Are you feeling that familiar feeling? Is someone whispering into your ear again, negative thought after negative thought? Whether it is seasonal depression or an old depression revisiting you, it can be a frustrating experience and very hard to handle. Here are the reasons why you may be falling back into depression and what to do.
There are usually two reasons for a person to return into a depressive state of mind.
One) The underlying cause for the first depression has not been resolved and the brain has grown tired of subconsciously working on it whilst keeping up the appearance of happiness.
Two) A new cause for depression arises. This may be linked to the original depression (similar themes such as family issues) or may be unrelated.
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Cross Culture Therapy offers 1-on-1 online therapy sessions to people suffering from depression, phobia, anxiety as well as to people who suffer from displacement issues associated with a globally nomadic lifestyle (i.e.Third Culture Kids – people who have grown up in a culture different to their parent’s passport culture – and Cross Culture Kids) Our sessions are conducted via Skype for a duration of 50-minutes and can be purchased in packs of 1-session, 3-sessions or 5-sessions. If you are interested in purchasing a session, click on the Book A Session tab on our menu or click here.
The first thing to do is to reflect honestly about what is causing your apathy and feelings of low self worth and work towards solving the issue whether it is something practical you have to do, a decision you have to make, or a past that you have to accept. Usually, reflecting with a therapist works best.
The second thing you have to do is to work on negative thought patterns. If you haven’t already, read my earlier article on System 1 and System 2 thinking. When you are in a negative thought pattern, you tend to use the System 1 brain which takes a lot less energy. This is because your energy economy is low during a depression and your brain is trying to work as efficiently as possible. This however, tends to lead to superficial thoughts where the brain makes a snap judgement that everything that is happening around you is negative in relation to you.
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Philip Andersson is a life-coach who is currently studying to become a psychotherapist. He treats people suffering from depression, phobias and anxiety. Having been raised in Hong Kong and having lived in England and Japan as an adult, Philip also treats people who are overcome with feelings of displacement and rudderlessness associated with a global-nomad lifestyle such as Third Culture Kids, Cross Culture Kids, Migrants and Asylum Seekers.