With our world being so busy now and personal life events taking up so much of our time, it's no wonder that the World Health Authority (WHO) have stated that Depression is currently the biggest cause of disability all over the globe.
Depression is also on the increase, especially for our younger generation, caused by the growing use of social media and the constant pressures and expectations put on them in order for perfection. A distinct lack of community support has also contributed greatly to this increasingly troubled environment.
We now know, through a vast amount of research, what the causes are for depression. Each one of us is different and therefore so is our susceptibility to depression, making some people more resilient to it than others. It is not a biological illness that only drugs can alleviate symptoms, neither is it due to our personal negative life events but the result of how well we have learned to respond to our own unhealthy life experiences.
When we are depressed, our levels of the stress hormone cortisol are raised, causing us to feel highly emotional. We are unable to think rationally resulting in a distinct lack of concentration. This, in turn, results in our inability to be able to think clearly so we can see how to help ourselves to find a solution to move forwards.
Depression is a cycle which affects our sleeping pattern as well as our motivation; take a look at the diagram underneath which explains how this influences us.
An emotional need is not
Wake feeling exhausted with no motivation
for the day ahead
Worry sets in and we start thinking in "Black or White" terms
Too much REM sleep resulting in brain exhaustion
We start to
As a Human Givens psychotherapist, I will work with you so you are able to:
understand depression and explain why it can take a hold
control unhealthy negative thoughts and worry patterns
improve your sleep, preventing brain exhaustion
increase your energy levels and improve self-confidence
solve the problems that are preventing you from getting your emotional needs met
visualise success and take back control