Depression

We specialise in helping people suffering from depression

If you are visiting this page because you feel depressed, or know of a friend that is experiencing depression, know that help is just a phone call away.

Currently there are at least 300,000 Irish people suffering with depression. During the course of a lifetime, there is a 1 in 3 chance of developing a major depressive episode with a third more having a minor depressive episode. It is the major illness of the 21st Century. Depression is disabling, it affects a persons thinking, feeling and behaviour and must never go untreated.

 If you think you are suffering from depression please seek help. It is never a sign of weakness and you are never being a nuisance. Depression is not a trivial condition. Seeking help is a sign of strength and empowerment.

Depressed thoughts maintain depressed feelings…

One of the most significant discoveries in psychology over the past 20 years is that people can consciously choose the way they think and consequently change the way they feel.

One of the more popular contemporary movements in psychotherapy is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy created by two Americans, Albert Ellis and Aaron Beck. Research studies have shown that CBT is highly effective at treating a number of psychological issues including that of depression.

How is CBT an effective treatment for depression?

According to Aaron Beck, CBT based intervention for depression is based on two primary ideas:

(1) That depressed people have a systematic negative bias in their thinking, i.e. they automatically think negative or distorted thoughts.

(2) That the manner in which depressed people interpret ‘life events’ maintains their depression, i.e. they look at life through the darkened lens of depression.

CBT states that it is not a ‘life event’ itself that causes depressed or anxious thoughts, but it’s how we interpret life’s events that determine how we feel. 

The ABC Model of CBT:

Where A is the Adverse or Active event: This might be real or imagined. Imagined events can create the same reactions as if experiencing real ones, so if we think we have been rejected in some way, then we’ll react as though we have actually been rejected. If we are feeling depressed or anxious, it is likely that we’ll automatically think and expect the worst.

Where B is Beliefs and our automatic thoughts: These are responsible for the thoughts and images that flash through our mind in response to everyday events. They generally go unchecked so that we accept them as fact even though they may be a distortion of the facts. The generally go unnoticed and therefore unchallenged which in turn results in unpleasant feelings and emotions.

Where C is the Consequences: These include negative emotions, and depressed or anxious feelings, and consequently behaviours such as avoidance.

 

Our therapeutic work:

We specialise in helping clients free themselves from the black cloud of depression. Using a combination of CBT, Hypnotherapy, NLP and cognitive reframing; clients are introduced to new ways of thinking, self determination and empowerment, whereby they soon return to blue skies and a happier life.

“even on the darkest and cloudiest of days, the sun still rises and the blue sky is never more than a mile above you. Together we can do a little cloud busting...” Lee Tiller 2011

 

Depression links:

www.aware.ie

www.samaritans.org 

To telephone the Samaritans (if in the ROI): 1850 60 90 90

www.depression.com