Health and Wellness

ACT: Taking Hurt to Hope

JoAnne Dahl, Ph.D.

ACT: Taking Hurt to Hope – Struggling with Depression Welcome to ACT taking hurt to hope.

Today we are going to talk about something that we all feel from time to
time : Depression. This means that we feel low, or sad or down in the dumps.
Sometimes we may have a so called reason for feeling unhappy. we may have
just experienced a loss. This could be a loss of a function, like a hearing
loss or a loss of a loved one in death or separation. It could be a loss of
a job or friends when we have moved away. Sometimes we can feel blue for no
particular reason. What we call clinical depression is what is called a mood
disorder in which these types of feelings of sadness interfere with everyday
life for a longer period of time. Symptoms of depression can be for example,
feeling low most of the time, loosing pleasure in actiivities that you
normal enjoy, trouble sleeping, or sleep too much.

Changes in you appetite, with either weight gain or weight loss, tiredness,
lack of energy, feelings of worthlessness. the person who is depressed can
have difficulty concentrating. One of the most important symptoms of
depression is that a person avoids activities. Thoughts of death and suicide
are also common.

Today you are going to get the chance to listen to an expert.

Dr Robyn Walser who has worked for many years with ACT with trauma at TL
consultation services, and she also at Veterans Adminsitration in Palo Alto
Ca. Robyn is author of several ACT books among others Acceptance and
Commitment Therapy for the treatment of Robyn is author of several ACT books
among others Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for the treatment of
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Trauma-Related Problems
. You can read
more about Robyn and her books on her website by clicking on her name on
this program webtalkradio.net