Suffering from depression, anxiety and/or panic attacks can feel overwhelming, terrifying, exhausting. People suffering in this way naturally turn to others – those who supposedly are expert in matters of health, GPs, psychiatrists, counsellors/therapists – in the hope they will alleviate their symptoms. Also they often have the pressure of their jobs and families: being with someone suffering depression can be frustrating, painful, infuriating and evoke a sense of helplesness. However, I think often
our society promotes a quick fix attitude to mental health. GPs prescribe anti-depressants and tranquilisers readily, sometimes without even checking whether individuals want to be medicated; and if counselling is available there is usually a limited number of sessions. People who have had emotional and relational problems for a long time, perhaps even as long as they can remember, are expected to ‘get better’ in six sessions and be grateful if their employers even recognise the strain they are under. Isn’t it about time we started asking ourselves what is important? Caring for others, listening and understanding what ails them or providing quick fixes and shrinking away from pain and despair?
It’s not that people don’t expect to be distressed or even depressed, but that many think society will not wait for them to heal. They do not want to hold back a high-performing team.