Tuesday, December 14, 2010

... major depression in the philippines: therapy and treatment ... (life coach, counselor, psychotherapist, psychologist, psychiatrist)

what causes depression during the holidays? gma's medical advisory program "pinoy md" wanted my take on the matter.
from the depressed people who consult me at my clinic, here's my list of causes:
(1) physical distance from loved ones (e.g., ofws)
(2) break-ups with partners
(3) ongoing conflict with partner
(4) family misunderstandings
(5) death of loved one
(6) illness of loved one or of self
(7) memories of bad experiences/ trauma which happened in past christmas holidays
(8) looking back at the year that passed and deeming it unfruitful or unproductive
(9) financial hardship
(10) major depression
(11) seasonal affective disorder
causes # 1-7 are "relational" in nature and are primarily managed through individual psychotherapy and relationship/ family counseling.
causes # 8-9 are "pragmatic" in nature and are primarily managed through advice and coaching.
cause # 10-11 are "biochemical" in nature and are primarily managed by anti-depressant treatment.

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