Depression: more than just an illness. Helen Radelaar, Clinical Psychologist
You may well know that depression is the most common mental health problem worldwide, that it is the second most common cause of disability worldwide, and that in the latest year we have figures for 1 in 5 people experienced depression as measured by a clinical scale in the UK.
What you might not know is that there is no real scientific agreement about the cause of depression, how best to treat it or even what it is. You can certainly ask those questions and you will get plenty of definitive answers, but the answers are determined to a great degree who you ask, and what evidence they rely on.
So this café will look at depression, and how it is more complicated that it is often described. Yes, it can be useful to think of depression as an illness, particularly when trying to explain to others or ourselves why it is so debilitating and why it needs to be treated every bit as seriously as a physical ailment. However, it is so much more than that and is affected by many more factors than just an imbalance of chemicals in the brain. We shall try and think about all the things that seem to contribute to depression occuring, the breadth of things that help in living with it, and the many different things that might contribute to reducing it’s effects, reducing how often it occurs, and even stop it happening.
Chat and think over a drink. Café Psychologique builds on the idea of the Café Scientifique movement and other Café such as Café Philosophique.
Hosted by Chris Powell.
8.00 pm to 9.45 pm. £4 on the door.