depression has been likened to a modern epidemic, with
most cases undiagnosed and untreated. Yet the toll in human
happiness and productivity is tremendous. Untreated depression
can potentially lead to broken relationships, substance
misuse, job loss, compulsive behaviours and, at the worst,
About fifteen percent of us have a bout of major
depression at some point in our lives and it is the
fourth most common cause of disability worldwide. Each
year in the United Kingdom about 4000 people tragically
destroy themselves as the result of untreated depression
The symptoms of depression are varied. For some people,
it's sleeping too much whilst others find it hard to get
any sleep at all. Likewise, some people lose their appetites
whilst others eat compulsively. Generally a sense of hopelessness,
a feeling of low self-worth and a sense of being disappointed
by others are present. The mood may be sad, irritable or,
most characteristically, ‘flat' or ‘dead inside'. One sees
the world and one's life through a negative lens which
A large number of people experience clinical anxiety concurrent
with clinical depression. On its own, clinical anxiety
is less prevalent overall than depressive disorders, occurring
in under five percent of the UK population.
The condition is characterised by excessive worry about
a specific issue or, more generally, a problematically
heightened level of stress. The condition makes it difficult
to relax or to get a good night's sleep. Amongst the common
physical symptoms are trembling, muscle tension, headaches,
hot flushes or being startled easily. Increased irritability
is a common symptom as well.
The most extreme form of anxiety disorder
is called a panic attack. Panic attacks are abrupt periods
of intense fear with a range of marked physical symptoms
(such as difficulty breathing) as well as the thought that
one is either going insane or about to die. Severe anxiety
and panic may disrupt social situations, work and other
daily routines as well as damage relationships due to increased
conflict. Whilst anxiety is more common in women, the statistics
on panic are equal for both genders.
Over the past 25 years, Kenneth Demsky
has helped many individuals suffering from different kinds
of depressive and anxiety disorders.
Conditions which are reactions to external events respond well to informed support
Those that reflect unresolved conflicts from the past require a more sustained
to bring about healing and promote growth. Cognitive-behavioural
techniques (such as guided relaxation) are incorporated
and referral for appropriate medication is considered.
The goal in any case is to permanently establish a more
stable and positive mood overall.