Wednesday 22 November 2017

Gayle Williamson: Depression doesn't mean you're crazy – it just means you're human

Talking about our feelings can restore a sense of control and help recovery, writes psychotherapist Gayle Williamson

RTE's John Murray
RTE's John Murray
Cork hurler Conor Cusack has spoken recently about his mental health difficulties

Gayle Williamson

One of my first tasks in working with someone who is depressed is to encourage them to talk to the people in their life about what they are going through. This isn't easy – despite the fact that there has been so much in the media in recent months about depression, anxiety and suicide, the stigma and fear around mental health problems persist. It's why I was so impressed and encouraged by John Murray's willingness to be open about his depression on his return to his RTE radio show last week.

Similarly, former Cork hurler Conor Cusack's honesty regarding his own depression has been very powerful and inspiring.

However, there is one comment John made last Monday that I'd like to pick up on. He said: "One minute I am happily presenting this radio show and enjoying life; the next, I am gripped with dread and anxiety with the simplest task proving beyond me."

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