Online sessions now available.Kristian S. Nibe - clinical psychologist and ISTDP practitioner.
Therapy and treatment of depression.
To feel downtrodden from time to time is a normal aspect of life, but when emptiness, lack of energy, and despair won’t let go it may be a sign of depression. More than just a temporary gloominess, the depression makes it hard and difficult to function normally and to appreciate life. Hobbies, family, and friends no longer seem as interesting as they used to, tiredness and lack of initiative dominates every day, and just to get through the day may be overwhelming.
We all to some extent have temporary mood swings with some good days and some bad days. Many use the term depression to describe sadness, but depression is something completely different.
Sadness is a normal reaction to the griefs and disappointments of life, but depression is when our psyche “depresses” (i.e. puts a lid on) our feelings. Our feelings are what gives us our life energy, but if depression is present a part of our brain has previously learned that some of our feelings are so painful and unpleasant that the brain rather prefers to shut down all our feelings than to allow them to reach our consciousness and be felt. How you can overcome this depressive mechanism and get full access to all your feelings and get your energy back you can learn about here.
Depression is often described as living in a big black hole or as having a feeling of total discouragement. Depressed people aren’t first and foremost sad, rather they are lifeless, empty, and apathetic. The depression often consumes their entire existence, affecting the ability to work effectively, study, eat, sleep, and appreciate life. The experience of helplessness, hopelessness, and worthlessness is intense and the depressed sees few glimmers of hope that might turn this around.
When depressed everything seems hopeless, but with proper help it’s possible to get better. First and foremost one needs to understand what depression actually is. To acquire knowledge about depression, what causes it, what maintains it, and most importantly, what you can do to get out of it and how you can do this, is essential.
The prevalence of depression in the population.
Studies indicates that approximately 20 % of the population have a depressive episode sometime in their life time. Those with only one depressive episode constitute between 6-12 % of the population, which means that a significant percentage of the population experiences several depressive episodes during their life. In any given six-month period, between 3-9 % of the population is depressed. In addition, between 2.5-6 % of the population also suffers at least a longer period of time with dysthymia.
Depressive disorders have increased gradually since WW2, and studies show that depression occurs at an earlier age for many than it did a few decades ago.
Online consultations available.
Use the contact form below for any inquiries. Please state briefly the nature of your problem, when and how you are available, and how you prefer to conduct payment (Credit Card or PayPal).
Consultations are available for either 45 minutes or 90 minutes, and are conducted by video either through Skype or appear.in. Alternatively I also offer sessions through chat/e-mail.
The price per 45 minute consultation is 160 Euro. The price for a 90 minute consultation is 300 Euro.