Oh no Kelly, I agree with your opinion on counseling and depression. Counseling is important and I recommend it for everyone. It is just that I recently finished 5 years of therapy to recover from anorexia. I've been weight restored for about a year and have just been congratulated for successfully overcoming an eating disorder. Yay me! So during that time we covered depression and just about everything else. I've got the tools to handle the depression, as far as I know, and have been using them. It doesn't mean that I do not have the battle sometimes, but I know how to fight it because I was taught in therapy.
But the doc was concerned, so I agreed to the appt.
Yes, it is exciting that she agrees that fibro is real. She was serious when she said, "oh yes, it is very real." Plus, she didn't think I was malingering and is sending me to extra help. I am thankful to have changed doctors and even that my feet hurt so bad in Italy that I contacted her, because otherwise, I might not have.
I've been to many counselors, for depression, addiction to opioids, and panic attacks. I agree with your first solution...It is all just a matter of changing the way you are thinking. Live each day moment to moment, enjoy the little things, savor the good days...they don't come around very often.
Some counselors can help, but it is my experience that most don't give a s...!