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Depression

Depression Explained

Understanding depression helps become free from it.

Depression is a mindset

Depression is a mindset where you cannot see toward the future with positivity. Feeling low mentally, unable to find joy in life. Being stuck in a morbid pattern and feeling as if there is no hope of getting out of a dark lonely pit with no ladder or light above. Reliving and rethinking past experiences that are negative and not being able to be in the present.

What is depression?

Depression is being stuck in the past and commonly rumination or reliving thoughts of past history or event that there is a sense of injustice towards themselves or a circumstance and or event. This may lead to sleep disturbances due to overthinking, changes in eating habits and poor diet, either lack of appetite or overeating.

Language

Depressed language process "I'm depressed", things will never change, what's the point of anything. This language then becomes the new reality, feeling depressed at a particular time of day or particular thoughts upset them, yet they do not realise the pattern and process to mentally get there

New reality

Not knowing how to get out of the downward spiral and making self-references to stay inside their head dwelling on their feelings.

Focusing internally and feeling as if they are falling apart and this becomes their new reality.

No control

This new pattern also leads to lack of enjoyment and ignoring social events, self-isolation, no longer doing activities which they once enjoyed doing, and a lack of emotion towards others happiness and joyful exciting experiences adding and exacerbating the helplessness and depressed mood and feeling as if they have no control of the current situation.

Treatment

Before commencing treatment for depression it is recommended to rule out that there is no other underlying medical cause and to be assessed by their GP and continue any medication if currently taking antidepressants or referral to a Psychiatrist if needed. Medication will help stabilise until balance can be achieved. Medication will not teach life skills to change the pattern of thoughts where the problem of the thought process lies.

The Gordian Pillars of Depression

The seven pillars represent how depression is present in thought patterns. The pillars are broken down to remove the thought processing leading to depression, using Strategic Psychotherapy and Hypnosis.

Depression is processed by the following distortions in thought patterns.

Helplessness/Hopelessness- Permanent, Pervasive, Personal; present thoughts and emotional frame belief of permanent hopelessness and helplessness affecting all parts areas of thought and referring hopelessness toward themselves self-labeling and mislabeling themselves.

Avoidant Coping Style-Self Soothing Rituals; avoiding situations and escaping from environments and decision making to cope rather than facing the things they have been avoiding.

Global Thinking- Lack of Distinction and or Poor Process; taking one experience and making one total rule from a past event or experience that turned out negative, all or nothing thinking, for example; “I can’t see a way out, “I’m always stressed about (job, person, life) nothing will ever change.”

Internal Orientation- Believed or Imagined; belief in their negative imagination memory stored how they have contributed to the past experiences predicts the future negatively.

Ineffective Compartmentalization- Sleep Disturbance is present Excessive Rumination/Emotional Frame; repetitive thoughts running re-playing over and over, causing a negative emotional thought process. Letting the emotions rule, rather than thinking and sorting outside of their negative frame of mind, creating a negative reality.

Low Tolerance for Ambiguity- Poor Risk Assessment; not knowing constant uncertainty language such as “What if?” determining all the probable outcomes as negative. Unable to think outside the probability rather than the possibility and the need to know or predict the outcome of a situation. Making the need for control, to be out of control.

Poor or Stable Attribution- Sense of Being Trapped; have a sense of feeling stuck in the past what happened to them as if in the present moment feeling trapped and have no way out.
Past Orientation- Endless Post Postmortems; depression can be present along with anxiety being negative future-oriented.

Depression is dwelling on past events and focusing on experiences that went wrong, or no good will come again, them times have gone. Also, use the negative perception of the past to judge what will happen in the future.

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