Depression CAN be beaten…
Around 10 years ago, a sequence of events in my life resulted in me becoming anxious and it wasn’t too long before I felt unable to cope. A relationship breakdown, 2 bereavements in quick succession and finally, work was the final straw. My wonderful doctor listened patiently and diagnosed me with depression.
After a week off work, I was referred to an occupational counsellor. I had a chat on the Friday and by the following Monday I had ‘jumped’ the NHS waiting list and was talking to a counsellor. I say ‘jumped’ because the counsellor that I saw was likely the very same one that you would see from a doctor’s waiting list.
Now I’ve never been one to criticise the NHS. Quite the opposite. I’ve got nothing but praise for them. They saw me through a complicated pregnancy and have given my family and friends excellent service, against the odds of low funding and low staffing.
So yes, I will defend the NHS to the hilt but the waiting lists were (and possibly still are) very long for people diagnosed with depression. ‘Fortunately’, the depression I had was very mild. If I’d had it more severe, I would’ve been waiting much, much longer to be seen. And this is dangerous.
Finding the right help
Because once depression gets its claws in and takes hold, it’s hard to bring yourself out. Very hard.
My doctor was wonderful, advised me to book double slots because he wanted to help… properly.
He told me right from the start that he’d prefer not to give me medication and I will be forever grateful for that. I didn’t want drugs either but was in such a fog that I’d probably have taken them.
I know there’s a place for them but in my situation, they weren’t the answer. There are other ways to dig yourself out of the ‘black hole’.
I would never claim that it’s easy to climb out, or even that it’s easy not to slip back in.
Because once you’ve experienced depression, it’s my opinion that you never fully recover.
But you can be aware of your triggers and deal with them swiftly to stop that spiral…
What’s important to remember about mental health is that anyone of any age can experience it, at any time. Put simply – no one, but no one is immune.
And that includes children. Emily Palmer has produced a great little book called ‘Scrambled Heads’ aimed at guiding children through mental health. You can read the review of ‘Scrambled Heads’ here.
When I was going through it and recovering, I used a great book that for me at the time was indispensable – 50 Things You Can Do Today To Beat Depression
by Paul Vincent. There will be a review coming soon.
My point is
My point is that there’s help out there. Help that gives your brain a long-term chance, rather than a cheap plaster that keeps coming off.
If I may add that if you’re reading and you’re on medication for depression, and if it works for you – well that’s great for you.
However, my personal experience has taught me that a natural, self-help approach works best (or at least it did for me). I will cover these methods in my series ‘Depression CAN be beaten…’ – subscribe so that you don’t miss it… use the opt-in form below or in the sidebar.
How do you deal with depression? Or how do you help someone you know to deal with depression? I’d love to hear from you. Comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere
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