE PALEO DIET Scapegoating Adult Children Spanking Movies for Teens College Transitions self-sabotage Positive Reinforcement Summer Retirement Legalization of Marijuana Links between unemployment and depression Marriage counseling ADA Political bias Teens and Time Management Drinking in high school Mayme White Miller National Drug Threat Assessment Summary Al McCormick Parenting and Cell Phones College Campus Young Adults Edmond Municipal Court Consequences Emotional Development School Anxiety Teens and cell phones Oklahoma Statute on Marijuana Butane Honey Oil Sexual Abuse Teens Use of Technology Childhood depression Is therapy forever Speaker Listener Technique parenting college age kids Unemployment and depression Prom HB 2249 Grounded Hope 710 Great Depression Summer Plans for Teens Co-Parenting Class Family Systems Theory Teenage perception of drug use Affluenza Happiness ADHD Holiday stress Sheila Stinnett Depression bucket list Prevention Parenting Teenagers Confidentiality Edmond Teen Drug Use fads Newsletter Co-Parenting Edmond Family Counseling Facebook Wax Amanda Percival Divorce School Aggregated News for Teens Social anxiety Bias and memory Helen Keller How to talk to your kids about terrorism Ridley Scott 13 Reasons Why History Alcohol Child Abuse Family Theory Hanna Baker Family Roles Schedule 1 Drug World Health Organization Heroin in the Suburbs Learning Setting Boundaries for Your Teen Trauma Oklahoma Department of Human Services Ben Carson responsibility United States Drug Enforcement Agency Elizabeth Loftus Waxing Chores for Teens Conflict The Amazing Race Organization Reading Girl Strong Teenage Boys AARP Positive Thinking How to detect signs of depression Edmond Character Council How long should counseling take The Miracle Worker Marijuana Prescription Drugs Why did the system fail Retirement Planning Parenting with purpose Anxiety Chad McCoy Suicide Prevention for Teens Negative Thinking Belinda Crosier Support Group high school Discipline Golden Child Boundaries Disciplining Teens What Matters Most Program Strong Willed Child Mental Health Suicide Prevention Recommendations list Communicating with your teen Parkland Shooter Technology David Feldman Panic Andy Weir The Golden Years The Martian Book Misconceptions of Smoking Marijuana How do children process trauma Stress MEDITERRANEAN DIET Teenage Development privilege Back to School College Age Children Addiction Snapchat Teen Safety Opiods How prevalent is domestic violence HK pen Domestic violence resources Bias Oklahoma drug use Americans with Disabilities Act How to control panic attacks Political Correctness Fidget Spinners Teenagers 5 Love Languages Captain of Your Ship Twitter Disability Self-Esteem The Martian Movie Fear Butane Hask Oil THE KETOGENIC DIET Personality Test Emotions Mild-Depression diet Instagram Sanjay Gupta Goal Setting Summer time parenting Joshua and Rebecca Weigel Depression and social media Suicide School Help for panic and anxiety Disasters Jay Asher Gun violence and mental health Choices Relationships Marriage Microagression Dr. Ben Carson Grandparent Initiative Drugs Siblings in Conflict Feldman and Kravetz Culture Will counseling work quickly Divorce with minor children Funding Presidential debate Developmentally appropriate strategies for grief counseling

Archive

Call Us Now!