How to prevent depression

How to prevent depression 2018-03-15T10:55:42+00:00

Depression is an umbrella term, one of the most used diagnosis in the UK.  Sometimes this diagnosis is combined with Anxiety as the two often work together.

Like all internal cultures, the spectrum of depression is varied in breadth and depth.  For the majority, depression is a combination of many factors that link together like a jigsaw creating a dreadful internal culture.  This jigsaw is made up of uniquely individual pieces and some standard pieces.  Examples of standard pieces may include some or a mix of the following, this list is a few examples there are as many jigsaws as there are people:

Cognitive/Mind factors

  • black and white inflexible thinking
  • dismissal or disapproval of one’s own emotions
  • labeling emotions as negative or positive
  • suppression or distraction from emotions
  • avoidance or distraction from connecting with and processing through a loss or bereavement
  • consistently placing of oneself in an inferior or superior position
  • consistent critical, punitive or punishing self-dialogue
  • extreme thinking habits
  • introverted thinking habits
  • consistent over-reliance on others
  • fundamental beliefs that disable connecting with self and others
  • fundamental beliefs that disable self-development
  • fundamental beliefs that disable developing internal collaboration and collaboration with others

Emotional factors

  • suppression of emotions/feeling numb
  • excessive emotional production
  • feeling emotionally disconnected
  • excessive anxiety or other emotions when connecting to others or a tasks

Physical factors

  • exhaustion/consistently tired
  • heavy in body
  • disconnected from emotional energy/life flow (mojo)
  • stagnant internal processes
  • consistent irritation and/or heat in the body

Behavioral factors

  • disconnected from others
  • isolation
  • introverted lifestyle
  • addictions (legal/illegal substances or lifestyle)
  • less/lack of self-respect and care
  • disconnected from life
  • excessive behavior
  • under/oversleeping

To prevent this culture we need to:

  • engage consistently in development of self-observation with an encouraging, respectful attitude
  • develop flexible middle ground thinking styles
  • develop a balanced eating plan
  • develop respectful, assertive view towards self and others
  • engage consistently with others
  • flex skills to meet a person or task appropriately
  • engage in personal development
  • engage in regular exercise

In order to create an internal culture that prevents becoming stuck in a depressive state consider these pointers. Prevention education is better than dealing with this internal culture at the other end of the wellbeing spectrum when individuals can become desperate, hopeless and at worst actively suicidal.

Working with a skillful professional will enable understanding of your unique jigsaw and assess a realistic development trajectory. This is a complex topic and there are many different views of the complicated internal and external elements involved.  Overall when an individual is disconnected from their life source of energy they feel hideous and the work is to understand the internal culture and enable healing, cognitive and emotional development to recircuit the internal culture and develop a respectful attitude to the self and others alongside this circuitry.

Interested in finding out more about depression and it’s origins? Why not try this clip by Aaron Beck:

Or try Alfred Adler’s view: