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Depression and the constant search for happiness!

Apologies for the delay in posting. The last two weeks have been very busy for us here at Cross Culture Therapy but from now on we aim to post at least 1-2 articles a week, so remember to stay updated on what’s new on our website by subscribing. For this week’s depression related article, I thought I would focus on the seemingly endless struggle for happiness.

If there is one thing that I think all of us can take solace in, it is the fact that we are all looking for happiness and fulfilment in our lives, whether it is in the relationships we have with other people, our careers, or extra curricular activities. No matter who you meet on any given day, you can rest assured that he or she is trying to fulfil themselves in some way. The unfortunate aspect of this however is that some of us search for self-fulfilment in the wrong places. There are some that take drugs, others are criminals, some gamble and so on. When we look upon these people as persons who are searching for self-fulfilment, instead of criminals, we are able to make a connection between us and them. These people may have failed in a different pursuit of happiness and taken to drugs as a replacement.

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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.

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This is where I personally think that the relationship between happiness and depression begins. Since adolescence we are in pursuit of happiness, and over the years we find different ways in which we can try to fulfil it. For every time we fail at attaining happiness, there is a risk that we slump into a depression. This depression may be very short-lived and for all we know we may soon be back on the saddle chasing after the next thing that will fulfil us. When I apply this way of thinking to people I know very little about, or to people who’s actions I don’t quite understand, I find myself feeling warm inside. When I think this way, I see the humanity in everyone. Everyone just wants to be happy, but a lot of us simply don’t know how to be it. We need, however, to become more aware of this cycle and how the pursuit of happiness can lead to depression. This is not to say that we should not go for what we feel is right, but rather that we should be aware of how we will be affected when it goes badly and be ready for it. The voyage of life is one with many waves and perhaps no destination, let’s stop looking towards the horizon and focus on the motion of beneath our feet.

Philip Andersson

Life Coach

Cross Culture Therapy


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Philip Andersson – Life Coach

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.

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