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August 12, 2013
It is very good for all of us to venture into unknown and unfamiliar territory and even to encounter people and views that are quite unpleasant and even personally uncongenial. I have been doing that over this past week – and to my surprise finding that the ideas in my Depression Help blog, that depression is easy to understand and most cases relieve, is not one that everyone can hear. I should not be surprised by that and even as people have been quite rude, I can learn from what they say and how I express myself.
In term of Human Givens, it is the essential experience of attention I am talking about - giving and receiving. We should all cultivate this.
But then it is always good to find a place of comfort and acceptance – and that is also something that I may be doing as well. For thanks to the Twittersphere, I am finding that there are people who also know that the medical model of mental illness is not right and who don’t expect doctors to have all the answers. So maybe my voice can be heard. The jury is still out on that though. My voice is singing brightly, as the most beautiful nightingale (I like to think) but is anybody out there who wants to hear it?
So I am coming home, though not yet certain that anybody is there. This quotation I have heard gives me hope. It refers to how one should deal with mentally distressed people. “Don’t ask what is wrong but what has happened.” Wow
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For those of you who have followed my 12 signs of emotional health, there is a new page on my website that summarises each of the twelve comments - click here. You can also download the pdf file from that page in the right hand column.
This is a plug for my new Depression Help Blog – which I am finding is (a much overused word this) pretty well unique. Yes there are lots of websites/blogs on depression, but they fall into only two main categories. The first is official and semi official and so is peddling the official line that depression is an illness and basically only one of two – antidepressants and CBT - will help. That and loads of the normal listing of depression tips and with meditation and mindfulness as increasingly fashionable. And then there is the depression support community, which often includes sufferers who get relief and help by writing of their personal experiences.
And then there is me. I am optimistic about how depressions can be lifted (based foursquare on the Human Givens and my personal experience as a therapist) but scathing of the “industry” which I see is feeding this apparent depression epidemic. I get the distinct impression already that my blog is not really what people want to read.
So I need help and friends out there who know that my voice is authentic and valid. Do sign up. I think that you will enjoy what I am writing (up to two posts weekly now).
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