Let Go of Your

Depression!

Please scroll down to find the information related to the topics listed below. 

What is Depression? 
     A Psychological Definition 
     A Medical Model Definition 

Treatment for Depression 
     Psychiatric forms of Treatment

     Medical Model Treatment

How I Will Help You Let Go of Your Depression

What is Depression?   
 

The Medical Model's Reasons for Depression:

To effectively treat Depression you would think that one would have to know what causes it. The Medical Model admits that they are not sure what causes Depression but they pride themselves on being the forerunners of how to treat it. 
 

  • The biological approach believes that disorders have an organic or physical cause.

 

  • The model focuses more on genetics and the physical effects and symptoms of depression. 

  • The focus of this approach is on genetics, neurotransmitters, neurophysiology, neuroanatomy etc.

  • The approach argues that mental disorders are related to the physical structure and functioning of the brain.

 

  • According to the medical model, Depression is a medical illness that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest (and other symptoms – see Depression Information).

 

  • The medical model goes on to say that "Depression is a chronic illness that usually requires long-term treatment, like diabetes or high blood pressure. But, they say, "don't get discouraged". Most people with depression feel better with medication, psychological counseling (meaning conventional talk therapy) or other more extreme forms of treatment."


So, the medical model pretty much says, "Don't worry, you're going to have the "illness" for the rest of your life, but you can "manage" it with "medication, talk therapy, or other, more extreme forms of treatment" (see “other medical model forms of treatment" below).

 

Psychological Reasons for depression: 

Psychiatry believes that psychological problems can be caused by environmental, physical or psychological factors. 

Did you know that depression, for the most part, is anger turned inward towards yourself? If you are depressed l'll bet that you "beat yourself up" mentally, continually giving yourself negative self-talk, being self-critical, thinking negatively about yourself and your place in the world. Also, my guess would be that there may be some perfectionism and/or people pleasing involved, along with some anxiety.

If you are in therapy for depression and are finding ways to RELEASE these continual negatives thoughts and finding ways to bring in more positive thoughts, then your therapy is productive. If you are not finding ways to release these negative thoughts permanently, then you should probably move on to get therapy from someone who knows how to help you do just that.

 

Here’s how it works:

 

It all comes from an accumulation of our stress, distress and trauma we experienced during our younger years and how we learned how to cope with this information. Most of us, for one reason or another, learn how to repress this more traumatic material and continue to repress negative feelings in our lives until 
we can’t repress them anymore and these thoughts and feelings start affecting us in very physical ways, like Depression. And when I say “traumatic material”, I don’t define trauma as major accidents or occurrences. The day to day living in a stressful home situation can traumatize us slowly over time. (See Stress Causes Most Problems.)

Where Depression comes from: 

 

The Behavioral Process   
(according to the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy equation)

   Our thoughts/beliefs = our feelings = our behaviors

so,

 

Positive thoughts/belief = positive feelings = positive behaviors 

Negative thoughts/beliefs = negative feelings = negative behaviors  

Therefore, our thoughts/beliefs = our reality
  

and

All of our negative thoughts/beliefs come from 

some kind of Stress, Distress or Trauma in our lives,

mostly from our early Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)


So, the way to Let Go of Your Depression is to RELEASE the negative, stressful and/or traumatic events that are "stuck" in your psyche so that you will be able to have more positive thoughts and feelings which will end up in more positive experiences (i.e., feeling lighter, happier, more interested in life in general, etc.). The Therapeutic Methods I use help you to do just that. 

[Back to top]

Forms of Treatment for Depression   


The Traditional Treatments for Depression      


The Medical Model 
 

The Medical Model's definition of depression 


Medication  

The most common form of "Treatment" for Depression is medication. Doctors are dispensing them to people who  express having symptoms of depression. And, rightfully so if these people are suffering from their symptoms.

 

However, the problem lies in the thinking that this is the end of Treatment for Depression. Medication only relieves the symptoms, it does not at all get to and/or RELEASE the unresolved Psychological and Emotional issues that are the major factors in causing the Depression. More and more medical doctors are not referring their patients to Psychotherapy as was once common practice way back when. 

The best traditional treatment for depression has been a combination of antidepressant medication and therapy - traditionally Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). 

And, even though this combination is currently considered the best Treatment for Depression by the mainstream establishment, there is also a range of natural and other Alternative Therapeutic Methods that many people have found very useful in speeding up the Treatment for their Depression. Those alternative therapeutic methods are listed below. 


Psychological Treatment 

Role of Psychotherapy   

The generally accepted preferred treatment for depression is a combination of psychotherapy and antidepressant medication. While in the above discussion, the focus has been on issues relating to antidepressant medication, psychotherapy plays an important role in treating depression.

 

Be assured, you are not doomed
to a lifetime of being Depressed or 
a lifetime of managing your Depression!


The good news is: you can Let Go of Your Depression!  


Brainspotting

Will Help You

Let Go of Your Depression!

I will help you: 


- have confidence in your ability to express your thoughts, beliefs and feelings w/o apology

- learn how to no longer second-guess yourself

- develop healthy boundaries

- accept yourself instead of being so self-critical

- learn how to nurture yourself so you don’t have to get others to “fill you up”

- be able to make healthy decisions in your own best interest

- learn to relax and feel safer and more secure

- develop realistic goals and expectations of yourself 

- develop flexibility and authenticity

- demonstrate multiple improvements in your performance on the job and at home

- increase your communication skills 

- live a more balanced and happy life

It stands to reason that the more of your Depression you Let Go of

the more Relaxed, Happy, Confident, and Peaceful you will become.

CALL ME!

I WILL HELP

YOU LET GO

of

 YOUR DEPRESSION!

(914) 391-4350

Brainspotting  

Will Get You There!

Brainspotting Specialist

                                                             

Dave Dodge, L.C.S.W., C.B.S.P.

 

Skype Sessions are available

 

  (914) 391-4350       Mt. Kisco, N.Y.     dave@acceleratedhealingsolutions.com 

Also check out: