In today’s world, people are suffering increasingly with anxiety or depression. Voluntary organisation Aware estimated in 2015 that one in 10 people in Ireland suffer from depression at any one time. Thousands more people suffer from anxiety, the most common mental health issue alongside depression. It’s estimated that one in 9 people in Ireland will experience an anxiety disorder during their lifetime.
For many people with depression or anxiety, they suffer alone, preferring not to seek help or treatment. For some, the slow-to-change stigma of mental health issues might stop them asking for help. For others, fear of dependency on prescription anti-depressant or anti-anxiety drugs hinders help.
The use of mood altering prescription drugs is high in Ireland, with some areas such as Limerick prescribing up to ten per cent of the county’s population. Prescription drugs however are not the only way to cope with depression and anxiety.
Integrating CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) with a range of therapeutic practices has been proven to reduce levels of mild to moderate depression. CBT is a talk therapy based on the theory that all thoughts, feelings, actions and physical symptoms are connected. By changing one aspect, we can alter others. With the help of a trained counsellor psychotherapist you will notice positive changes in your behavioural and thought processes.
Simple changes to one’s diet and lifestyle can also help suffers cope without meds:
- Reducing or avoiding caffeine
- Avoiding alcohol or recreational drugs
- Taking regular exercise
- Eating a healthy, balanced diet
- Learning or practising mindfulness
- Avoiding/Reducing time around negative people/environments
Don’t be afraid to get help if you feel can’t cope. There’s no shame in getting support and you are not alone in suffering from depression or anxiety.
As a qualified counsellor, I use an ‘integrative pot’ of therapy to help you cope without meds. I tailor our sessions to your need. Your therapy may include CBT as well as other therapies such as EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), Gestalt Therapy or Person Centred Therapy. I may also include creative approaches including Drama, Art and Music Therapy or Somatic Therapy.
If you’d like to explore coping without meds, please get in touch with me.