The analogy of a twisted ankle being like depression is very helpful. All my depressed clients can see the connection. They find it liberating to realise that they are not ill.
Listen to this Sixth Audio of the “Depression Help” series and you can also read the accompanying blog post.
Listen/Download to my audio: Depression Recovery is no harder than from a Twisted Ankle
Read my Depression Help Blog post: Depression Recovery is no harder than from a Twisted Ankle
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
Imagine a twisted ankle, from a broken paving stone on the pavement! You would know what to do. The ankle might hurt like hell and maybe a trip to the doctor for a precautionary X-ray might be worth it … BUT you would know what do. You would know that you were not ill – such as with a nasty flu, or a tropical disease or a diagnosis of internal organ failure. No you would just need to rest the twisted ankle and your natural healing mechanisms would do the rest
But a depression, which is fuelled by worrying and rumination and hence exhausting over dreaming! Is that really much different from a twisted ankle? Do you really understand that a twisted ankle and an exhausted mind are not that different and both are just in need of rest?