Problems can emerge due to life events like a job loss or a breakdown of a relationship. Some problems are also related to a particular stage we reach in our life. And then some problems can be considered long term, recurring themes or chronic in nature.
Often we can’t control what happens to us, but we can control how we react to those situations. Some reactions can be considered effective coping mechanisms and others tend to be counter productive coping mechanisms. Why do we choose one over the other? Counselling can help us gain insight into these challenges and how to effectively manage them so we can optimize our potential.
If one suffers from a mental health issue like anxiety or depression, this can make adjusting to life’s challenges more difficult.
Depending upon one’s perspective, an addiction can be seen as an illness creating its own set of problems, or an ill-adjusted coping mechanism further compounding ones already existing challenges. It is believed that 50% of people with an addiction also have a mental health concern, referred as Concurrent Disorders.
There is also a growing awareness and evidence of the relationship between trauma (in its various forms) and addictions and other mental health concerns.