Tag: Depression

  Two Layers of Psychological Distress

When people seek therapy for a problem, often there are two layers to the issue they’re confronting. There is the psychological problem itself, such as anxiety or depression. But there is also the client’s emotional reaction to the issues they’re presenting with, often including guilt or shame. It is often the person’s non-accepting reaction to… Read more »

  Three Coping Alternatives for Problem Situations

Clinical psychologist Chris Mackey discusses three coping alternatives for dealing with ongoing distress associated with a difficult situation, such as problems in a job or relationship. The three basic coping alternatives are: change it, accept it, or leave. It is often best to first try to improve the situation. However, if serious problems persist despite… Read more »

  When Facing a Crisis – The Four Stages of Change

Clinical psychologist Chris Mackey discusses the four stages of change associated with going through a period of crisis. These stages are crisis, the dark night of the soul (depression), breakthrough and consolidation.

  Facing Core Fears

Clinical psychologist Chris Mackey discusses the three core fears that are often associated with anxiety and depression. These three core fears relate to a fear of failure, a fear of disapproval and a fear of discomfort.

  Perfect Storm

This article describes observations surrounding an increase in existential depression amongst bright, creative and resourceful young men in their early years of adulthood.

  A Calming Voice

As a psychologist, when you hear your clients’ deeply personal stories over many years, you learn that often their most profound experiences often have a numinous or sacred quality. This article explores the role of numinous or sacred experiences in someone’s recovery from mental health problems.

  Positive Power

Some of the most important messages about mental health are simple optimistic messages. This article explores the role of the media in perpetuating a positive environment for our community, as well as how a pessimistic outlook has been perpetuated by pharmaceutical companies in order to gain financially.

  Good Enough

An article exploring the fact that despite cultural value we place on seeking and attaining wealth, research suggests that the actual relationship between wealth and happiness is relatively modest.

  Existential Depression in Young Men

Over recent years I’ve noticed an increase in depression amongst bright, creative and resourceful young men in early years of adulthood. I think it hints at deep social and cultural change. This pattern contrasts with that expectation that mental health problems such as depression are more likely to be suffered by those who are less… Read more »

  Perfect Storm

This article relates to an increase in the rates of depression that has been observed amongst young men in recent years.