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Allergies: The Unbearable Sniffing, Sneezing and Drainage

My name is Marilyn Baker, and I have horrible allergies. I’m 42 years old and have been suffering from allergies since I was a child. I have seasonal and environmental allergies. Allergies plague me year round. When I was young, my parents even moved to a dryer area in the hope of helping me. Over the past eight years, I have done extensive research both through doctors and online. I have managed to come up with some combinations that have helped me a great deal. My allergies aren’t gone, but they have become manageable. I do have to have allergy shots, but I also use some natural remedies. I am happy to be able to share my findings with you here on my blog. I hope you can find some of this of value.

Allergies: The Unbearable Sniffing, Sneezing and Drainage

The 5 Reasons You Could Still Be Plagued With Sadness Or Anxiety

by Clifton Davidson

Okay, so you've been to therapy, attended positive thinking seminars, tried medication, or read a heap of self-help books, but you still feel sad or anxious. One or more of the following five reasons could be to blame, and there are ways to cope.

1. Positive thinking is masking something deeper.

You do affirmations and positive thinking techniques, yet you feel your life hasn't improved much. The problem is if you aren't aware of the mass of negativity hidden in your psyche, a thin veneer of positivity isn't going to help much. This bundle of distressing emotions may have been caused by abuse, trauma, bad circumstances, or unresolved grief in your childhood or early adult life.

A skilled psychotherapy service, like Newsome & Associates, Ltd., can help you uncover these things and be able to confront them in a safe environment.

2. Your medication is not (or no longer) effective.

Medication for depression and/or anxiety is not an exact science. You may need to try several before you find one that is effective for you, or you may need an additional medication to increase the effectiveness of the one you are on.

3. You lost faith in your religion.

If you have left your religion because of you no longer approve of certain aspects of it or you have lost faith in it, it would be normal to feel sadness or depression. You could be experiencing a void that needs to be filled.

It can be comforting to realize that you don't have to give up spirituality due to this; it can evolve into another form. For some intellectual stimulation on this subject, try reading some of the many scholarly works on this subject. 

Alternatively, you could find that taking up a cause like civil or animal rights, or helping the less fortunate, would increase your sense of purpose and meaning and also multiply your social connections.

4. Your therapist annoys you, or you have already tried therapy.

A hallmark symptom of depression is irritability, and you may be experiencing impatience with results. In this case, it would be wise to allow time for therapy and medications to start kicking in. If you were feeling hopeless before, it may be a sign you are regaining some psychological energy and making progress.

Switching from therapist to therapist may indicate you have some sort of personality disorder and/or are resistant to treatment. However, one therapist's personality may not be compatible with yours, or their favored modes of treatment might not be helpful to you. In this case, it is wise to seek another's services.

It is also helpful to realize that you don't "graduate" from counseling therapy. You may have tried it in the past for a short-term problem and even felt better for a time, but now you are disappointed to find your negative emotions have returned. It is okay to return for maintenance or to confront new challenges.

5. You can't quit ruminating about your past or your anxieties.

Finally, if you can't stop thinking about your sadness, fears and worries, an event, or past experiences, you may be prone to ruminative or obsessive thinking. There are depression medications that tend to help this condition more than others, so you should discuss this with a psychiatrist or a physician.

Therapeutic techniques that can help are cognitive-behavioral therapy, conscious thought-stopping and planned distractions, and mindfulness therapy.