Are You Tremendously Sad?

Of course, sadness is a part of everybody's life. For example, even little children who lose a beloved pet usually go through extreme sadness. If one loses a family member to death, that is a reason to mourn and to be sad. If one goes through a divorce, that life change can bring on real sadness accompanied by guilt.

However, if you are going through a tremendously sad time and you are afraid that you aren't getting any better, maybe you are wondering if you need help. If that's the case, from sharing your feelings with a trusted friend or a family member to arranging for individual counseling, here are some ideas that might help you.

Seek Out A Trusted Friend Or Family Member

No matter the reason for your intense sadness, there is no reason for you to suffer alone. Think of a person in your life who has always been there for you. For example, if you have recently gone through a divorce, it might be your mother who you can turn to. Maybe it was your mother who passed away, and you are so full of grief and missing her, that even love songs remind you of her. If that's the case, maybe a friend who also has gone through losing a parent might understand your feelings.

When you do seek out a friend or a family member, they will more than likely encourage you to get out more. For example, if you have been pretty much home bound, it might be suggested that you join others for something like lunch and a movie. Try the suggestions that are made. After all, you went to that individual because you trusted them to help.

Seek Out A Professional Counselor

Maybe you are uncomfortable talking about your problems with somebody who is close to you. If that's the case, would you be more comfortable seeing a professional counselor? Your family doctor or your ecclesiastic leader can give you names of reputable counselors in your area. In fact, your ecclesiastic leader might have the experience to counsel you themselves.

No matter if you talk to your ecclesiastical leader or to a professional counselor, be very frank with what is causing your sadness. Remember that the counselor will have the training and the skills to help you progress. Be ready to answer many questions, even before you see the counselor in their office. The receptionist will probably give you a questionnaire that asks about your family's medical history and your own medical history. 

If the counselor feels that medication would benefit you, they will refer you to a psychiatrist who can prescribe medications that you need. Plan on seeing the counselor each week. As time goes by and you get better, your visits will more than likely go to once-a-month, until you no longer need to see the counselor.