Using the analogy of vicious and virtuous circles can always play a big part to convey the dynamic process through time – of how a depression takes hold, but then can be relieved.
Listen to this Fifth Audio of the “Depression Help” series and you can also read the accompanying blog post.
Listen/Download to my audio: Vicious and Virtuous circles to explain Depression and Recovery
Read my Depression Help Blog post: Vicious and Virtuous circles to explain Depression and Recovery
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
I use these terms a lot when trying to explain mental problems, notably depression. Vicious and virtuous circles convey beautifully the vital insight of what mental distress is mostly about. That it is a dynamic process of cause and effect, where the starting point to understanding is to know where you were yesterday and how you got there and how you progressed towards today… and so on, back through time.
How else might you describe virtuous and vicious circles? As a landslide collecting more and more and becoming more powerful, the further it goes down the mountain. As a ball being pushed in a new direction and then as friction disappears keeps moving on and on. As a birds finding a flow of air that takes it to new unaccustomed heights.