Depression is becoming widely accepted as a valid illness and while many people are still reluctant to speak of the depression they may be experiencing, they generally find that once they do it is a relief. In fact, what they find is that most people they speak to have either experienced depression in some form themselves or have someone they know that has had a similar experience.
Speaking of depression and realising that most people are supportive, although perhaps don’t always understand, can play a large role in helping the recovery from this illness. It is wonderful that we are starting to be more aware and accepting of this illness.
However, one of the things that we as a society rarely address or speak openly of is low self-esteem that seems to affect so many people. I always see low self-esteem as an issue when a client presents with depression. If the depression is event based and generally mild and short term, this isn’t always a part of it. However, in any form of moderate to severe depression, I have yet to work with anyone with depression who has a healthy view of themselves. [Read more…]