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Useful Articles - Recovering from Depression

Depression and the Road to Recovery

The recovery approach to anxiety and depression emphasises opportunities for the return of a person's quality of life and positive identity. In this case, recovery does not mean that sufferers are free of symptom, but that they create the ability to live well in the presence or absence of their anxiety and/or depression. Recovery, therefore, is a liberating concept, that promotes optimistic attitudes and expectations and is focused on the person's ability to recovery. Peer support plays a substantial part of assisting people's recovery, and the ability to facilitate peer support is, therefore seen as an important element in recovery. As an anxiety and depression coach, I can become this all important peer support. My 30 year experience of clinical depression with periods of anxiety coupled with my knowledge and expertise at coaching makes me the ideal peer support.

The essential element of recovery with peer support is the building of respectful human relationships, with me, the coach, being interested in you, the person, seeing the past the diagnosis, taking you and your opinions seriously. Continuity of support is also an important prerequisite to a helpful and respectful relationship. The interactive coaching programme for anxiety and depression is designed to provide this ongoing, careful and considerate support. I believe that recovery is possible, I have done it, and I have a realistic understanding of the recovery process.

I want you to know that recovery can be a long drawn-out affair and that, at times, I may have to 'hold hope' for you when you have no such hope yourself. This is not unusual, I went through this stage many times and I relied on my peer support to keep my hopes alive for me. In addition, I have the motivation and belief in your recovery, even if this may seem a distant target or when you appear to have no desire to recover and not able to make changes. I will help you regain a sense of progress by gradually building up your ability to take responsibility, to cope with challenges, and explore new activities as you become more confident. Together we will acknowledge that seemingly even small steps can pose big challenges so we will set goals that are both realistic and achievable, so that you can gain confidence from fulfilling them, rather than being discouraged by potential failure.

I will help to support you in recovering your belief in yourself as a person, to overcome the stigma, trauma and loss of sense of self-worth that often accompanies anxiety and depression:

"The most important thing, when you have anxiety and depression, is to believe in yourself. You have to say 'I can do that'. You are a person. I am a person. You have the knowledge in yourself to believe in yourself. You are a person""

The recovery oriented process is about providing opportunities for you to recognise and use your abilities. The mere realisation that you have choices and can be in control of your own care will make a significant step in your recovery. I may need to initiate changes for you in the early stages of recovery, but my role is subsequently about providing information and choices, offering you guidance in decision making.

Enlisting the support of your loved ones during this process is very important, as they will know a great deal about you, your wishes, likes and dislikes, things that will not be known to others. However, cognisance should be taken of the fact that the carers themselves may need support from time to time as they are dealing with your anxiety and depression. I will be able to guide you to access relevant information pertinent to the different stages of your recovery. I will also provide information beyond your diagnosis and current treatment options, such as alternative views of anxiety and depression, including alternative therapies and, especially, self-help techniques.

Together, we shall also look past the medical model and challenge you to think holistically, about your environment, finding meaningful work, your physical health and the use of and participation in mainstream community activities. For many, regaining a sense of belonging and position in the community is both a pathway and aim of recovery. This may only be a stepping stone but it is progress, different people take different lengths of time but recovery is the goal ultimately.

There will be times when it is not possible for you to always feel positive, but this is normal and I and you need to accept this. Because of this there will be no forcing you to have a positive outlook all the time. If we were to be overly optimistic you would feel pressurised to recover and you may feel that you were not being understood and empathised with. We need to avoid tension between expressing a belief in recovery and taking your experiences seriously. Whilst our relationship is designed to be equal and decisions can be taken jointly, there may be times when you might want me to make suggestions or even decisions for you. This is okay so long as the challenges, choices and participation are negotiated between us and serve you well. You are, after all, a unique person, who have you own needs and preferences and no two journeys towards recovery are ever the same.

In summary, it is important that you and I see the recovery process and the tensions that may arise as an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of complex issues and that we keep learning from each other. Crucial to this is the ability of myself, the coach, to continue to collect experience from each client and that I constantly reflect on my relationships with clients, my tools and techniques and my practice in general.