Break the Cycle of Depression 2017-06-21T23:39:28+00:00

Break the Cycle of Depression

No one is immune from depression, but some people have more of a tendency to sink into depression than others. People who are depressed tend to worry and ruminate constantly. They dwell on anxious, angry or guilty thoughts that make them miserable and keep them emotionally aroused.

Cycle of Depression: After a setback, someone who reacts with too much emotion, and with an essentially pessimistic outlook, begins to catastrophise. This leads to black and white thinking – and generates more emotion by turning on the fight or flight response, which makes us angry (fight) or anxious (flight). There is too much worry and unexpressed emotion released during the day.


The brain cannot discharge it during its dream sleep. It either wakes up early to avoid exhaustion or attempts to stay asleep for an excessive period. Either way…. the person wakes up exhausted. There is therefore an increased likelihood that there will be too much emotion again…… and so the cycle continues.

Symptoms of Depression: The brain becomes exhausted by all this emotional arousal and a combination of symptoms can emerge such as feelings of guilt and hopelessness, disturbances in sleeping and eating, lethargy, low mood, difficulty in thinking and concentrating as well as physical aches and pains. This may lead to panic attacks, fears, phobias, stress, addictions, obsessive compulsive disorder, low self-esteem and lack of confidence.

Depression is a common illness, which affects many people in their lifetime. There is no need to fear it as using Human Givens Therapy even chronic depression can be lifted quickly, and the meaning, purpose, joy and happiness returned to life. Therapy focuses on current problems and is aimed at symptom resolution and includes calming techniques to enable the client to get back a sense of perspective. It consists of a blend of cognitive, behavioural and interpersonal approaches that are proven to be effective.