When you hear the word depression do you think of chemical imbalance and antidepressants?

The World Health Organisation has predicted that by 2030, depression will account for the highest level of disability accorded any physical or mental disorder in the world.

Antidepressants are among the best-selling drugs in medical practice with a market of US$12 billion. Yet a report from the American Psychological Association published in the New York times, stated that depression [in women] is misdiagnosed approximately 30 to 50 percent of the time. The report also said that 70 percent of the antidepressant prescriptions given to women, were done so often without proper diagnosis or monitoring.

There is a big difference between clinical depression and circumstantial depression. Circumstantial depression has nothing to do with a chemical imbalance. It is related directly to one’s circumstances; it is the pain of living without hope, or existing in negative circumstances and not being able to see a way out, and no amount of antidepressants is going to help. To cure circumstantial depression a person must be able to move out of their negative circumstances into a life of meaning and purpose.

There are two key questions a person can ask themselves to determine whether or not their depression is circumstantial:

One: If I leave my negative circumstances for a short time, do I feel better? And when I go back into those negative circumstances do I feel sad, bad, or anxious again?

Two: Did something happen to me before the depression set in? A job loss, a geographical move, the breakdown of a relationship, a divorce, or illness?

Overcome depression by using the KATE Method:

K = Know the difference between clinical and circumstantial depression.

A = Ask the two key questions to identify whether or not your depression is circumstantial.

T = Take small, achievable, positive action steps in order to move out of your negative circumstances.

E = Enter into a life of meaning and purpose.

The report from the American Psychological Association stated that “a more effective approach (other than taking antidepressants) was for woman to take some positive step, even if a small symbolic one, toward changing the circumstances that were leading to the depression.”

Skye McKenzie’s book, Forty Days to Breakthrough, is a practical guide to help you take small, achievable action steps, one each day for forty days, to rechart your course towards clarity, fulfilment and happiness.

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Hi, my name is Skye McKenzie and I’m the author of the book Forty Days to Breakthrough. I am also a speaker and coach and I help women overcome negative circumstances and move into a life of clarity, fulfillment and happiness.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. rod says:

    There is an incredibly small basis for the chemical imbalance theory in the first place, and even if there were something in it these drugs are prescribed without any attempt being made to establish what that imbalance might be in any given case. This is in marked contrast to conditions where careful measurements are taken, for example, of thyroxin levels.

    The ‘T’ calls to mind the approach of SFT (solution focused therapy).

  2. alphagroupa says:

    Thank you Rod. I agree with you that the chemical imbalance theory is exactly that… still a theory and that is exactly why the drugs are prescribed without any attempt being made to establish an imbalance, as there isn’t one! Thank you for the insight that the “T” is the solution focused therapy. Taking antidepressants is not the solution.

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