Laurie Grengs is a practicing counselor/therapist who has served the people of Blaine, Minnesota, for more than thirty-five years. The general public is more aware than ever before that depression is an illness of the mind in the same way that the common cold is an illness that our bodies experience. Some people mistakenly believe that depression is merely sadness, or merely feeling down, or a choice to feel bad that can be changed by simply deciding to feel better. Laurie Grengs knows that depression is far more complex than we typically understand, and her commitment to helping people find their best possible path to wellness demonstrates respect for that complexity. Counseling can be a highly effective tool for managing depression.
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Often lost in the public discussion of depression are the physical symptoms that accompany it. People who have never felt the pain of depression often don’t realize that depression can be experienced as real physical pain. It is this way for so many people that results in difficulty getting out of bed in the morning, completing mundane tasks like going to school, cleaning the house, or keeping appointments. People suffering from depression frequently describe themselves as feeling a great weight that prevents them from performing the daily tasks that for most of us require little thought and little energy.
A question legitimately arises about the nature of the physical pain felt by people who are depressed. Which occurs first–does depression lead to depression symptoms or do depression symptoms lead to depression? Though the answer is probably different for each individual, the answer is that both may be true. An individual who suffers a serious physical injury may become depressed from a prolonged period of infirmity. Conversely, a person who suffers from depression is also likely to be more susceptible to physical health-related problems, which in turn exacerbate depression. Despite the strides our society has made with regard to its perception of depression, it still has a long way to go.
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The subtle messages received by people suffering from depression from a fast-moving world that seems to have little patience for those who can’t keep pace reaffirm and reinforce the underlying issues of the individual’s experience with depression. The messages that communicate that the individual is “just” feeling sad or “just” in need of a boost or even “just” dealing with depression (as though depression is a less legitimate illness) feed the feelings of inadequacy or insecurity that create patterns of pain that make depression insidiously difficult to overcome.
Seeking help from a qualified professional like Laurie Grengs can help a depressed person change the cycles that lessen the quality of their life. It is hard work, but it is valuable in the end to the person who not only sees light at the end of the tunnel but begins to understand that they deserve to bask in the glow of its warmth. Call Laurie at (877) 572-2326 if you or someone you love would benefit from counseling services.