You can’t just cheer up people who have depression | Lucy Cavendish

The NHS is planning to offer patients art, music and gardening classes rather than antidepressants. Nice idea, but it won’t work

Imagine this scenario: a client walks into my therapy room. They are are listless and don’t engage in eye contact. They move slowly and seem heavy, even though they may be physically slight. Their shoulders are hunched and look exhausted, unhealthy, disengaged. Eventually they shuffle across the floor, sink down on to the sofa, close their eyes and sigh.

As a psychotherapist I have seen depression many a time. It’s obvious when someone is suffering from it. It has permeated them to the core and they no longer recognise themselves, often saying, “What’s wrong with me? This doesn’t feel like me.”

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Category: Mental Health