Worldwide, over 350 million people suffer from some form of depression. This includes feelings of sadness, dullness, not being able to cope with life, not being able to keep up. More often than not, there seems to be no direct cause for these feelings of depression. It may also be that depressive episodes keep coming back. During a severe depression you may feel like you don’t want to live anymore. It may even be that these feelings become so overwhelming that they lead to suicide. What a terrible form of suffering!
The real problem lies beneath the depression
What is hiding beneath those terrible feelings of depression? Depression is, as it were, a blanket, shielding us from old repressed pain caused by our early childhood experiences. As a child, we were completely dependent on our caregivers to fulfill all our needs. However, for caregivers, it is impossible to continuously meet all the needs of a child. As a result, sometimes a child lies alone, crying, or his fears are ignored or laughed off, or a child is fed at steadfast regular intervals instead of being fed when he gets hungry. All commonplace, seemingly innocent things to adults, but to children, those things are crushing. Too big to process. Therefore, we (unconsciously) repress these painful experiences so that they disappear from our consciousness. As a consequence, we live imprisoned in five illusions that make us believe that our problem is in the here and now. Depression is one of those five illusions, in other words, defenses, namely the Primary Defense.
So feelings of depression basically act as a 'cover' to keep away the repressed pain of the past (the 'cesspool'). When you are in Primary Defense, you would tell yourself for example that you are no good, that you cannot cope with your life, that you are too stupid, fat, ugly, that nobody loves you. Emotions and thoughts that make you believe that it is all your fault, that there is something wrong with you. This allows you to keep the actual pain, that, as a child, you did not get what you needed, in your unconscious (keep the lid on the cesspool).
What is the way out?
Successful treatment of depression seems difficult to achieve to date. Many people take medication and receive treatment to keep the feelings 'in check'. PRI has been successful in treating depression over the past fifteen years because it works on the layer underneath the depression. Your therapist will teach you how you can get access to this old repressed pain and this old reality so that it no longer needs to be repressed. In this way, the reason behind these feelings of depression will disappear: they are no longer needed!