“Deep Well Perspective Healing” or simply, “deep well” represents my conceptual understanding of what depression looks like. I believe that before we can effectively heal in this disorder, we first have to see what it is that we are actually struggling with. My deep well perspective paints a picture of the anatomy of depression, or the very components that in my view, best characterizes this disorder.
This deep well perspective serves as the blueprint of my upcoming self-help book: A ‘Deep Well’ Perspective for Healing in Depression: Introducing 7 Action Steps to Overcoming Depressive Symptoms
My “deep well” approach to healing was developed over the four year period it took for me to effectively deal with depressive symptoms. Before I begin to outline my approach, I first want to provide some context with respect to how my deep well idea came to fruition.
The trigger that started it all was when I woke to the realization that I was sick, mentally. After a very difficult assessment with my family doctor, I spent the next thirteen months of my life seeking professional treatment.
In addition to scheduled sessions with my therapist, I would write for therapeutic purposes: about what was going through my mind and about the feelings I had towards myself, family and life in general. I wrote about difficult life experiences which I believed were to blame for my sickness.
Then I grew hungry for knowledge and sought to learn more about this disorder and the symptoms I was struggling with. I visited mental health association websites and other online sources. My education gifted me with strong research capability so I started reading academic reports that were written on depression, anything that could help me better understand what I was truly dealing with.
As my writing and research progressed, I began to form new perceptions and beliefs about this disorder, and especially about my life. I wrote it all down.I created a conceptual idea as to what this disorder looks like, a place that I could see and feel. I discovered ways in which I could be proactive, things that I could do for myself to help counter the symptoms I was struggling with. I uncovered what I would consider are life changing principles that transformed how I thought and what I believed, about myself, my challenges, and the world around me.
This exercise evolved, and over time, my belief system transformed, from one that was reactive and self-limiting, to a thought process that was proactive and responsible. I established a goal in my life, something that I could look forward to, and this served to empower me in my journey to overcoming depressive symptoms. And in time, these very symptoms that I had such a tight grip on my life, eventually began to loosen.
I shared and discussed just about everything I wrote down with my doctor during the time I was in counseling. He would at times challenge my thought processes, beliefs and interpretations, and in turn, helped strengthen my rational and logical aptitude in how I thought and processed information.
I filtered this feedback back into my writing, making adjustments where needed, until it all started to come together. Where I was once disoriented in this disorder, like trying to make sense of ten thousand puzzle pieces scattered about, the pieces started falling into place. Eventually, this puzzle began to take shape.
I began to understand this disorder, not only why it was affecting me, but what proactive measures I could take to help counter its debilitating symptoms. Where I was once hopeless in this disorder, or in the figurative context, trapped inside the deep, dark well, I recognized that there was a way out. I began to feel hope.
And throughout my experience in healing in this disorder, I discovered purpose in my life: I wanted to help those who are suffering like I was, see what I was able to see so they could do what I was eventually able to do: overcome the oppressive symptoms of depression.
I realized that if I were to take everything that I had written down, organize it, and then publish it, I could create a tool to leverage as I work to fulfill my purpose.
I realized my goal in all of this: to be a difference maker in this disorder…to make a difference in a life of someone struggling with depression.
This is my story, of how my ‘deep well’ approach came to fruition. What began as a therapeutic exercise in writing grew into a catalyst of hope and liberation from depressive symptoms. This, I want to share with the world in hopes that I can be a difference maker in depression.