I often use the metaphor of a twisted ankle – that depressions can be thought of as similar. A twisted ankle just needs rest and it will heal itself. A depression similarly just needs you to rest your mind from useless rumination and it will begin to heal.
You can listen to the third Audio of the "What is Depression" series and read the associated blog posting also.
Listen/Download to my audio: Twisted Ankle Epidemic Fairy Story
Read my Depression Help Blog post: Twisted Ankle Epidemic Fairy Story
1: How Depression takes hold
Audio 2: Waking Up Exhausted
Audio 3: Twisted Ankle Fairy Story
Audio 4: Dreaming and Depression
Audio 5: Water Hose Metaphor
Audio 6: From Dreaming to Depression
Audio 7: Finding Trauma
Audio 8: What is mental illness?
Audio 9: Clearing Trauma
Audio 10: Examples of Rewind
Audio 11: Lacking Self Confidence
Audio 12: Flood metaphor for Depression
Audio 13: Sleep differences – Depression & Anxiety
Just suppose: that you were being told by all kinds of experts that there was an epidemic of twisted ankles running amok in the country.
What would you think?
The first thought would surely be not to believe it. Because you would know that twisted ankles were pretty easy to explain and to fix. All that was needed was to rest the ankle. I suppose it would then be pretty tempting to look at who were the main beneficiaries of these incredulous “facts”. The pharmaceutical companies obviously as they had created a whole class of drugs that was self evidently failing to combat the problems. The doctors also who prescribed them – they must be getting something from propagating this view of epidemic.
Still this is only a fairy tale about twisted ankles. It couldn’t possible apply to anything in the real world! Or could it? Read this if you think maybe it might and read this if you think that you might have the stomach for it.