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									22       MARCH 27, 2005              [1]                                                                                              Life                health                                                                                                     SUNDAY
Depression affects more and more of us on a daily basis - KERRYANNE CLANCY speaks to a dad who found a way out to live a happier life

Small steps to beat the blues
When his marriage broke
down father-of-two ALAN
MAYER, aged 49, from
Downey Street in Hanley,
                                            The truth about depression
found it tough to cope.
Diagnosed with depression,
he decided to seek help for                 ● Work related stress affects     affected. Up to 670,000              billion a year in medication,
himself and discovered a                    about one in five workers.        people in the UK have some           benefits and lost working days.
positive thinking course which              ● Stress-related conditions       form of dementia.                    ● The most common
has changed his life.                       are now the commonest             ● Up to one in four                  symptoms include: feelings of
                                            reported cause of sickness        consultations with a GP              helplessness, feeling useless,
                                            absence.                          concern mental health issues.        constant questioning of

               I STARTED the                ● One in 10 children under        As many as 630,000 people            thoughts and actions, a loss of
               STEPS (steps to              the age of 16 have a mental       are in contact with specialised      energy and the ability to
               excellence      for          health problem. Among 11-         mental health services at any        concentrate, harming oneself,
               personal success)            15-year-olds 13 per cent of       one time.                            sudden loss or gain in weight,
               course on May 10             boys and 10 per cent of girls     ● Depression is a common             sleep disruption and agitation
               last year. It was a          have a mental health problem.     mental illness which is              and restlessness.
six-week course I found out                 ● One in six adults at any one    estimated to affect up to one        ● Treatments include
about through the Media                     time has a mental health          in five Britons at some point in     psychotherapy, anti-
Action Group for Mental                     problem. Maybe as many as         their lifetime.                      depressants, self help groups
Health in Hanley, where I’ve                nine million people are           ● It costs the UK about £8           or electro-convulsive therapy.
been a volunteer for 18 months.
A circular came to the office
and the group put me forward
for it.                                keep myself going too. I gave up         When my mother died that            happiness either, yet I was a
  It’s aimed at people who have        work to look after my children        acted as a trigger.                    person who had always loved
had mental health problems in          but found myself alone in the            When I was diagnosed I was          life.
their life and it helps you begin      house day after day and it            on medication which I was                 So I took a decision to stop
thinking positively  .                 becomes a very lonely place.          very, very grateful for, but I         taking it, but I needed to
  I had been through a divorce           I was diagnosed as clinically       came off it as it wasn’t for me. It    replace it which is when I
and no divorce is good really I .      depressed.                            helped me to relax, but I found        began looking towards support
was the one left with the chil-          When I realised it was becom-       it hard to think and I found I         groups.
dren, a boy and a girl, and I was      ing a problem I sought help.          couldn’t function.                        While I never really lost my
really struggling.                       You cope with life and you             Medication is designed to           self confidence, I had lost my
  My wife leaving me was very          think you’re well, but I was five     keep you on a certain level,           self esteem, but before the
upsetting, but I had to keep the       years depressed and didn’t            which meant while there was            STEPS course I never realised
house running and try and              know it.                              no sadness, there was also no          self esteem was the most
                                                                                                                    important thing.
                                                                                                                       You can blag your way
                                                                                                                    through life with self confid-
                                                                                                                    ence, but when you go through
                                                                                                                    a trauma your self esteem goes.
                                                                                                                    I think completing the course
                                                                                                                    helped me gain that back.
                                                                                                                       It consisted of a series of lec-
                                                                                                                    tures, which sounds boring but
                                                                                                                    you did have to take part in
                                                                                                                    different activities.
