Depression can be the most terrible experience of a person’s life. It is hardly a surprise therefore to discover that this experience can be traumatic and so stay with that person. In these circumstances the fear of depression becomes an important factor causing depressions to be chronic and periodically or continually debilitating.
You can listen to the third Audio of the "Client Stories" series and read the accompanying blog posting.
Listen/Download to my audio: Trevor’s story of overcoming fear of depression
Read my Depression Help Blog post: Trevor’s story of overcoming fear of depression
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
A man in his forties coming to me who was almost permanently locked in depression. He could recall vividly his first depression. What was so clear was how terrifying and immediate that memory was for him – even after 25 years or more. And so I detraumatised that fear of depression – using the Rewind technique.
Therapy was very new and fresh for me then and I had not built up a memory and experience bank of successful help and of course interventions that were less successful. But I remember how transformational the rewind was for that man. He never looked back after that session.
I would say that perhaps one in four of my depressed clients need to have an original fear of depression experience detraumatised and for maybe a half of these, that is all that they need. And that has been true of a recent client – whom I will call Trevor and you can read and listen to his experience.
I wonder how many depressed people today are still terrified of their first depression experience?