The Healthy Side Effects of Seeing a Counselor

Whether you suffer from depression, bipolar disorder or are facing troubles in your marriage, seeking counseling is a wise decision. However, you may have tunnel vision in thinking counseling can only help you get better with your particular issue or condition. Yes, counseling can work wonders for your mental state of mind and relationships but it can do so much more.

On top of the specific condition being treated, there are many positive side effects of seeking counseling, such as:

  • Losing weight
  • Feeling happier
  • Having more energy
  • Feeling driven and more alive
  • More focused
  • Better relationships
  • More freedom
  • Free from abusive relationships

Positive Effects of Therapy

Obviously, the outcomes of therapy for each individual will vary widely. However, at its core is a long-lasting benefit in many cases that helps you work through issues by developing the tools that will help you deal with future issues, points out Forbes. Psychodynamic treatment can be very durable over the years, with positive gains continuing to grow even after ending treatment. We as humans tend to use that reflective lens we’re shown in therapy to further think about, talk about, and express feelings about our inner lives. It’s this “getting-to-the-cause” aspect of therapy that’s credited with why antidepressants and therapy combined are often thought to be most effective.

Our physical selves may also improve with therapy. Many physical ailments can be lessened or even disappear when we are getting the right treatment. When we do not express feelings and thus keep them buried, the body often reacts negatively. This can manifest itself in stomach aches, headaches, stress, and much more.

Untreated depression, according to Medical News Today, has been proven to result in physical side effects, including:

  • Weight gain or loss: Those with depression often experience changes in appetite. Being overweight can result in diabetes and heart disease while being underweight can affect the heart and fertility, and bring on fatigue.
  • Chronic pain: Those with depression often have unexplained joint and muscle pain, headaches, and breast tenderness.
  • Heart disease: Depression makes it hard to make positive lifestyle choices. Those who are depressed are at a higher risk of heart disease due to eating a poor diet and having a sedentary lifestyle.
  • Autoimmune problems: People with depression are at greater risk for inflammatory conditions or autoimmune disorders, such as IBS, diabetes, and arthritis.

While in no way looking to downplay the seriousness of mental health issues, studies have indeed shown that verbalizing feelings can have a significant therapeutic effect on the brain, says the Huffington Post. In other words, getting your worries, concerns, and fears out into the open with someone trained to help you manage them can have uplifting effects on your well-being.

These positives tend to have a ripple effect. When we are happy, we get out more to socialize and get exercise. We may then lose weight, lowering our health risks. We may decide to get out of that abusive relationship and start fresh. We may have more energy at work and become more focused, and so on.

Come see the healthy side effects of counseling for yourself. Call Comprehensive MedPsych Systems at 941-363-0878 today.