Depression help in Cambridge, Haverhill and Saffron Walden
Depression help in Cambridge, Haverhill and Saffron Walden – overcome your depression and learn to Thrive!
Real help for depression!
Depression is a very common problem, with around one in five people suffering from some form of it at some point in their lives. There are many potential symptoms of depression, which can include: feeling sad and tearful, lack of energy, difficulty concentrating and making decisions, changes in appetite, insomnia or disturbed sleep patterns, reduced sex drive. There are a number of different types of depression and many contributing causes, but the following factors have all tended to be present to some extent in all the depression sufferers that I have treated.
Having an ‘external locus of control’ (feeling powerless) is a key aspect of depression. Burger (1984) found that those who believed that their lives were ‘controlled by chance or powerful others’ had higher levels of depression. Mirowsky and Ross (1990) determined that depression was associated with ‘not feeling in control of either good outcomes or bad outcomes, or of both.’
Basically, depression is a combination of feeling low, unhappy and negative, but also about feeling powerless to do anything about it. As well as feeling powerless, people with depression tend to brood and obsess.
People tend to believe that by obsessing about something, they are gaining control and helping themselves to figure things out. Researchers discuss how negative brooders are far less likely to use active and effective coping skills to deal with problems or stressful life events than those who do not tend to brood. Obsessing tends to focus all attention on a problem, reinforcing all the negatives, keeping people absorbed in their worries and in fact, increasing their feelings of being out of control.
Social phobia and low self-esteem also often play a big part in depression, for a number of reasons:
1. Quite often the trigger to start obsessing about something was an event or experience where the sufferer felt judged – either by themselves or by others.
2.Once depressed, the sufferer tends to isolate themselves because they feel stupid, not good enough, not clever enough to have the skills to stop being depressed.
3. Because of their low self-esteem and social anxiety, they often engage in frequent self-blame and self-criticism (which of course leads to feelings of misery and negativity). Yet, despite the frequent self-criticism, they rarely recognise that they could be in some way creating their own despair, again often due to a fear of being judged. Instead they often see their depression as a medical condition or as a result of a particular experience. This then further adds to their sense of powerlessness (due to it not being something within their power to change).
Help for Depression – What’s the Problem ?
Perhaps the biggest problem for sufferers of depression though is the medicalisation of it. For further explanation into this medicalisation watch the first video on this page.
To see a tale of how a sufferer of depression turned her life around, watch the 2nd video on this page. Nelbe had suffered with chronic depression, anxiety and low self-esteem for over 12 years. She’d had a number of unsuccessful therapies including counseling, CBT, group therapy and had attempted suicide. She saw The Thrive Programme as her last chance. Watch her incredible story now.
The 3rd video is Ben’s story. Ben tells us how he had suffered from clinical depression for more than ten years… he’d tried a huge range of different therapies and treatments, and was prescribed a cocktail of different drugs. He successfully overcame his depression in just three or four weeks – using The Thrive Programme. You can watch his video on this page.
Also, you can watch Joan explain about a life spent battling bouts of depression. After trying a host of alternative treatments that proved unsuccessful, she found herself at a low ebb. Just 6 weeks and completing The Thrive Programme later, she has her life back. Her video is the 4th on this page. Watch her story now.
The Thrive Programme comes from a completely different angle to any other treatment, therapy or intervention. Using the Programme, anyone can learn how to enjoy good mental health.
Thrive is NOT therapy – it’s the complete opposite to therapy – and it puts you in the driving seat. This means that when you do meet a hurdles in life, you’ll be well-prepared to meet them head on, feeling powerful, capable and positive. With the Thrive Programme there’ll be no stopping you!
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