Depression

Posted on 08/06/2016 by summerville No Comments

depressionAnnabelle was a 40-year-old, happily married woman who had been a high achiever throughout her life. However, she noticed she was being overloaded by work. This was unusual as Annabelle had always coped so it created a high level of anxiety for her.

She was unable to do the things she could normally do. Her usual activities were a struggle, such as:

  • getting up in the morning
  •  going to work
  • exercising
  • preparing meals
  • getting to sleep became difficult
  • she thought negatively about most situations in her life
  • she thought other people were against her.

Annabelle’s doctor suggested that she may be depressed, hence a referral to me for counselling.

Gradually through counselling, she was able to recognise how her life was out of balance.

Slowly she made changes by:

  • reclaiming ‘me’ time
  • ensuring she had a healthy diet
  • going for runs
  • spending more time with friends and family
  • insisting on breaks such as holidays away from home and work

She also learnt strategies that involved changing thought patterns. Annabelle realised in the process how thoughts, feelings and actions were linked. How changing one tended to change the other. This is called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

Annabelle became more aware of her tendency to be a high achiever often resulting in driving herself too hard. This awareness helped her know that her life was getting out of balance again.  This meant she improved at finding opportunities to bring back balance to her everyday activities.

If this sounds like you please call me on 027 488 9236 or email me on liz@summerville.co.nz. I am located in Birkenhead, North Shore, Auckland.

 

 

 

 

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