Katie Hopkins slammed for her comments about depression.
Katie Hopkins has been slammed for her comments on 'depression' but does she have a point? She says people with 'depression' need "a pair of running shoes and fresh air". So does exercise really help?
The reality is that whilst exercise may help with the symptoms of 'depression', it won't get to the root cause of the problem. Psychodynamic counsellors help clients to see things as they really are rather than run away from them, which can bring other problems. This is done sensitively and at the client's pace.
Katie also suggests that 'depression' is "over-diagnosed and over-prescribed" and that GPs are too quick to administer antidepressants. Is she right?
Whilst there is a place for medical intervention, there is also growing concern that antidepressants are prescribed too easily because of the lack of suitable alternatives and whilst medication may help bring some temporary relief, it does not tackle the underlying cause and is not a long term solution.
Counselling or ‘talking therapy’ as it is also known is an alternative to antidepressants, or a combination of both may be appropriate for some people and sometimes talking therapy will reach the parts that the drugs cannot.
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About Indira Chima
Indira is a Counsellor and Founder of The Counselling Living Room® - a professional counselling service in Herts, Beds and beyond. She is psychodynamically trained (MA MBACP) and a Registered Member of the BACP. Indira is passionate about the power of 'talking therapies' and committed to making a difference to each and everyone of her clients.