Most people either have experienced a very short or a long period of depression in their lives. Mind.org.uk figures below show the different types of mental health problems. You can see the figures for mixed anxiety and depression are far higher than the other categories.
Depression 2.6 in 100 people
Anxiety 4.7 in 100 people
Mixed anxiety and depression 9.7 in 100 people
Phobias 2.6 in 100 people
OCD 1.3 in 100 people
Panic disorder 1.2 in 100 people
Post traumatic stress disorder 3.0 in 100 people
Eating disorders 1.6 in 100 people
The picture above accurately portrays how I felt during the years when I was in my own cycle of depression. Thankfully I had the opportunity to learn exactly what I was doing to create that depression. More importantly, how never to create it for myself again in the future. Having been totally free of my crippling, sometimes suicidal depression for more than a decade, I can confidently say that it’s a thing of the past for me. That is one of the reasons that I do what I do. Sharing my knowledge and first hand expertise on how to stop depression in it’s tracks is very important to me.
How to deal with depression and anxiety, alone or without medication
Some questions I get asked about depression are how can I fight depression and anxiety without medication or how can I fight depression alone?
Take a look at the information below and decide whether you can take the first step to getting you the life you would like and deserve.
The word depression is a very heavy word which conjures up all sorts of meanings. It’s used commonly to describe anything from being a bit upset right up to its severest description of suicidal depression.
‘In 2015 there were 61m anti-depressant drugs prescribed and dispensed outside of hospitals. They are used to treat clinical depression as well as other conditions such as generalised anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and panic attacks.
The total was 31.6m more than in 2005 and up 3.9m, or 6.8% on 2014, according to a report from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).’
The building blocks of depression.
Have you ever given any thought to what the building blocks of depression are when you really break down the process?
Fundamentally if your psychological foundations, and your sense of self are strong and powerful then you won’t create depression. Your psychological foundations are made up in the main of your sense of power and control over your experiences and your self esteem. When your foundations are weak and shaky it becomes really easy for you to create a belief system which is made up of and sustained by obsessive, unhelpful and negative thoughts which you just keep on thinking. These thoughts create stress, anxiety and the feelings which can spiral into depression. Once you have one ‘episode’ of depression then it can quickly become an assumption that you are prone to these episodes and then that can result in an expectation that this may happen again. Creating stress for yourself also is a big part of falling foul of depression, follow the link to read my blog on stress 10 tips on how to overcome stress
Many people both adults and children are now on a worry-go-round of anti-depressant medication. If that is your only option at the time it will help to mask your symptoms, give you a bit of a breathing space. This, as everyone knows, is rarely the permanent resolution.
NB There is nothing wrong or weak about accepting some help in the form of medication and that matter is between you and your Doctor or other health professional.
5 tips which may help you to begin thinking about getting yourself off your own depression treadmill
- Attitude, this is important in how you perceive your life. Being positive and creating a balanced attitude will help you to gain a better perspective on your situation. Positive perspectives help you to avoid automatically seeking out the negative and begin to look at the potential solutions. A could also mean action – take some action, something is better than nothing.
- Believe in yourself, start to look for things you could be grateful for in your life, make a list, keep it visible and be mindful of adding to it regularly.
- Consider taking responsibility for your own mood, it’s amazing how your thoughts create your mood. Test that out, try thinking happy thoughts, smiling and feeling miserable at the same time – doesn’t work!
- Do something about it rather than being a prisoner in your own head. Have a little chat with your inner voice, recognise if that is helpful or unhelpful. Treat yourself how you would treat a child or how you would have liked to have been treated as a child. That means encourage yourself rather than battering yourself down with your own criticism.
- Excited, get excited, find out ways to learn to change, take back control and know that you are not stuck with your unhelpful moods if you put effort in. Only you can do that, the method you choose is up to you. Also turn fear into excitement, they are very close in the way they affect you physically but oh so different emotionally.
Depression and the Thrive Programme
The very latest (in development for over 10 years), innovative, most effective way to deal with your confidence issue is to follow a course of the Thrive Programme. This intervention helps you to really understand how your “beliefs” have contributed to the way that you feel. Becoming aware of how to take control of your thinking and really changes the way you “see the world.” Thrive is a research-backed applied course of Psychology that is consistently producing excellent results.
In my own practice almost all of my clients have had some form of low mood or depression. This is true for both men, women and more worryingly, the children I see. Making a decision to go through the Thrive Programme with me will be the best thing you have ever done. Learning to understand why and how you have developed these feelings and how your mood, self belief and confidence have been affected. Gaining new life skills and techniques, helps you to gain or regain and maintain better levels of self confidence.
Your new skills will help you to regulate your mood and improve your self esteem keeping that consistently good. Learn how to make significant changes to how you view your world and your experiences. Move forward into your future with confidence.
Find out how you can learn to become more confident.
Free yourself from any self-doubt or anxiety, become confident, set goals, achieve them and bounce back quickly when things get tough or tricky.
Understand that you do have the ability to change.
Come along for a complementary 45min relaxed chat and cuppa in one of my offices.
Pat – 07984177527 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Most people have never yet had the opportunity to learn how to be consistently happy.