Yesterday (6 January) was statistically the most depressing day of the year, not bad for just 6 days into the year!
Interestingly, the Telegraph published an article on 5 Jan 2014 describing a recent report from two experts that suggested depression drugs were being prescribed to patients who were not depressed but sad. They further suggested that the issue included over diagnosis and the use of long term prescriptions. Their recommendations included stopping pharma companies marketing their anti-depressants direct to physicians and a tightening up of criteria for ascertaining depression as opposed to mild depression, anxiety or sadness, for which anti-depressants have no real benefit but potentially harmful side effects.
The National Institute for Care Excellence currently suggests that for the management of depression in adults, psychological interventions or physical activity should be used as the “first-line” treatment approach for mild depression.
Among psychological interventions, in addition to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), I would offer Hypnotherapy and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), depending on the cause and severity of the episode. A no-obligation chat with a therapist just to explore the opportunities is a good first step.
By Mike Rogers, Clinical Hypnotherapist