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 and as 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
I would say that the picture above accurately portrays how I was feeling 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 and more importantly how never to create it for myself again in the future. Having been totally free of my crippling and at times suicidal depression for a good decade now I think I have enough evidence to 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 for yourself.
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 (which are made up in the main of your sense of power and control over your experiences) and how you value yourself are strong and powerful then you won’t create depression. However if 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 incredibly obsessive, unhelpful and negative thoughts which you just keep on thinking. These thoughts create 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.
Many people both adults and children are now on a worry-go-round of anti-depressant medication which if that is your only option at the time it will help to mask your symptoms, give you a bit of a breathing space however as everyone knows it 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. Having a positive and balanced attitude will help you to gain a better perspective on your situation so 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 about finding 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 and the method you choose is up to you.
Depression and the Thrive Programme
The very latest (in development for over 10 years), innovative and perhaps 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 and in doing so, teaches you how to take control of your thinking and really change the way you “see the world.” Thrive is a research-backed applied course of Psychology that has been 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 worrying, the children I see. If you decide to go through the Thrive Programme with me you will begin to understand why and how you have developed these feelings and how your mood and self belief and confidence have been affected. The learning of new skills and techniques will help you to gain or regain and maintain better levels of self confidence, to regulate your mood, to improve your self esteem and keep that consistently good. You will also learn how to make significant changes to how you view your world and your experiences and move forward into your future with confidence, free from any self-doubt or anxiety, feeling confident, able to set goals and achieve them and bounce back quickly when things get tough or tricky.
In order for you to find out how you can learn to become more confident and understand that you do have the ability to change please call or email me today for a 45min relaxed chat and cuppa in one of my offices. Pat – 07984177527 or firstname.lastname@example.org
I repeat, it is not weak to ask for help, most people have never yet had the opportunity to learn how to be consistently happy. Either I can teach you how to do that or at least my words may have set you on your own voyage of discovery.