The recovery of Rachel from her serious depression of near extinction is well worth retelling. It took a little time as she had to deal with life problems as well resolving patterns from her past.
Listen to this Fourteenth Audio of the “Client Stories” series and you can also read the accompanying blog post.
Listen/download to my audio: Rachel was drowning, on the verge of extinction
Read my Depression Help Blog post: Rachel was drowning, on the verge of extinction
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
For Rachel, there had been medical problems concerning her shoulder that the NHS just could not seem to deal with. And this was allied to chronic problems around her main relationship and at work. She was a very committed social worker yet the defensiveness and politicisation of the job created addition pressures, while at the same time denying her the opportunity for real job satisfaction.
And so Rachel began to recover. It was not one thing, but an accumulation of things. We worked on her becoming less fearful of being on her own (as her partner faded from the scene). She began to explore changing her work and maybe even going it alone in some form – and so as her sleep improved, a virtuous circle began to get underway. It took a couple of months before she had tuned her emotions around – she was sleeping well and getting her life sorted.