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Depression

Depression is a common psychological symptom amongst all ages in Australian society.

  • Do you feel dragged down, empty, without much hope?
  • Is there little meaning in your life and you feel stuck?
  • Do you want out, had enough, can’t be bothered?
If so, you are almost certainly depressed.

What is depression?

It is more than just sadness, which is an acute experience when compared to depression. People experience their sadness and grief about something and are then able to move on with their life. However, depression is much more deep seated and lingers. It is not about the current moment but is a gradual build up of experiences overtime, which now overwhelm the individual and can seem impossible to overcome.
Depression is a debilitating condition that ruins a persons ability to live their life happily.

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They include:

    • loss of meaning in life
    • loss of hope about the future
    • the breakdown of relationships
    • poor work performance
    • less mobility and weight gain
    • brooding over things from the past
    • lack of emotion and feeling
    • drinking more alcohol or drug use

Any of these symptoms can be signs of depression. They can stem right back to childhood and now impact on a person’s life. These experiences include feeling unwanted, undeserving, unloved as a child. They can include being sexually abused and physically assaulted as a child. They can be centred around being abandoned, shamed, smothered or demanded too much of.

All of these experiences ‘get held in the body’. There is no where else for them to go. They are stored until there is an opportunity to express the emotional content which they contain. Often this is not until well into adulthood when a person cannot continue in their present state. For some people this never happens. Sadly, depression can lead to suicide. Sadly, some people never break free from the shackles and live a depressed and tortured life. But it can be different. Change is possible.


What can we do?

P eople who are depressed need professional help. A psychologist or therapist who understands their situation and has a deep compassion and knowledge of how to mobilize the person back into life. Someone who can guide and enable the depressed person to go back to the causes of this deep seated malaise, so that they can change the debilitating relationship they have with those events. At this point a person becomes free to move forward again in their life.

Screen Shot 2013-11-15 at 10.16.15 PMThe therapist must know how to mobilize life in the person’s body. Depression cannot be cured ‘in the head’. The stored emotional content must be released and the body set free. This allows the natural states of joy and contentment to re-emerge, for the movement towards fulfilment and healthy happy relationships to return.

If you think you are depressed and would like to speak to Greig. Email or call Greig on 0412 099 382. Medicare rebates apply.