Who else has suffered from Depression?
Too many to mention, but there is a sprinkling of successful people who have risked talking openly about their own struggles with depression to help others feel less alone and to free themselves from the stigma that keeps you quiet. Also how they have used therapy to help them address it. Bruce Springsteen, Will Young, Gwyneth Paltrow, Hugh Laurie, Ashley Judd, Brad Pitt, Damon Hill (World champion racing driver), Leon McKenzie (Premier league footballer) etc. etc.
Where does Depression come from?
Depression is extremely common and is thought to affect one in ten of us in our lifetime. Whilst the despair that depression can cause cannot be underestimated, it is important to understand that anyone can be affected and that most people respond well to treatment.
Depression may be triggered by recent or past traumas or significant life changes such as relationship breakdowns or a bereavement. Usually something that has been difficult to deal with or just avoided.
Can Depression be treated?
If you suffer with depression it may feel like you will feel this way forever, however with support and treatment most people are able to make a full recovery. At BCPC, we have a number of therapists experienced in treating depression.
Does Depression require medication?
This depends on how severely depressed you are. Medication can sometimes help to settle the symptoms while you address the underlying process through counselling. Therapy can be extremely effective in treating depression by helping to identify the causes and manage the symptoms. If you have broken your wrist by putting your hand out when you fell over, you may have a plaster cast put on to help the healing, while you get mentally clear about avoiding doing the same next time. Therapy clarifies the causes and focus for healing while medication can act like a walking stick while getting better.
Some like model and actress Pauline Porizkova took anti-depressants to help her calm down when particularly anxious, but found her personality was also suppressed by them, `wondering if they were the emotional equivalent of plastic surgery`! She came off them (with some difficulty) and combined therapy and exercise to move forward successfully. With help, each person can work out what is most helpful for them.
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