Are you - or some one you know - feeling depressed. You are not alone. About 10%
of the population experiences depression in a year - more in older age groups. It
is much more than just feeling sad - although intense sadness may need help and support.
Depression is a complex process with a variety of forms - both physical and mental.
Beside feeling sad a person may be withdrawn with low energy. Negative thought patterns
and self critical attitude predominate, often with angry or aggressive behaviour
or unpredictable mood swings. Generally there is loss of sleep or loss of interest
in work, sex, life and the future. Alternatively frantic life patterns and erratic
behaviour may be used to avoid and suppress underlying feelings - leading to periodic
exhaustion & collapse.
It may be provoked by immediate or recent life crises - or stress accumulated through
a series of disturbing episodes. Deeper causes - of which we may not be aware - may
have prevented us from experiencing a sense of vitality - good relationships - or
genuine joy in life over a long period. Often a proper course of therapy for depression
can find a lasting cure for depression in these resolving issues.
Because of the de-energising effects of depression it can be hard to arrest a downward
spiral. Struggling to cope with depression too long without the right depression
help and support can be counter-productive. Medical treatment for depression may
be vital as a crisis measure or for extreme cases - but - with the right guidance
- you can also learn to recognise your own warning signs and develop personal strategies
to stave off or deal with depression - effectively.
Therapy treatment for depression follows a well-structured course. In crisis, a
supportive behavioural regime is devised to stabilise the situation. Underlying states
and thought patterns are examined and steps taken to liberate you from negative patterns.
Thorough analysis at this stage is vital. Then having identified the specific patterns
and processes you experience you discover how to deal with depression effectively.
There follows the process of re-building in a new more resilient way. Behavioural
techniques, Ericksonian Hypnosis and NLP may all be brought into play.
Then - reconnected with more stable and resourceful states - as energy increases,
balance and control is re-established. Any necessary decisions and life changes can
be examined. Then you return refreshed to the fray with new resilience and more powerful
and effective strategies for managing life.