Treatment and survival from depression have always remained an ambiguous issue around us today. Medications such as anti-depressants and sleeping pills, are the most common ways to treat this illness, but to me there is still something missing here. What remains incomplete in the treatment of depression is efficient therapy for these people. A therapy not too famous in Karachi is known as Existential therapy; a way to freedom.
Lack of awareness has led people in our culture to still find it quite shameful for a person to go and get psychological help, as people would usually categorize them as mentally challenged. But this therapy fits perfect here. This therapy states that we aren’t victims of circumstance, because we are what we choose to be, and once we take responsibility and control to make decisions in our lives, we then also get the courage to change the situation if we mess up. Secondly, what I have always truly admired is that this therapy does not consider people as being ill which is why it is not about curing them. Rather this therapy views people of being lethargic and exhausted of their lives leading to live an unproductive life.
This theory clearly supports my view as it shows that once a person accepts the circumstances they are in, and surrender control, they can start consciously shaping and changing their own lives. Once a person has understood the meaning of life, experiences suffering, love, loneliness, relatedness, and the awareness of death, one can then clearly see positive change in one’s personality and life. Furthermore, this person, realizes the worth of living his or her life and its meaning, despite the suffering and other factors associated with life in this world.
Carl Rogers, a very famous psychologist and one of my inspirations, emphasized on using the term “client” for people who came to him rather than “patient”, this however was ridiculed by many other renowned psychologists during that time. Rogers explanation for using the name client was because it indicates a responsible person coming for help and not a patient who must be directed. So gradually it became popular and people started to use this word. He stressed over the fact that it is vital for the therapist to be actively involved with the client. He mentioned how he tried to be a companion to his client no matter what feelings he or she were feeling so that their fears go away.
If only there were trained therapists who would make efficient use of this method, results can surely be seen.
About the Author
Iman Jindani is an Occupational Psychologist and Consultant at Learning Minds Group (LMG). She completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Industrial Organization (IO) from University of Texas at Arlington. She offers personal and organizational consulting services for corporates. She can be reached at [email protected]