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COVID-19 SURGE IN DEPRESSION: IN-PERSON OR ONLINE COUNSELING FOR DEPRESSION AT EMPOWER COUNSELING IN BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA.

According to the U.S Census Bureau, in December 2020, more than 42% of those surveyed reported having symptoms of anxiety or depression.

In 2019, the same survey revealed that 11% of those polled were experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression. 

That means in 2019 about 1 in 10 Americans were suffering from anxiety or depression and now more than 4 in 10 are suffering from the symptoms of anxiety and depression.

What’s even more alarming than this spike in mental health issues is the fact that experts do not expects these numbers to go down anytime soon. 

What is behind this huge spike?

Isolation can trigger the need for in-person or online counseling for depression with Empower Counseling. 

Humans need interaction and connectedness to others humans. We are made that way because staying in groups helped us survive the dangers that lurked outside. The amount of interaction and connectedness we need is somewhat based on our age and stage of development.

Teens and young adults are suffering the most from isolation because they are at developmental stages in which connection to friends is most important When we are teens and young adults, it is the natural order of things for us to pull away from family and move toward friends and independence. 

While teens and young adults have had access to plenty of family connection, that will not meet their needs.

Missing out on connection with friends and the ability to explore their own independence can cause great distress, leading to anxiety and depression. 

Fear can trigger the need counseling.

There is a legitimate and logical fear connected to Covid-19. There is nothing irrational about being sacred of contracting the virus or a loved one contracting the virus. However, when this fear overtakes your life or is what you spend posting of your time thinking and worrying about, it is time to seek help. Empower Counseling can help you shift your focus back to what is important to you in life and taking action toward it.

Loss can trigger the need counseling.

We have all suffered some form of loss since the beginning of the pandemic. It might be the loss of once in a lifetime events like graduation, prom, weddings. It might be the loss of someone we love to the virus. It might be the loss of income or the loss of a business. No one suffers loss in the same way. If you are finding it difficult to move past your loss, Empower Counseling can help.

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected our mental wellness as much or more as it have affected our physical wellbeing. If you are not coping with stress, anxiety and depression in ways that are healthy and beneficial to you, reach out to Empower Counseling. Kathryn is advance trained in Acceptance Commitment Therapy, scientifically proven effective in the treatment of anxiety and depression. Empower Counseling can help you develop healthier, more positive ways of coping and get you back on track toward the life you want.

Empower Counseling is a Birmingham area counseling clinic, convenient to Homewood, Mountain Brook, Vestavia, Hoover and other surrounding areas. Empower Counseling offers online counseling for clients living anywhere in the state os Alabama. Kathryn helps teens, young adults, and professionals break free from anxiety and depression daily.

Call Empower Counseling today at 205-730-6570.

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