I am continually astonished and dismayed by the breathtaking ignorance of what a depression is – and particularly ignorance of the role of excessive REM sleep.
Listen to this Seventh Audio of the “Depression Help” series and you can also read the accompanying blog post.
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1: Three stage programme
Audio 2: More than Depression Tips
Audio 3: Two Suggestions
Audio 4: Talking is last thing
Audio 5: Vicious and Virtuous
Audio 6: Depression like a Twisted Ankle
Audio 7: Ignorance of Depression
Audio 8: How do you feel?
Audio 9: Timelines and Life Stories
Audio 10 : Ask the right questions
Audio 11: Three reframes
Audio 12: Is each depression unique?
Audio 13: Drowning in Depression
A common feature of most of the depressed clients I see is a barely concealed terror. “What is going on” and “why am I suffering so terribly” and “what the hell can I do to escape” are the kind of questions that they are continually asking in their terrifying unrelieved nightmare.
And what if the experts you go to in desperation have no explanation other than to say that you have a mental illness and there are many reasons why? Would that help to ease the terror? I don’t think so. But that is what most depressed individuals must contend with
For the majority of the depressed clients I see, my first task is to provide a simple explanation of what a depression is and to convince them that they are not going mad, that they are not suffering from a mental illness and that relief is there. And of course as hope then invariably returns, a virtuous circle of recovery can begin.