BusinessWeek.com ranked 50 of the largest metros based on a variety of factors including depression rates, suicide rates and divorce rates among others. Indeed, among the most heavily weighted factors in this report were the depression, and divorce). Combining these and other factors, Portland was on top. (Excerpts from Editor’s Note: in Bloomberg Business)
In all fairness, you may not agree with your area’s ranking on “the list”; but be assured, you are not alone if you are in one of these categories. In These United States major depressive disorder affects approximately 14.8 million American adults, or about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older, in a given year (Don’t forget its stepbrother, anxiety). Your great city ranks above that. Portland’s divorce rate is tied for 7th place at 10 per 1000 (Huffington Post).
No, YOU are not alone. Just look around you when you go to the mall, big box store, etc. Many others there are in the same boat. They may not appear to fit the statistics; they may seem happier and more social and outgoing, but what do you suspect is going on inside??? No, you definitely are not alone! Nor are most of us able to will ourselves out of our “funk”. Blame it on Portland’s 222 cloudy days a year, your particular circumstances, etc. But you have probably already found that you cannot will yourself out of your discomfort. Help is required; help from an experienced, supportive, nonjudgmental counselor. Much more than half of us are not seeking help and the longer we put off help the more we are dogged by unrelenting trouble. Have the openness, courage and tenacity to seek counsel. Begin your mission to feel vastly better; doggedly pursuing that mission until you are there. It can be done.
This is where Counseling on Demand comes in. We can help you make it happen. We have seen it many times. You need not go through this alone. With our support, you can get through these times.
We can help. You needn’t leave your favorite/private place; home, work; even if you move. Nor must you wait for an appointment. We are there 24/7. You can begin in 24 hours or less.
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