Do counselors themselves suffer from depression sometimes

08 Apr
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Hello Dear Therapist,

   I always wonder if a therapist can him/herself get into chronic blue mood and need psychiatric intervention or counseling? A person who is well trained and a successful counselor, can't they do CBT on themselves or can't they analyse their own thoughts?





Responses 2

  • Dr. Ibrahim Abunada
    Dr. Ibrahim Abunada   Apr 08, 2016 12:56 PM

    Dear Nicola, as it is obvious to every humankind is vulnerable to encounter physical and mental disorder. The counselor, therapist are humankind, so they are also vulnerable to encounter physical and mental disorders including depression. As you know the Depression varies from person to person, but there are some common signs and symptoms. It’s important to remember that these symptoms can be part of life’s normal lows. But the more symptoms you have, the stronger they are, and the longer they’ve lasted the more likely it is that you’re dealing with depression. When these symptoms are overwhelming and disabling, that's when it's time to seek help. When the counselor facing life problems such as loss of loved one, loss of job, loss of property, affected by chronic illness and so on, many signs and symptoms will demonstrate. Signs and symptoms of depression include: feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, loss of interest in daily activities, appetite or weight changes, sleep changes, reckless behavior, concentration problems, unexplained aches and pains, anger or irritability, loss of energy, self-loathing. In the light of the above facts, most likely many therapist suffering from depression at the same as other people. However, in certain situations the therapist equipped with some knowledge and experiences that help him to cope well with these disturbed situations. In general, when the therapist feel that his case is going from bad to worse, his daily functions are impaired, he found no other option rather than visiting other therapist to talk with him to overcome his life troubles. Thanks for asking Nicola


  • Dr. KV Anand
    Dr. KV Anand   Apr 08, 2016 12:30 PM

    Dear Nicola. Trained psychologists will be able to understand their mood differences and resultant momentary depression and the such. But it is always advisable not to treat self when in need. Second or third opinion is always essential. Trained psychologist / counselrs will be able to prevent any such eventualities because they know what to do for prevention.