The ignorance of what a depression is really about – namely that it is caused by exhausting over-dreaming – means that it is easy to believe that the differences between each depression are more important than their common features. This is not helpful at all.
Listen to this Twelvth Audio of the “Depression Help” series and you can also read the accompanying blog post.
Listen/download to my audio: Is each depression different with its own root cause?
Read my Depression Help Blog post: Is each depression different with its own root cause?
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
Not too long ago, it was put to me that everyone’s depression has a different root cause and so everyone must find their own way out of their depression. This statement seems impossible to argue with as of course we are all different, unique even. And so every journey into a depression will be different as will every place where a depressed person find themselves. But the more I have pondered this, the less I like it. For those lost in their very own “unique” depression trance, it is surely dangerous to approach it this way.
Each depression is endured by a person who is on their own unique life journey with different life experiences, of a different age, with different ways of thinking, making a different use of their imagination and coping well or badly and yes differently with the exhaustion and terror of their minds losing control.
But most depressions will have at their core useless worrying, dreaming too much, feeling worse in the morning and being trapped in their mind in a state of terrifying nervous exhaustion. And this will be true even if there are environmental factors that go back to a childhood lived with depressed parents, or to poor nutrition that impacts on mood or even to biological factors that impact on serotonin and other neurotransmitters
It will be no help to these depressed people to propagate the appealing but dangerous idea that their depression has a unique root cause. Will it not entrap them further and keep them even more isolated and alone in their thoughts and rumination?