Gambling and Depression can dramatically impact one’s family, friends, relationships and lifestyles causing the victim to withdraw from society and their support network. The team at GIDI know how to help.
Gambling, Isolation, & Depression Inversion Therapy
“You’re right, it really helps!” – An obsessive depressed patient told me after I suggested she look for techniques that would distract her, even partially, from her hardships – “I took all my anger out of the piano and felt much better.”
“… but after that I immediately thought about all the years I spent and did not use the piano for this purpose … I could have been much happier … how much suffering could have been spared.”
If so, even when a partial and temporary solution seemed to be found, the patient returned to her default – digging and poking at the mind, and turning even the solution into a problem instead of finding a solution.
Depression: Gender Differences
The Department of Psychology at Yale University runs a research and treatment program, The Yale Depression and Cognition Program, which deals with the connection between cognitive processes and depression and physiological problems related to depression. It is headed by Prof. Susan Nolan-Huxma, who has been leading a series of studies for several years, trying to answer the question – why do women develop depression twice as often as men. This field of research is not new. We know that women’s socialization patterns, the messages they receive about their femininity since birth, are remarkably consistent with the processes leading to depression: dependence, helplessness, lack of control, the expectation of help from the man they are with, and more. Even those who have developed careers and become independent are exposed not only to the pressures of the career itself (like men), but to the conflict between career development and fulfilling the traditional female gender role, which includes caring for children, home and family and much guilt around this duplication of roles.
Distractions: Breaking the Circle?
As a psychodynamic therapist who also underwent his training in Israel, which also incorporates behavioral-cognitive techniques in his work, the findings of Nolan-Hokma and her colleagues raise the need to re-evaluate the “psychodynamic default.” These findings resonated with them in various psychological counseling programs overseas. For example, on the Psychological Counseling Services website of the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia it is advisable to employ distraction techniques to improve the ability to bear short-term distress. These techniques are not presented as the solution to the problems themselves but as a transitional stage of self-empowerment. The counselor is even warned not to use them excessively. Among the techniques are: sports walking alone or with a friend, going to a movie, watching TV, solving crossword puzzles, engaging in creative activities such as painting, carpentry, etc., sports and physical activity. In addition, it is advisable to choose any activity that the person is able to absorb into and likes to do and regularly devote an hour to it a day.
We use psychological techniques that work based on regular, comfortable, and personal interaction with people to help alter undesirable behavioural patterns. Using these techniques we can improve a person’s mental health, stability, and well-being. The positive effects can be seen in the reduction in troublesome behaviours, negative though patterns, emotional extremes, beliefs, and compulsions. This sort of therapy also helps with social comfort and people skills.
Relationships can be hard, especially when one or even both parties in the relationship are having troubles with addiction, gambling, or depression. Problems like these are actually a common reason as to why couples break up. Taking the first step to get therapy can get your relationship the help you need and get your lives back on track.
Anxiety, Stress, and Depression
We all have moments in our lives when we are worried, or feel lost and alone. If you are unable to copy with your daily stress, or feel like you can’t handle what life is throwing at you, having someone to talk to can help. Even just discussing your problems can take away some of that burden. You are invited to our judgement-free, comfortable, and caring therapy sessions where we really listen to you. We know how to help, if you’ll give us a chance
Raise Mental Rumor
Prof. Nolan-Hokma and her team were not content with researching the reasons why women are more vulnerable to depression in the first place. Their research and clinical contribution is also reflected in the exposure of the cognitive and behavioral mechanisms that perpetuate depression, cultivate it, increase it and make it a default and a lifestyle. One of these mechanisms, perhaps the central one, is precisely the mechanism that makes women more cooperative patients in the eyes of psychodynamic therapists – the tendency of women to look into themselves and talk more than men in general, and about themselves, in particular. This mechanism is called “rumination” by Nolan-Hokma. The English-Hebrew dictionary offers two interesting translations of the word – one “contemplation” and the other “rumination”. Indeed, after conducting many studies on the subject, Nolan-Hokma does not use words and defines the phenomenon. In last year’s article as “raising mental rumor” that includes repeated thinking about issues and problems without any progress towards a practical solution.
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