Secondary gain is often the reason why depression recovery does not occur. Was this involved in my experience with Freddie?
Listen to this Ninth Audio of the “Client Stories” series and you can also read the accompanying blog post.
Listen/Download to my audio: Freddie – a case study of failure
Read my Depression Help Blog post: Freddie – a case study of failure
1: Donald’s story of depression creeping up
Audio 2: Experience of Padma and Roberta
Audio 3: Trevor’s recovery from fear of depression
Audio 4: Tricia’s depression recovery
Audio 5: Mike’s reset following retirement
Audio 6: Norman failed by the NHS
Audio 7: Barbara and Ros resetting
Audio 8: Harold’s Diagnosis
Audio 9: Freddie’s failure
Audio 10: Rosanna’s suicidal thoughts and recovery
Audio 11: Fiona’s isolation and stigma
Audio 12: Vernon and Kate – self confidence was the problem
Audio 13: Isobel on the verge of extinction
Audio 14: Rachel on the verge of extinction
The last thing that I want to do is to suggest that I have all the answers to depression and depression relief or that all my depressed clients get better quickly. This is the story of one such recent case – Freddie. He came to me very stressed and classically depressed – ruminating and worrying all the time, stuck in his life after a personal crisis and clearly dreaming far too much.
In that first session I listened to what he felt he had to tell me. And I could not stop him until the very end. The second session began with the news that he had not listened to my Mp3, had not distracted himself at all, was feeling just as bad and had a further torrent of insight and information about his problems that he felt compelled to share with me.
At the end I said that I would only see him next week if he had listened to my Mp3 once a day and he had done something each day for his Mum – that he had worked out she will enjoy. And that was the last I saw of him.