214. A Combination of Things

Barbara Altman, an author and presenter on the themes of depression, anxiety, and psychosis, started a discussion on What is the best way to help someone with depression and anxiety?  Here is a response from Carole Zirlin, a psychologist from Israel.

I would say that it is a combination of things and not one thing in particular. Firstly, I would want to know the severity of both conditions and more about the individual in order to tailor help appropriately. Generally I would choose the following: nutrition, cutting out sugar which is lethal for both. I would put in place an exercise regime and of course a course of CBT which is very empowering and helps the patient to regain control over negative thinking, emotions and behaviour. The point being that with depression and anxiety disorders there appears to be a complete loss of control over the above. Putting in place a healthy regime where the body and mind can gradually control and dissipate symptoms by self-action is very empowering. This is some of what I do in my practice and depending on the causes and symptoms, I see how patients slowly start to take back control of their lives.

The next blog will be another response – a wonderful definition of CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)

About Patrick Day

triumphoverdepression.org This blog is my ministry to support those who are depressed, in gratefulness for my having overcome major depression. Read "About Patrick Day" just to the right of "home" on the top of the blog site to find out more particulars about me. I retired from a career in higher education, where I served as Dean of Instruction, and promptly moved into a life of purposelessness and despair for five years, finally coming out on the other side. I am now an author, a business and life coach, a writer of this blog, and a volunteer for various organizations. What I write about in this blog is not hypothetical comments on depression. I have been there, felt the horrible pain, had my life disrupted, and experienced everything that I write about. I pray that I may be a blessing to you.
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