Dealing with depression

wild flowersDepression is very common and has been for thousands of years, it affects over 300 million people all around the world. Depression is not just low mood, but involves many different symptoms such as anger, anxiety, insomnia, loss of appetite, skin complaints and more. Depression can be linked to life events or traumatic experiences: loss of a loved one, financial difficulties, relationship troubles or some people are just prone to depression and it can seem to come out of the blue. Often people have a compulsion to escape and isolate themselves and this can make them feel guilty. Some depressions are quite severe while others are less so, but it can still feel very distressing and life crippling. Some depression can make us think life is not worth living, if you feel like this I strongly recommend you seek immediate help from your local general practitioner.

Depression is not your fault. It reflects your brain’s state, so if you feel a failure, have pent up anger, are running on empty, feel trapped and desperate to escape: you are not alone and you can get yourself to a much better place with therapy and some self-help techniques in mindfulness and compassion focused therapy. We can learn to train our minds to shift us out of our depressed states. Your feelings reflect your brain’s state. This is the painful part and it is not your fault and there is nothing bad about you. Depression can take over our lives. It can affect how we think, feel and what we do. We can get so drawn into our depression it sometimes difficult to have the courage to find a way out and get more control back in our life. This is a normal reaction to depression. It is the vicious cycle of the depression trap. Using a combination of Compassion Focus Therapy (CFT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness, with guided support from a therapist, you can overcome your depression. People who have never been depressed may not understand it, or may tell you to pull yourself together, but this doesn’t mean there is anything bad about you, they just don’t understand. Depression affects people differently and the therapy will be tailored to reflect individual needs.

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