21 Jan Depressing Day…What About You?
I’m talking about 21st January, so-called ‘Blue Monday’, and if you are an avid Tweeter, you might have noticed #bluemonday was trending top worldwide on that day – not bad for a concept started by a PR company back in 2005, backed by a completely meaningless equation.
Where W=weather, d=debt, T= time since Christmas=T, Q= time since failing our New Year’s resolutions, M=low motivational levels=M and Na=the feeling of a need to take action.
Whether you’re for or against the hype surrounding Blue Monday, ‘the most depressing day of the year’, the fact remains that, according to the Mental Health Foundation, mixed anxiety and depression is the most common psychiatric disorder in Britain. If you are currently taking antidepressants (or thinking of doing so), but have never engaged in therapy, then perhaps you might want to think about taking that courageous step in 2013. But be careful!
Antidepressant medication has its place in the short and temporary treatment of mood disorders, and once you are stable enough to work on the underlying issues, you need to look beyond the pills. After all, there are potential – and potent – side-effects and medication is only ever supposed to be part of a package of care. Most of my work is undoing the side-effects of medication to clear the way to attend to what got a person into the state in the first place.
Not many people read the little piece of paper in the medicine packet but if you do you might be shocked at how medication can impinge on your life and that the majority of prescriptions must be given with the patient having therapy as an adjunct.
I pride myself in stripping back the layers and getting to the guts of what’s going on for you. Whether the problem surrounds your family, your relationship or just something with you, it’s important you access appropriate, qualified and effective help – and Blue Monday may be the ideal time to start thinking about this..