For those where depression is mixed with loneliness, great comfort can be found with animal companions and learning new social skills. Often times people are isolated because they just don’t know how to follow the threads of our conversation, get into other peoples lives and feel what they’re feeling.
Interpersonal skills lay the groundwork for forming new and rewarding friendships.
Sometimes the challenge is finding a positive self image.
Modern society is full of so many self-limiting beliefs such as our promote it on social media. We are much more than just our appearances. We look more deeply into the reality of our wonderful selves and come to a appreciate how we don’t need other people‘s approval to except ourselves.
And other times people are distracted from the present moment. Learning meditation and mindfulness can heal some of these problems.
Sometimes people have learned these in many other skills and still they feel tied down by the symptoms of depression. They feel sad with low energy low motivation and obsessions about problems. For some addition of a medication can be life-changing. And then the coping skills as outlined above can gradually overtime replace the medicine. Reasons for this are explained where it talks about brain science.
So with counseling and education a foundation is laid for people to take charge of their life and start moving forward in the direction of their dreams.