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Curing depression: an energy approach Curing depression: an energy approach
by Joseph Gatt
2021-06-16 08:51:29
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I'm not saying I have the cure for depression. But I do try to reflect on the topic, and try to provide “food for thought” on different approaches that can be used to ease depression, and to cure some specific cases of depression.

Depression, to me (I just sort of found out) is an energy-related ailment. That is we human beings need some kind of balance in the energy we spend during the day. If you spend too much energy, more than your blood-sugar levels enable you to, you are hyperactive. If you run low on energy and can't get out of bed, you are depressed.

So, having looking around for the last couple of decades, I figured out that there are two major causes of depression:

-Someone (some people) are eating all your energy.

-Something (or a group of “things”) is eating all your energy.

Someone (or some people) are eating all your energy

depres01_400From the “dear Abby” classics to more extreme cases of rage and torture, some people have to endure bullies, or people who deprive them of the energy they need to get through the day.

So if you receive a patient who seems to be suffering from depression, rather than put them on medication immediately, I would suggest you ask them questions to see if anyone is “eating all their energy”.

Those people who “eat the patient's energy” could be schoolmates, could be co-workers, could be family, could be friends, could be a group of people on the Internet.

Very often bullies eat their preys' energy so much that their victims can no longer really talk or recall the abuses they were victims of.

Bullying is part of the evolution of our species. When someone threatens our way of life, or someone seems to outcompete us, we tend to “eat their energy” and to make sure that have no energy left to outcompete us or threaten our way of life.

So as a therapist the questions you could ask the patient should be “is anyone causing you to think so much, to plan so much, to strategize so much, that you have no more energy to get through the day?”

You could then ask “is there a way for you to leave that group or to stay away from the individual, as in changing jobs or renting your own place or something?”

Now I use the bullying example. But violence is not the only thing that causes victims to be depressed. The victims could for example have to endure “idlers” where they are the ones who do all the work, when the “idlers” get just as much pay and recognition. Or it could simply be other people's attitude that causes loss of energy, and bad attitude ranges from not cleaning up to using offensive language to refusing to obey orders to refusing to take suggestions and so on.

Something (some things) are eating all your energy

“Something” could be bad memories. Could be tasks you can't handle. In sum, the past is eating away all your energy, or the future and its prospects is eating away all your energy.

If the past is what is eating away all your patient's energy, you want to check and see what the consequences of that past are on the present day. Patients often recall that if they had made different choices they would be in a much better place. As in “if I did not have an abusive girlfriend, I would have graduated college and would be working at a much better job.”

The typical thing to do would be to tell the person to “leave the past to the past.” But, from a biological and evolutionary perspective, we human beings need the past to identify future dangers. So those guys and girls who are stuck in a traumatic past are usually stuck in that place because they don't fully understand the past.

So your job as a therapist is to collect the stories about the past, and help the patient piece the puzzle together, and see what lessons can be drawn from the past, and what dangers and pitfalls should be avoided.

Or, the patient could be OK with their past, but dread the future. They are stuck in a job they can't handle, or can't handle the tools or tasks that they are responsible for.

So your role as a therapist would be to identify what the patient's responsibilities are, why the patient is dreading the responsibilities, what tools or part of the responsibilities are “eating all their energy.”

Final notes

Depression usually comes in the form of the brain requiring too much “fuel” to function. So depressed people eat too much, or sleep too much. Or the fuel tank shuts down and they stop eating properly and can't fall asleep, because starving and sleep deprivation is what will cause the depressed individual to stop thinking about what is eating all their energy.

What consumes a lot of fuel is, as I said, either people who are causing the individual to think too much, or the past and the future which cause the individual to think too much. The patient thinks too much because they don't fully understand what goes on around them. They see a danger, perceive a danger, but don't fully grasp how to defeat the danger.

So a therapist's role could be helping the patient identify the danger, understand the danger, and find ways to stay away from danger.

Small notes on “hyperactive” people

The opposite of a depressed person is a hyperactive person. Hyperactive people are usually people who have a lot of energy and spend a lot of energy.

Some people call me “Yossi Gatt” hyperactive, but I'm not hyperactive. I finish almost everything I start. Most hyperactive people start a lot of projects, but never finish any projects.

You'll notice hyperactive people if they have the following traits: they don't listen to anything you tell them, they tune out very quickly, they interrupt you at very random points in your conversation, they change topics very frequently, they are very rude, they leave without saying goodbye, and they are unpredictable.

Hyperactive people often do not seek help, when they really need help. Their finances are usually a mess, they can't keep friends, their love relationships tend to be very short-lived, their hygiene tends to be poor, and their behavior often leads them to bad reputations at best, trouble with the law at worst.

So hyperactive people need help channeling that energy. The stereotype goes “they need to pick up an intensive sport.” But the truth is they usually need cognitive-behavioral therapy that is to identify the behaviors that are not correct, and to fix those bad behaviors gradually.

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