Overcoming depression*

Depression – The Mindset Clinic in Watford, Hertfordshire helps people to overcome low mood and negative thinking.*

Signs of Depression

Depression: Many people with depression tell us that they have sleeping difficulties, they find it hard to switch their minds off and relax. They also tell us that they don’t feel rested when they do get to sleep and can wake up feeling even more tired. Its as if sleep is actually draining them rather than refreshing them.  Frequently people with depression also say that they dream a lot. For some people the dreams are vivid whilst others find their dreams hard to recall. Many people find that life has stopped being fun and they have lost enjoyment in things that once gave them pleasure. When someone is depressed doing the smallest of things can feel like a massive effort.

People with depression tell us they become easily upset and are quick to get angry over what might, to others, seem minor incidents. They tend to catastrophize situations believing them to be far worse than they actually are. People who have a depressive thinking style see the world as black and white. It is also common to hear that they find it very hard to switch off and relax, and that their minds tend to go over and over re-processing thoughts without finding resolution.

If this sounds like the sort of thing you are experiencing the good news is that you are not alone.  Mixed anxiety and depression is the most common mental health problem in Britain. (Nice Guidelines 2011)

How we treat depression

The Mindset Clinic could help you free yourself from low moods and negative thought patterns. We can teach you to re-train your brain to process information more effectively. This in turn should help you sleep better and wake refreshed from sleep.*

According to behavioural theory, dysfunctional or unhelpful behaviour such as depression is learned. Because depression is learned, behavioural psychologists suggest that it can also be unlearned. More recently, research has shown that internal events such as expectations, perceptions, attitudes, values, personal evaluations of self and others, fears, desires, etc. do affect behaviour, and are important to take into account as part of a therapeutic approach.  At The Mindset Clinic we take the approach that clients should not define themselves by their thinking style. Instead we encourage them to say “I do depression”. It is a behaviour rather than something you are. Behaviours can be changed.

Depression myths busted

There are many myths about depression;- how to treat it, what causes it and what it is. So let’s put a few things straight:-

  • Is depression a disease?

No, depression has biological effects, but studies now show that less than 10% of depression is biologically caused.

  • Does depression runs in families?

There is some evidence that some depression has a genetic basis. Manic depression, or bipolar disorder, in particular. However, we know that most depression is learned, not genetic. (Yapko, M. D. (1997) Breaking the Patterns of Depression. Doubleday). There is no depression gene. Just because your mum or dad were caught in a cycle of negative thinking patterns it doesn’t mean that you are destined to follow the same path.   However, you can be influenced by people around you who do depression, particularly if they play a significant role in your life.

  • Is depression caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain?

Despite what we have been told for many years. Low serotonin levels do not cause depression. They are a symptom. A study by Donald Kuhn and colleagues at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center and Wayne State University School of Medicine proved serotonin is not a major factor in depression. This study is published in the journal ACS Chemical Neuroscience. “Regarding depression as “just” a chemical imbalance wildly misconstrues the disorder.” – Psychology Today, March 1999

  • Are antidepressants the best or only treatment for depression?

Whilst many people benefit from the use of anti-depressants for others the side effects can be worse than the depression. Some antidepressants actually cause suicidal thoughts and increase anxiety levels. So it is important to speak to your GP about the best treatment for you. The evidence of a huge meta study conducted in 1995 suggests that the psychological interventions, particularly cognitive behavioral therapy, are at least as effective as medication in the treatment of depression.

  • Is traditional psycho-dynamic counselling the best type of therapy for depression?

No, recent research has shown that certain talking therapies that get a client to go over and over their depression can make it worse. Cognitive and solutions focused approaches have shown to be a more effective approach.

What Causes Depression?

It is thought that only 10% of depression has a medical cause. Research indicates that depression is caused by excessive negative introspection and worry.

People who do depression can get locked into a downward spiral of negative thoughts. They may have experienced harrowing or unpleasant life events such as illness, loss, financial issues, bullying, or abuse. But it is not so much a case of what happened but how a person deals with the situation that causes depressive thoughts. If the part of the brain that processes information continually goes over and over events it prevents the memory of the event from moving into the part of the brain that processes and acknowledges it as a past event. Their brain offers it up again for them to find resolution but if they can’t find it the cycle repeats. This is why people who do depression often find that they can’t sleep, they experience night time waking, night terrors or bad dreams.


What do you get out of doing depression?

For some people there can be a very good reason why they continue to do depression. Here are some of the common reasons we hear from our clients:-

  • Some people feel that they don’t deserve to be happy, they believe they are not worthy in some way. They may have no conscious recognition of this but unconsciously it has driven their behaviour and their thinking.
  • For others they recognise that they have used their depression as an excuse not to take part in life. They are afraid of failure and they are so self-critical in their thinking that they fail to see their destructive thoughts are destroying their chances of achieving.
  • For some people “being depressed” is a frustration about their own sense of status. Perhaps they have not been as successful as they would have liked and so they feel like they don’t deserve to do well. They inadvertently punish themselves by their purgatory thoughts.

The Mindset Clinic teaches how to be kinder to yourself so that you generate more helpful thinking.*

The Mindset Clinic’s treatment for depression*

At The Mindset Clinic we have an understanding of what we believe causes depression based on empirical research.We understand what you may need to do in order to start freeing your thoughts. Once you have learnt how to process your thoughts differently you will be able to see, feel and hear the world differently. And with the increased sleep you may look and feel better too.  We use a variety of different techniques to help alleviate depression. Not all approaches work for everyone so we take a client centric approach.*

What do you want out of life?

We take a Cognitive and Solutions Focused Approach which gets our clients looking at what they want out of life rather than what they don’t want. We use hypnotherapy and NLP to re-programme our client’s thinking so that they can create more empowering thoughts and beliefs that in turn shift their perspective and in turn change their actions and emotions.*

Stop generating negative thought patterns

We teach our clients how to stop their minds from generating negative thought patterns, we neutralise the triggers that cause a person to behave in a depressive way and we show them how to retrain their brains to create more positive beliefs systems that changes the way they view the world and how they can experience life. This enables the brain to complete the memory processing cycle. We do this rapidly in just a few sessions.*

Better Sleep

Many of our clients report they start to sleep better and this is because the part of the brain that processes information has been able to do this whilst they are awake instead of at night. They have less dreams and they awake feeling like they have more energy because they have been able to enter the restorative part of the sleep cycle. Find out more about Sleep hypnosis to aid restful sleep here.*

If you would like to stop doing depression and start living a life more like the one you imagined you should live then please contact The Mindset Clinic today.

Our belief is that everyone deserves to live a happy life. Our aim is to work with people to teach them how to combat low moods and negative thinking so that they can learn ways to enjoy their life again.*

The Mindset Clinic provides professional therapy and coaching services to the people of Watford, Bushey, Rickmansworth, Chorleywood, Croxley Green, Ruislip, Northwood Stanmore, Radlett, St Albans, Elstree, Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted and Tring.

If you would like to find out more please email rebecca@themindsetclinic.co.uk or call 07803 603 882.


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