WHAT IS DEPRESSION

AND HOW TO RELEASE IT

For information about what Depression is, the Symptoms of Depression,

the Causes of Depression, Types of Depression, and some Effective Ways to Manage your Depression, please go to the Depression Information webpage. If you're looking to see how Depressed you are, you can take the Depression Test here

What is 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 Medical Model's explanation for Depression:

This model focuses more on genetics and the physical effects and symptoms of depression. 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 says pretty much, "Don't worry, you're going to have the "illness" pretty much 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 Reasoning for depression: 

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 anxiety of some sort.

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.

Most people probably feel like if they have depression then they will have it for life because the prevalent belief, thanks to the Medical Model, is that depression is caused by our faulty genes and if we have the gene for depression, we have to suffer with it for life and are only able to manage it with medication and talk therapy.

Most people probably feel like if they have depression then they will have it for life because the prevalent belief, thanks to the Medical Model, is that depression is caused by our faulty genes and if we have the gene for depression, we have to suffer with it for life and are only able to manage it with medication and talk therapy.

Most people probably feel like if they have depression then they will have it for life because the prevalent belief, thanks to the Medical Model, is that depression is caused by our faulty genes and if we have the gene for depression, we have to suffer with it for life and are only able to manage it with medication and talk therapy.

Most people probably feel like if they have depression then they will have it for life because the prevalent belief, thanks to the Medical Model, is that depression is caused by our faulty genes and if we have the gene for depression, we have to suffer with it for life and are only able to manage it with medication and talk therapy.

Most people probably feel like if they have depression then they will have it for life because the prevalent belief, thanks to the Medical Model, is that depression is caused by our faulty genes and if we have the gene for depression, we have to suffer with it for life and are only able to manage it with medication and talk therapy.

Dave Dodge, L.C.S.W., C.I.R.T.

Individual & Couples Therapy

Anxiety & Trauma Specialist
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Dave Dodge, L.C.S.W.
Mt. Kisco, N.Y.
(914) 242-3484
391-4350
Skype and telephone sessions are also available
Skype name - dave.dodge11

I am a therapist with over 40 years of experience working with people to help them resolve the issues that are creating problems in their life. I am Certified and trained in a number of alternative therapies that are quicker, easier and much more effective than talk therapy in releasing one's issues.

Please also visit my other website for more information on how I can help you.