                                                                                                                       There are 12 units, and one of
                                                                                                                    them looked at your thought
                                                                                                                    processes, how you arrive at
                                                                                                                    your decisions and what you
                                                                                                                    think about.                           ● Brighter future: Alan Mayer is hoping to get back to work and enjoy life                                          Picture by Jon Bartholomew
                                                                                                                       We also looked at self talk,
                                                                                                                    which is all those little voices
                                                                                                                    in your head about yourself and         I think the most useful thing I     But through the mental            love education and I’ve done               I feel I can talk about any-
                                                                                                                    the messages they are giving          learned is that you’ve got to       health groups I’ve been             several courses, including an           thing now and I don’t think I’ve
                                                                                                                    you.                                  stay on track with a mental         involved with it has been a big     introduction to counselling             got anything to be ashamed of. I
                                                                                                                       We had a saying, ‘if you think     health problem. It’s not            help to realise it is happening     course. Now I want to get back          had a break down and I’m part
                                                                                                                    you can or if you think you           something you’re really ever        to so many others.                  to work.                                way through it. Taking the chil-
                                                                                                                    can’t, you’re right’. Another         cured of, so you need to be           There’s a fine line between         My problem before was that I          dren on is a very tough job, and
                                                                                                                    phrase is, ‘when you want what        aware of it, manage it, and         being cynical and realistic and     tended to take too much on              if you’re not mentally well it’s
                                                                                                                    you’ve never had you must do          watch for problems creeping up      I like to think I’m more of a       board because I cared too much          almost impossible and I don’t
                                                                                                                    what you’ve never done’ — it’s        on you.                             realist now.                        for people, and if I had prob-          know how I came

                                                                                                                    all about stretching your com-          Before I used to get up and         It’s easy to get angry about      lems I tended to push them to           through it. Now I
                                                                                                                    fort zones.                           think everything was wrong.         things when they’re really not      one side but they were always           can look forward
                                                                                                                       The course made me look in         You think what’s happening to       important. Learning is import-      on the back burner.                     to the day I see my
                                                                                                                    different ways at where I was         you isn’t happening to anyone       ant to me now.                        I still feel I’ve got a bit further   daughter get mar-
                                                                                                                    going in my life.                     else.                                 I’m 50 next birthday and I        to go as it’s a difficult process.      ried.

                                                                                                                    A little positive thinking can work wonders
                                                                                                                    POSITIVE         thinking      is     year on anti-depressants. But       you being able to do things. If     courses have been delivered in-            “One of the tips I find most
                                                                                                                    something we all need a little        Sharon Taaffe, programme dir-       you believe you can’t do            house to staff at Health Pro-           useful if I’m feeling angry or
                                                                                                                    bit more of — and now a course        ector for mental health at          something then you can’t do it.     motion, and the course has              stressed, is knowing that you
                                                                                                                    aims to teach us how to put it        Health Promotion, which is          I’ll give you an example: sup-      been tried with people with             can’t hold two conflicting emo-
                                                                                                                    into practice.                        running the STEPS course,           pose, you’re on a bike and you      experience of mental distress.          tions in your head at the same
                                                                                                                      As Mental Health Action             believes we could all benefit       see a stone in the road ahead.         A survey of the people who           time.
 ★                                                                                                                  Week begins, the Mental               from learning how to manage            “You start looking at that       have taken the course reveals              “Therefore, if you’re angry
 New Consultant                                                                                                     Health Foundation is encour-          our own mental well being.          stone in order to avoid it but,     that, in almost all cases, people       you need to have something
                   ★                                                                                                aging us all to exercise our way        Usually run over three days       because of the way our minds        reported an improvement in              which makes you feel calm and
                                                                                                                    to good mental health.                with a maximum of 12 people,        work, you’ll often end up going     their confidence.                       makes you go ‘ahh’. I have a
  John Baskeyfield
                                                                                                                      The STEPS (Steps to Excel-          STEPS has already been used         towards the stone.                     But Sharon is keen to stress         picture of my dog going up a hill
       School ★
                                                                                                                    lence in Personal Success)            within Stoke-on-Trent among            “However, when you learn to      that the course is not therapy .        which does that for me and
★ Thursday 7pm                                                                                                      course hopes to get mental            parents and teachers to help        drive a car you don’t look at the      “We also look at goal setting        helps to break the angry cycle.
