Depression

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“Depression is a side effect of dying.” 
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

“When people don’t know exactly what depression is, they can be judgmental.” – Marion Cotillard

Depression is often described as feeling sad, down, depressed. Each of us feels this way from time to time. There are many events in our lives that are difficult to process, and it is normal to feel depressed when life gives you a heavy loss. Examples could include:

  • Loss of a loved one (such as a family member, friend, or pet)
  • The end of a relationship (divorce, breakup, etc.)
  • A traumatic event such as being involved in a car accident, or the victim of an attack

But sometimes the feeling of sadness doesn’t go away. What distinguishes feeling “sad” from clinical depression is when someone experiences some (or all) of the following for 2 or more weeks:

  • a daily depressed mood that lasts for most of the day, nearly every day, with noticeable signs of hopelessness and sadness
  • a loss of interest in normal activities for an extended amount of time
  • significant and unintentional weight loss or gain
  • insomnia, sleeplessness, or increased amounts of sleep that affect normal schedules
  • tiredness and low energy
  • feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt on a daily basis
  • inability to concentrate or make decisions
  • recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, or suicide attempts or plans

Treatment

If you’re experiencing sadness, some minor lifestyle changes may help. 

  • Connect with other people. Make a phone call, take a yoga class, or join a jogging club, knitting circle, or another group that interests you. 
  • Build in time each day for an activity you enjoy.
  • Watch funny television shows or movies, or read a lighthearted or funny book.
  • Engage in physical activities or sports.
  • If you love animals, spend time each day with a furry friend.
  • Do not self-medicate through the use of drugs or alcohol.
  • Treat yourself kindly by eating healthy and trying to get enough sleep.
  • If you have trouble sleeping, try meditating or taking a warm bath before bed. 
  • Simplify your life as best you can.

Lifestyle changes can also help you feel better if you’re experiencing depression. But these changes may not be enough. If you’re depressed, psychological counseling with a professional you trust can make a difference. At the Institute for Bodymind Integration we work with a body oriented approach in the treatment of depression.

Individual Therapy: The purpose of Individual Therapy is to re-engage the client in his / her life. Therapy helps the client identify thoughts, feelings, energy patterns, and behaviors that contribute to depression and then practice specific techniques to challenge and transform the depressed pattern and physiology.
Group Psychomotor Therapy: Psychomotor Therapists are trained to help people gain motivation to exercise and exercise counseling. Research has shown that psychomotor interventions are preferably offered in groups according to the individual possibilities, limitations, preferences and interests. Psychomotor therapists have unique expertise and scientific knowledge in the field of movement, body experience and mental and somatic health.
Family therapy (including couple / couple therapy) helps family members better understand the client’s depression, and teach the client the support and structure he / she needs to work through the depression
Group therapy: Group therapy serves to get the client into a room with others and away from isolation and complaining. The group helps the client to share his / her “automatic thoughts” that lead to depression, challenging them with feedback from the group. Since exercise is an important element in the treatment of depression, our psychomotor interventions are well suited.
Medical Evaluation: Medication can be useful in cases where depression has a more serious impact on the client’s functioning. Medication can help the client fight the “severity” of depression to practice more effective coping skills. Consult your doctor about this.

To contact us, or to make an Intake Evaluation, contact us via the contact form or call + 32-9-2284911

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