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What are the common problems for which one should see a counseling psychologist ?

Counseling psychologists can help individuals dealing with problems of stress, anxiety in career, and/or concerning relationships, intra and inter personal concerns, related to finding meaning and adjustment in various settings of society.

How can a counseling psychologist help ?

A counseling psychologist may draw from a number of theoretical approaches including those that are cognitive, affective, behavioral and systemic and thus arrive to the most effective method that helps in resolving the extant problem. Sometimes, one may identify the root cause of a problem to be completely different from what the client had imagined it to be as the psychologist is skilled for such a task.

What is anxiety? When does it become an anxiety disorder?

Anxiety is an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure. It is also defined as intensified worry or unbearable stress. People with anxiety disorder usually have recurring intrusive thoughts or concerns. They may avoid certain situations out of worry. They may also have physical symptoms such as sweating, trembling, dizziness or a rapid heartbeat. A prolonged condition of anxiety disorder may have physical manifestations in form of a disease.

What is stress?

Stress is a condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that demands exceed (or do not meet) the personal and social resources the individual is able to mobilize. Potential signs of stress are – angry outbursts, lack of concentration, decreasing work performance, lack of enthusiasm, forgetfulness, irritability, frequent headaches, unexplained body pains, increased smoking, drinking, missing deadlines, zoning out for hours in front of the TV and general frustration.

What are the detrimental effects of stress?

Stress on a continuous basis has detrimental on the physical, social and mental aspects of an individual. It can manifest in the form of diseases like hypertension, diabetes and cancer. It adversely affects work performance and causes imbalances in inter and intra personal relationships. Stress depletes energy and too much stress can also cause depression.

What is depression?

Depression is defined as a feeling of extraordinary sadness and dejection. Such individuals remain in a sad and dejected mood throughout the day. They have markedly diminished interest or pleasure in all, almost all, activities most of the day. They may have significant weight loss or gain and suffer from insomnia or hypersomnia. There is a general feeling of worthlessness or excessive guilt. The individual may have recurrent thoughts of death or suicide.

What is positive psychology?

Positive Psychology is the scientific study of optimal human functioning. This is a relatively new field that searches for those qualities that allow individuals, communities and societies to thrive and flourish, focusing on three major dimensions : positive subjective states, positive traits and positive institutions.