part of your therapy is likely to be heart-wrenching
and confusing. It really can be a 'DEPRESSION
Strength, Balance & Clarity
the early years of suffering from CFS, I
Editor) was lucky enough to have psychotherapy.
oh! The things I learnt about myself were
gave me the strength, balance, clarity
and the positivity I have
today. And it has made my suffering from
CFS/M.E. that much more bearable.
it was not without a lot of hard
work on my part...
came out of the first half of my sessions
in tears and managed to
sob straight through them!
at the same time, they were eye-opening...
What It's Like...
like reading a book about yourself…
in-depth book where you are the
narrator and the therapist is your guide.
time you open up a new chapter of
'your book', you’ll probably
feel confused and wounded
but at the same time, you’ll also
learn something more about yourself.
you'll be more aware of how you have learned
to handle things in order to cope.
The Importance Of Your Coping
we all have coping strategies.
We learnt them from our experiences since
we were wee babies.
all cope with things in different ways –
but some coping strategies are better
than others. And that is what psychotherapy
helps you to figure out.
will help you to understand why
you have chosen to cope with things in the
way that you have and help you
to learn to cope with things in a more positive
more you explore your past, the more you
learn why you do the things you do –
react to things in the way that you do,
and so forth.
(hopefully) leads you to your eventual
understanding and acceptance (hard
but true) of what has happened in the past.
once you have learnt to accept,
you can learn how to move forward with your
the second half of your psychotherapy can
help you learn to see things differently
– to see things positively, and to
Are Involved In the Process!
hard work. You don’t just
talk about your problems and then sit back
and wait for a miracle.
have to really focus on your thoughts and
your emotions… you have to treat
yourself as homework!
for me, it was the most exhilarating and
probably the most crucial thing I have ever
done in my life.
only did I 'win' the DEPRESSION FIGHT but
under-going therapy has certainly helped
me to deal positively with having CFS/ME
it may not be for everyone, but...
really recommend you try it.
my final words about 'talking' therapies?
'talking therapy' sessions to combat your
DEPRESSION FIGHT can be an enlightening
experience that can really strengthen you.
most definitely is nothing to be
ashamed of. Quite the opposite!
that you have things to work through is
most definitely a sign of strength.
also one of the first major steps
in your DEPRESSION FIGHT.
far easier to ignore it and brush it under
the carpet - but that often means that the
issues that really trouble you will never
really go away. At least not until you address
will find the right psychotherapist
for you - maybe not on
the first, second, fifth - even tenth
try - but they are out there!
for most people (including myself),
one of the first difficult steps in their
DEPRESSION FIGHT is trying to actually
find the right therapist!
people assume that the first therapist they
come across will be just fine.
that's why so many people give
up after they find they don't 'click' with
is different. Different strokes for different
give up - just keep looking for the
right therapist for you.
You'll know when you find a therapist you
use the fact that you haven't yet found
a therapist that's right for you, as an
excuse for giving up on 'talking therapies'.
therapist is out there!
Treat Yourself As Homework
not called a 'DEPRESSION FIGHT' for nothing!
are working - yes working -
times require a lot of 'reflection' on your
part. About your past, about your present,
doing so - in muddling through, you will
learn things about yourself that will make
you a more peaceful, positive, balanced
and strong person.
As Hard As You Can To
And Fill Your Heart
yourself with positive thinking in your
DEPRESSION FIGHT. Be open to the possibility
that you can learn a
more positive way of thinking and...
how music therapy can in your DEPRESSION
to looking at how you cope with things in
your DEPRESSION FIGHT