When I help people to stop depression, an important part of the work is reinforcing the tools that worked for them to boost their mood levels and free themselves of depression. Together we develop a relapse prevention blueprint. It has been well documented that some people are more prone to recurrent bouts of depression and a recent study in the British Medical Journal shows that a part of CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) called mindfulness is just as effective as continuing medication in preventing further bouts of depression. I had the honour of being taught by Zindel Segal who presents the video below, together with Mark Williams who are considered to be the founders of mindfulness CBT. Have a look at their website to read about mindfulness. There are some exercises on there to do and also a download you can use; http://mbct.co.uk/. The other resource for practising mindfulness is https://www.headspace.com/ which you can get as an application so is useful to load onto your phone. The video is a bit long but essentially talks about using mindfulness to prevent relapse and that the trigger for further bouts of depression is sadness. Sadness is ‘normal’ we all experience sadness in our daily lives, but people who have suffered depression, panic that this ‘normal’ sadness is the start of the depression returning. Mindfulness brings our attention into the here and now without judgement, and helps us to sit with the ‘normal’ sadness rather than triggering the memory of depression or to try and avoid it in our minds.
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It’s great to have a leading psychotherapist such as Wendy in the Cheshire area, outside of her Harley Street practice. After publicly raising awareness of mental health issues and myself recovering from depression, I know how immensely life-changing expert intervention can be.
Retired ex-professional football who played for Bury, Wigan, Stoke, Preston, Norwich, Leicester and Brighton during a 14 year career. After leaving professional football, Jason battled depression and recovered with the help of therapy and family support.