The Word ‘Depression’

Depression used to be called ‘Nervous Exhaustion’.

I think that is a way more apt term for it.

When you think of the word depression – what comes to mind?

To me it’s not really that descriptive – it doesn’t really describe the whole reality. It’s a dent left by something. It’s a feeling of hopelessness. Of flatness. Nothingness. The word depression connotes an image of the sufferer as passive, where in reality anyone who has experienced depression knows there are huge amounts of emotional arousal and exhausting rumination.

For that reason, I much prefer using the term Nervous Exhaustion.

Because it keeps me on track when working with clients. It helps me to remember what it really is rather than being left passive by this word depression. It takes into account the exceeding high level of the stress hormone cortisol that’s always present in people struggling with depression.

We explore together what creates nervous exhaustion. The actual physical experience of depression. How it creates a physiological response in the body. How your sleep is affected by that arousal and how changing that is key to overcoming the exhaustion that comes with it.

Together we look at unfulfilled emotional expectations, at the role of your psychological needs and how that impacts your mind, brain and body.

We look at understanding the REM sleep cycle and how you can take practical steps to change that so that you stop waking up exhausted.

We start implementing practical and evidence based strategies to break the cycle of depression (more on that cycle on another blog).

Nervous exhaustion is so prevalent, and in the future I will explore with you the how and why of it’s increase. By understanding that, you can start to find the practical solutions to overcoming it.

Let’s not keep each other in the dark. I struggled with nervous exhaustion for decades, and because I thought it was normal in some way I never discussed it and just battled through as much as I can. You don’t need to battle. There are practical ways of overcoming it. Speak to someone. Don’t suffer in silence.