Has anyone had counselling for depression? Has it helped?

I am anti anti-depressants, I have taken them before and didn't like the way they made me feel. I have tried to manage my depression myself, but the last 4 months have been extremely tough and I had to go back to my doctor. He suggested counselling. I am a a bit sceptical of this, but thought I would give it a go. Just wanted to know if anyone has tried this and has it helped.

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  • Im seeing a psycologist, for psychotherepy, its mainly to help me overcome being diabiled and to accept it, which is so differcult for me, I dont know whether it will help but Ill give it a go

  • Yes, it helped hugely. At the time I was depressed because my Fibro was out of control and I was struggling to get any decent help. I got counselling on the NHS and she was brilliant - even put it in my notes that I had reactive depression and that if my physical symptoms were properly treated, the depression would go (as it did).

    In the intervening years I have sought out private counselling at various times and I can now see what a difference a different counsellor can make. You need to really click with a counsellor to benefit the most and that is a very personal thing, not necessarily a reflection of how good or bad they are.

    I do highly recommend it for anyone struggling. It can help get a better perspective and also help you when dealing with other people around you.

  • my dr has aklways suggested me seeing a councellor but i dont feel comfortable doing that and i feel whats happened to me is in the past and i want to keep it there but i have known people who have been helped by seeing them

  • Thank you for all your replies. My doctor has given me a referral so I am going to do it. I don't feel comfortable about the thought of doing it, but as it has been said above it may help me get a better perspective on things.

  • hi chillibean my daughter is a qulified hypnotherapist she is great something like that minght b better for u .i can put u intouch with her if u want . xx

  • Hi, I used to think counselling was for weak people....however all I can say is go for it. I have been going for the last 4 weeks and it is one of the best things I have ever done. Don't see it as anything but positive, honestly. All the people in USA think it's the norm to have therapy and you can learn so much about yourself and other people!!!

    Good luck, be open minded and enjoy. It's an hour to just speak about yourself and get things off your chest. Let us know how you get on xx

  • Thanks for your positive response Rach it had been put to me to see a pain psychologist and for the life of me could not take on board how it would help. It maybe was pride that I said NO but now will be in contact with doctor when he gets all my report of specialist and give it the okay. Emotionally at the moment I do not even feel my adult children even love me!

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