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In my last post, I left off with the question: “How do you recover from a situational, or a reactive depression. If disappointment or dissatisfaction are the root causes, what is the root cure?”

Sometimes this question can be so challenging that an objective and collaborative partnership is called for to unearth the answers. A skilled therapist can be what is needed to help forge this collaborative relationship, out of which the goal is to explore and guide toward insights and solutions that can bring about an increase in self-efficacy. In otherwords, inevitably we are all responsible for finding our own answers to life’s difficulties. But sometimes we need help.

Sometimes we cannot always change our situation to meet our needs; at least not right away. What might be called for then, is an increase in our ability to cope and tolerate, until we can change it. Alternatively, it might be necessary to begin looking at steps which will move us forward toward the desired goal. Once a path can be determined, hope is born. hope  And sometimes all we need is a little hope that things will eventually be better, in order to start feeling better.  You can start feeling better by giving yourself something to feel better about.  One of the most potent antidotes to a depressed mood is to find something to be grateful for.  I firmly believe, that you cannot be grateful and depressed at the same time.

In my next posts, I would like to comment on some pressing social issues which seem to be rising in the consciousness of our country; gun rights, and marriage equality.

“The consciousness of the individual is the law unto every condition.” – Joel S. Goldsmith

Kevin Michael Ross, M.S., LMFT

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