Psychotherapy can help a person with depression to gain perspective and regain hope. It can overcome the feelings of hopelessness that accompany both anxiety and depression. Those feelings of hopelessness are accentuated in Nexus with Logan Andrews, who is unable to cope with demands of work and life. Since the book is dealing with a serious topic, it is not light reading. Yet, when the book is read as a whole it is highly rewarding and insightful. Nexus is an experiential journey, so that through the challenges of the main character and other people in the book, we gain wisdom.
With anxiety and depression being an important challenge for Logan, we are sharing information that will help individuals struggling with it in their own lives. I also had a period of depression in my own life and found helpful strategies to regain hope. In my practice as a hypnotherapist, I was able to share these insights in helping clients and often worked in conjunction with Deborah Morrison, who is a trained psychotherapist.
An attitude of self-help is necessary to regain hope along with openness to seek professional help. So how can psychotherapy help with depression?
Supportive counselling can uncover and address underlying feelings of hopelessness that reinforce depression. A caring psychotherapist can also uncover mental distortions that create pessimistic thoughts, unrealistic expectations and critical self-evaluations. Cognitive therapy is type of psychotherapy, which replaces distorted thinking of someone suffering from depression or anxiety disorders with more accurate perceptions.
Cognitive therapy can allow you to understand your self-evaluation and in depression this self-evaluation tends to be highly critical of the self due to unrealistic expectations. When something goes wrong, a depressed person will blame themselves with an inner dialogue along these lines: “I messed up. I can’t do anything right.” The lack of success becomes magnified, instead of the recognition that this is an isolated incidence and that the self can remain intact outside of it.
In depression a person will often see the world through dark-tinted glasses, which creates pessimistic, negative views. Unless these views are uncovered and changed, an individual can remain stuck. The outside perspective of a caring psychotherapist can help in regaining optimism and hope.
Self-talk is part of our thinking but when it becomes negative, it can immobilize us because the fear of failure keeps us from acting on possible solutions. Here is an example of negative self-talk: “Why should I even try? I’m just going to fail anyway.” Or, “I can’t do this. I’m just not motivated.” A psychotherapist can assist in changing this negative inner dialogue and in turn restore self-confidence and a willingness to try.
Cognitive distortions can cloud perceptions, judgments and assumptions of a depressed individual. They include distorted ideas and false assumptions, which need to be checked in order to restore mental health. Overgeneralization is one of the common cognitive distortions that a person can experience during anxiety or depression. A caring psychotherapist can help a person to take inventory of these distortions and then teach us how to change the way we perceive situations in life.
Depression can interfere with our ability to function effectively throughout the day. It affects the mind, body and the spirit. So an multi-faceted approach works best to overcome debilitating aspects of depression. Hope creates dreams, motivations and optimism in our life and prolonged depression can robs us of hope. Through actively seeking help, we in time overcome depression and regain hope.