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Lets talk about the cycle of depression

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benji1991

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I've noticed that my depression occurs in cycles which Im sure many of you can relate to

cycle 1: renewed hope, excitement for future, cheerful

cycle 2: depression makes it way back in, slipping away, fighting to stay afloat

cycle 3: implode, enter into major depressive episode, reach out for help, surviving

cycle 1, renewed hope etc

and so on

if I was to visit a psychotherapist, what kind of advice would they give around stopping the cycle and utilizing the information the cycle gives as to whats behind it all? would they offer a way of recording the ebb and flow of my mood?

what advice do you community have?
 
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JCPraha

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I've noticed that my depression occurs in cycles which Im sure many of you can relate to

cycle 1: renewed hope, excitement for future, cheerful

cycle 2: depression makes it way back in, slipping away, fighting to stay afloat

cycle 3: implode, enter into major depressive episode, reach out for help, surviving

cycle 1, renewed hope etc

and so on

if I was to visit a psychotherapist, what kind of advice would they give around stopping the cycle and utilizing the information the cycle gives as to whats behind it all? would they offer a way of recording the ebb and flow of my mood?

what advice do you community have?
I would think that one would try to determine the factors that trigger the depressive episodes. Is there some type of stressful situation? Or things that could be avoided to arrest the slip into depression? Perhaps it is the thought process. Focusing on negative events and outcomes rather than focusing on what is positive and good.

Of course things are not always so simple, and some situations are unavoidable. But if one can determine the factors that precipitate the depressive episodes, then it may be possible to avoid some of them in the future.
 
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