” Having spent time researching causes of, and vulnerability to depression, I know that I was a prime candidate for the disorder. The person typically diagnosed as depressed is likely to be a married woman who is also a mother, and beset with practical problems.: Children, interpersonal relationships, and spouse concerns. What I learned from my own depression and recovery and try to practice when working with clients, is that people have the seeds of their own revival within them. I want to ask the right questions so that people can hear what they say, recognize what changes they want to make, and how they can choose to make them. Specific time limits are met, and I prefer to focus initially on people making changes in their behavior, rather than mood. I explain that although the depressed mood colors the whole world, it has not been shown to be causally related to improvement, whereas behavior has.
When clients know that there are specific and tangible things they can do, they begin to experience an immediate upswing. A specific time limit is often motivating. People begin to see themselves making positive changes in their behavior, and can begin to change attitudes about themselves. They begin to see themselves controlling aspects of their environment, and as this happens, helplessness and hopelessness begin to dissipate and self- esteem level rises proportionally. People see themselves to be improving as a result of their own efforts. Nothing can be more rewarding to a depressed person.”
Sources: Wounded Healers. V. Rippere. Pages 86-87.
The Antidepressant Tablet Vol. 2:3 Spring 1991.
Depressed Anonymous, 3rd edition. (2011) Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville. Ky.