Depression is the “cancer of mental health”. Ever increasing numbers of sufferers are forcing the medical profession to look at new forms of treatment but the problem is likely to get much worse before it gets any better. Stressful lifestyles, job pressure, the breakdown of family values and the rise of fast-food eating all have brought their influences to bear. As I read blog posts (and I read many), I have the strong feeling that mental health systems are at breaking point, leaving therapists overworked, bogged down in paperwork and having little time to care for clients in the way they want. On the positive side, there are also many people out there who have come through this hell to lead lives of public service, devotion and happiness. Often it is the work of dedicated therapists who have triggered this but more than that, the sufferers showed determination to do what was needed to recover.
As a therapist, I can relate to depression. I was brought up in a family where mental health issues and abuse were daily occurrences. This is what ultimately drove me with a passion to become a psychologist and help other people. By doing this, I helped myself. For I am one of those lucky people who have come through and I now stand on the other side. It was a long, hard and very painful journey and as I approach 50 at the end of March, I can say I am in a good place in my life. I could not say this about my 20,’s or 30′s.
About a year ago, I decided to think about a project where depression sufferers could tell their story and at the same time, give hope to others. I decided to write a book. A well-worn cliché, I know. Every second person wants to be a writer but I felt and still feel that the project can make a difference. Below is my pitch to you for your story. Your own painful journey and the steps you have taken and are taking to lead a fruitful life. Like me, I hope you can find “The Other Side”
As you can imagine, my book is a long-term project. I am gathering information from volunteers in order to write a journal of personal stories from sufferers and their journey through life with and without depression The basis of the book will be the destruction of peoples’ lives through depression. I would greatly appreciate your participation. The kind of information that would be useful is as follows :
I would need some factual information about:
You and a little about your life to date, your job,your family circumstances, your take on your relationship with your parents
Then the flesh on the bones would be saying something about how depression has affected you. Maybe you could give me some idea of how depression has affected your life and the lives of the people around you, what restrictions it has placed on you and how it has changed the view of the world that you hold. Maybe you could say something about what treatments you have tried and what ultimately got you out of depression (if you are). If you would like to go a stage further, please fill in the depression survey on my website and mail it to me.
Depression Survey : http://www.therapy-for-leaders.com/depression-facts-and-figures/
Of course, when the book eventually comes out, all names and locations will be changed for confidentiality reasons.
Thanking you in anticipation.
Dr. Nicholas Jenner is a Counseling psychologist in private practice working with individuals, couples, groups and companies. Apart from seeing clients face-to-face, Dr Jenner also runs a thriving online therapy business bringing help to those who are housebound or located in rural locations where therapy is difficult to find.
Online Therapy details : http://www.therapy-for-leaders.com/buy-online-therapy/