What is Depression?
Depression in general is more than feeling sad once in a while, it is a feeling that is present almost every day, for most of the day, for over a period of two or more weeks. Depression can have a negative effect on your energy, relationships, family dynamics, friendships, social life, work, and education.
Depending on what has caused a specific incidence of depression, Dr. Michael Dadson will discuss options to develop a counseling plan ca to help you deal with your issues and emotions.Dr. Mike Dadson can help a person to adapt to life changes that are causing depression, including issues related to job loss, bereavement, marriage or relationship conflict. Dr. Dadson will discuss a treatment plan with you to help effectively address your depression.
How to treat depression?
As a counsellor, I advise my patients, until you are aware of the root of cause for the depression and address the underlying cause or belief related to the depression, it can be difficult to recommend a treatment plan or recover.
What is the gender bias on depression and how to cope with the societal expectations?
When Dr. Michael Dadson (Mike Dadson), talks about male depression, and ways men respond to therapy, there are several differences to that of a woman. Dr. Mike Dadson identifies that it is accepted and considered “socially normal for women to have vulnerability, and emotional social connections”. Dr. Dadson explains “for men, there is often shaming of emotional vulnerability from childhood messages like; boys don’t cry, real men don’t cry, you cry like a girl, real men aren’t afraid”.
Many boys grew up with the mentality they were not allowed to be emotionally vulnerable so now as men they do not have a reference point to start. Dr. Michael Dadson relates “this presents a problem for men suffering with depression, stress or trauma”. Dr. Dadson explains, “the fact that the very nature of trauma means the person feels vulnerable, or helpless, or terrified and even powerless, there is a total disconnect for many men when they experience emotions they are not familiar with or allowed to have or feel”. My research has shown that this experience acts as a secondary trauma for men that is a barrier for treatment.
Dr. Mike Dadson references the many cultures around the world where the types of emotions connected to trauma are “almost alien, or not masculine.” This mindset causes a contradiction for men between what they have been brought up hearing, believing to what they are now feeling. Dr. Dadson believes counseling can address many of the beliefs men may have about their masculinity, vulnerability and ability to have and feel emotions.