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Depression: "the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide".

Updated: Oct 5, 2021

The fact that Psychology Today reports depression "is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide" is a good reason to recognise it, and to address it.

Ignoring it can result in a depressed person focusing more and more on "danger, loss, and avoidance and withdrawal into a defensive posture".

And, as the article points out, those "who react to problems by avoidance and have strong critical thoughts about themselves and their negative feelings are likely to set off an inner battle that leaves them depleted, stressed, and vulnerable to ending up depressed."

In addition to acknowledging and working with the feelings that these challenges bring up, perhaps in a counselling relationship, recommendations include:

"...increasing activity (in order to decrease rumination), engaging in physical exercise, finding sources of social support, increasing sunlight exposure, and improving sleep hygiene".

These suggestions fit well with our holistic approach to mind, body and spirit.

Do get in touch if you would like to discuss issues relating to counselling and depression.


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