“…the World Health Organization (WHO) released a powerful statement from its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, declaring depression “the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide.” WHO estimates that more than 300 million people worldwide are now suffering a diagnosable depression. This reflects an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015.”

- April 2017 Newsletter – Dr Michael Yapko

In his newsletter Dr Yapko speaks of the rise in depression rates being reflective of the chaotic world we live in, as evidenced by the experience of higher distress levels in many life arenas. He goes on to posit ‘the social contagion of depression’ needs to be addressed by therapists.

In our practice, we are proactive in recognising the limitations of the biological viewpoint of depression along with acknowledging current research that is identifying links between our physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual selves. In this way, we work diligently with developing a holistic self-awareness in our clients that will assist them with identifying their ‘un-met’ needs and provide in them an understanding of their process**.

In turn, this increased awareness is likely to help create social outcomes and personal change that empower them. On-going ignoring of our needs to support the needs of others in our various relationships can lead to vulnerabilities to depression and/or be detrimental to our physical health and well-being.

**your process is how you have learnt to relate to yourself and to others over your lifespan.

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