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)