” 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.
1. Attributing the depression to a cause. 2. Attempting to rectify the problem considered responsible for evoking the feeling of depression. 3. Finding social and moral support. 4. Engaging in diverting and distracting recreations. 5. Keeping busy and working. 6. Focusing one’s attention elsewhere than on the depression problems or depressed feelings. 7. Restructuring one’s cognitions so as to minimize the significance of the depressing events. 8. Engaging in self-care and maintenance activities. 9. Visiting one’s emotions. 10. Taking prescribed medication. 11. Finding compensations and boosting feelings of self-esteem/ or self sufficiency through useful, purposeful activity. 12. Taking comfort in one’s religious beliefs.
Source: Rippere, V., and Williams, Ruth. Wounded Healers. NY: John Wiley and sons. Ltd.,1985.
I might add that one of the more therapeutic activities for a person depressed is to join a Depressed Anonymous group where you will find yourself no longer alone and isolated. The group members will speak a language which tells you that they know what you are experiencing. And when you do turn your attention to your personal experience with depression they will provide you with a solution-focused plan of recovery. We call it the Twelve Step program of recovery This plan has been tried and tested for almost a century now, and has been found to be the “real deal.”
Take a look at some of the literature offered by Depressed Anonymous, use it, then become a believer that it works.
Sources: Believing is seeing:15 ways to leave the prison of depression. (2015) Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville
Depressed Anonymous, 3rd edition. (2011) Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville..