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It's been said that some people look at life through rose- colored lenses. When you become chronically depressed you look at life through ash-colored lenses. It taints how you see everything in your life.
To lend an example... I walked out into waiting room to greet a new client. I extended my hand and introduced myself. The gentleman replied with, "Hello, I'm Mr. Depression!" In all fairness, he said this in a funny manner. We each had a chuckle, but it gave me automatic insight into how deeply depression had sunk into this young man. We'll call him John.
By end of our initial session I was talking with John about how is life might be different if (listen closely here) he was a man "under attack from depression" vs. a man who "is depression." Do you see incredible difference here?
If I AM DEPRESSION... if that's who I am, how in world can I change WHO I AM? John immediately saw how he had over-identified with depression. He had lost his identity. This took about two years. His insight was a huge first step in putting distance between himself and depression.
In later sessions we had some fun. I had him create a name for depression problem. Then he completed a biography statement of depression problem, including traits, goals, dominant feelings etc. In a following session he brought a picture to represent depression problem, introduced problem to me by name and taught me about problem using mini-biography form I had given him.
This added great distance between him and depression. We didn't stop there. His next task was to complete an exercise in re-acquainting himself with who he was at his core (outside of depression).
This was a powerful exercise having to do with death and what was most important to him as he imagined that he was in his final days here on Earth. Although a painful exercise, it is a direct path to heart, making it very powerful.
And once you strip away all clutter in your life, heart holds truth about what is most dear to you --
Your CLEAR WATER!
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