A depression Psychological study of Your Envisioned Mind
A one way repeated measures ANOVA was performed to compare scores on the DASS scales for depression, anxiety and stress at the start (week 1), at 4 weeks follow-up (week 5) and at 5 months follow-up. There was a significant improvement over time in the DASS depression score, F(2,21)=5.47, p=.012. This represents a marked reduction in depression from a rating of severe at week 1 to mild at week 5 and 5 months follow-up.
Eight women took part in the ‘At Home in Your Head’ workshop for overcoming depression, May 2004, with ages ranging from 29 to over 50 years old.
Diagnoses of these women were: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with Depression and Agoraphobia; Bi-Polar and Borderline Personality Disorder; mild depression; Post-Natal Depression; Depression and Generalized Anxiety Disorder; Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and ‘Mental Illness’. Six were on medication.
At five months the women were asked:
Have you been using the maintenance procedure of YEM?
6 reported NO. 2 reported YES.
Have you experienced any major adverse life events since attending the At Home in Your Head workshop?
5 reported NO, 3 reported YES
I believe that the maintenance of the much lessened depression is due to my work. If the 6 women who did not use the ‘maintenance procedure’, over 5 months, had done so, it is my contention that the rate of depression would have been less.
Over 10 months there were 3 workshops in all with over 40 women attending. The ‘Overcoming Depression’ workshops were held in a women’s community center, where they advertised this workshop to their members and they left flyers in libraries and council chambers. A submission was sent to the local council for funding; with the statistics quoted that there were over 50,000 women in their council area and with 1 in 10 women suffering with depression, there was a need for this workshop.
Here are some of the attendees comments:
Changing pictures in my head to overcome my depression: I could not believe it. But it worked! I am now happy. Mary, 44, depressed for 21 years.
My mind was a place of horror, now it is a place for dreaming. My depression has lifted, now I can move on with my life. Nicky 51
This is a way to access and manage my emotions on a sub-conscious level, and in a non-confrontational way. I can now continue to learn to trust and be open to new experiences. Ann 32
Happiness comes from within. I have let go of the ghosts and my outlook on life has changed. Dannie 43.
Beverley F Searle
M.Prim Hlth Care
Grad Cert C.H. (M.H)