It is as general practitioner and psychotherapist trained in brief psychotherapy that I has the pleasure to write this book. This 90-pages work is intented for both a general readership and the medical and paramedical community. I wanted its wording clear and accessible to all and constantly sought to avoid a too scientific or psychologic jargon. Furthermore, the reader will appreciate throughout the pages the subtle illustrations of the Belgian drawer Kanar.
This book explores in detail the successive steps of a curb, named the “curb of depression”. This tool gives the patient and its entourage the opportunity to find landmarks in depression. It has to be known that depressions do not necessarily happen out of the blue. They do not all result from an external event nor from a reminiscence of the past. By cons, they are frequently linked to a phase of denial, in which the person feels that something is going wrong with his attitude. However, and strangely, the person does not tackle the issue. Quite the contrary, everything will be done to let the problem unsettled.
Paradoxically, coupling the words “positive” and “depression” became a matter of course. Indeed, throughout my numerous psychotherapy sessions, I realized depression can also be the opportunity, the pretext and the perfect time to (finally) assume a personal choice. It can be the moment to accept to live something positive. Something that, most of the time, people already bear within themselves. Then, they can experience what they want to live for long, even way before falling into depression.
Therefore, physical manifestations become a way, although painful, to tell the others as well as to oneself, that the change is upcoming. It is then not surprising that some people completely change their family, working or love life at the end of a depression. They are now experiencing something new, what they haven’t been able to do for long: say no!
Of course, positive depression could not be synonym of happy nor euphoric depression. It definitely remains a time of significant hardship and will without fail mark the patient personality.
Throughout the book, exploring the curb and its steps will enable the patient to identify his way in depression. The curb demonstrates five steps that can
– have a preventative effect by making the patient aware of his denial
– help him in assuming and taking the decision to be supported at the moment of the fall into the “bottom of the bottom”
– make him aware of the psychotherapeutic work to undertake in the restorative phase
– help him to realize that he will have to give up something to move on to the first plateau
– finally, the ice on the cake, award him on the second plateau with the achievement of what he wanted to do or aspired to be at the beginning of his depression.
Eventually, two chapters are dedicated to the “frequently asked questions” linked to the prescribing of antidepressants, their justification and length of treatment. It is about understanding what are also their limits, as they will rather help in reducing the physical symptoms than in making the problem disappear.
To conclude, I hope you will enjoy a positive reading experience, that could tell you something about you if you were, directly or indirectly, affected by depression. Because, unfortunately, it seems that we all experience a denial phase in our lives, while at different moments and at varying degrees. But this book shows that we can all overcome this hardship and go even beyond.
Enjoy your reading!