People who are depressed often do not realise that there are some simple and often highly effective approaches to help you begin putting your life back on track. Our aim is to help you to defeat depression and re-build your resourcefulness, energy and sense of being in control. And whilst we would never guarantee you will feel happier and healthier for the rest of your life, our intention is to create and sustain a more positive daily experience, irrespective of your past.
We all do our best to work through difficult times. Sometimes we are aware of what triggered the episode of depression and at other times it defies explanation. Some of us seem to succeed relatively comfortably whilst others struggle. And of course life does throw up some very difficult challenges at times. What is important is that you can get help when you need it. The earlier you do so, the easier it is to avoid unnecessary pain and suffering. Of course, we cannot guarantee that nothing will ever go wrong in your life. That would be unrealistic. What we do offer you are ways of becoming more resilient and proactive. We will also work hand in hand with your GP and other professionals, where appropriate, to ensure you receive the best help available.
Depression can be a controversial and very touchy subject, especially for those who are suffering, and also for their loved ones. There are well researched definitions of ‘depression’ which insist that depression is an illness. There are also standardised ‘medical-model’ treatments. The NHS currently tends to favour a mix of medication (SSRIs which prevent your brain from mopping up serotonin) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
This standard treatment certainly helps a lot of people. You should also be aware, however, that medication for ‘depression’ is a very big business. There are a lot of drug companies ready and willing to promote medications which may have a limited or even damaging effect on a person’s life over the longer term, especially if your use of medication goes unmonitored. We always recommend that if you are prescribed medication for depression or anxiety, you should review this frequently with your GP. We are also clear with all our clients that you should NEVER stop taking medication without professional medical advice.
If you want a scientific and unbiased review of how drug companies can sometimes exploit this ever growing ‘condition’ it is worth reading Bad Pharma by Ben Goldacre.
The ‘Fix My Problem Now’ Approach to Depression
With some caveats, we take the view that ‘depression’ is something you can think your way out of, given the right kind of support and challenge from a therapist. There are additional lifestyle changes that often support improvement such as exercise, getting outside daily, engaging with a social network and moderating sugar intake.
Of course, if you feel you are at imminent risk of self-harming or suicide you really should contact your GP or the emergency services immediately. If, however, you have simply been feeling low for a while, or have already had a diagnosis of depression and treatment has not helped significantly, we would be very happy to work with you.
There is a useful, simple self-assessment here at the NHS Choices site.
To BOOK a first session use the contact form or call me, Harvey Taylor, here in Bournemouth on 07974 228396