   Tel Wendyann                                                                                                     health service users to get           raise the aspirations of young      wall or the pedestrians.            and motivation.                            “When you’re angry your
   01782 680158                                                                                                     their minds in shape with the         people.                             Instead, you look at a spot fur-       “We look at a balance wheel          body releases damaging hor-
          ★       ★
                                                                                                                    help of some practical exer-            “We       became     involved     ther in the distance to help        which is divided up into areas          mones into the bloodstream, so
                                                                                                                    cises of a very different kind.       because we recognised the           keep the car on course. That        of your life such as personal           it’s good for your health to com-
                                                                                                                      Common experiences, such            importance or giving people         happens in other things in life     relationships, work and so on,          bat them and breaking the cycle
                                                                                                                    as relationship break-ups,            the skills to manage their emo-     too. If you visualise things the    then people are asked to put            helps you return to the thing
                                                                                                                    bereavement, financial wor-           tional well being,” says            way you want them to be, men-       themselves on a scale of one to         which is making you stressed
                                                                                                                    ries, and stressful jobs, can all     Sharon.                             tally you start moving towards      five for each, working out              in a calmer frame of mind.”
  MONDAY                                   Bradwell Tel. Dawn 714586                                                act as triggers for depression          “We look at the way people        that picture.”                      where they are now and where
  May Bank                                 Madeley Tel. Jenny 680685                                                and anxiety  .                        think and the way they talk to         The STEPS course was             they want to be. It helps you set
  Tel. Dawn 740074                         Kidsgrove (am & pm)                                                        So, all things considered, it’s     themselves — the course             developed in America and            goals for yourself in those areas       Information: contact Sarah
  Talke Pits                               Tel. Claire 787705                                                       no surprise that in the UK we         teaches you to challenge those      began being used by Health          where you have most work to             Walker about the STEPS course
  Tel. Alison 868252                       Meir Park (am & pm)                                                      spend a total of £570 million a       negative thoughts which stop        Promotion last year. So far two     do.                                     on 01782 400565.
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  Tel. Mandie 316487                       Westlands Tel. Debbie 627924
  Weston Coyney                            Bucknall Tel. Justeen 328256
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  Fenton                                   Tel. Jeff 819159
  Tel. Angie 284977
  Tel. Steph 750652
  Stockton Brook
                                           Cheadle Tel. Ena 269034
                                           Oakhill / Trent Vale
                                           Tel. Sam 719982
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           How do I stop my
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  Clayton Tel. Dawn 714586
  Knutton Tel. Anny 870853
                               Newcastle (am & pm)
                               Tel. Claire 787705
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           breath smelling?
  TUESDAY                      Tel. Mandi 643931                                                                                                                                                                           Dear Doctor,
  Audley Tel. Dawn 714586      Basford (ladies)                                                                                                                                                                            I have a problem with bleeding
  Burslem Tel. Alison 868252
  Chell (am & pm)
                               Tel. Cher 634892
                               Sneyd Green
                                                                                                                          The 3rd Annual North                                                                             gums and bad breath. I use an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           electric toothbrush and dental
  Tel. Nicki 01270 650602      Tel. Eve 874263
  Hartshill Tel. Debbie 627924 Cellarhead
                                                                                                                       Midlands Headache Lecture                                                                           tape, and have been referred to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           a hygienist. What else can I
  Hanley Tel. Kelly 373553     Tel. Eve 874263
  Abbey Hulton                 Blythe Bridge                                                                           Migraine and Womens Issues: Hormones,                                                               One of the most effective
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           approaches is using a treatment            Sarah Brewer
  Tel. Paula 774260            Tel. Louise 314562
                               Fenton Tel. Ena 269034
                                                                                                                     Menstruation, Pregnancy and the Menopause?                                                            known as Gengigel (from
  Sandford Hill
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           pharmacies), which contains                Second Opinion
  Tel. Melissa 315455                                                                                                      FIND OUR MORE REGARDING MIGRAINE IN WOMEN:                                                      hyaluronic acid. This hydrates
  Stone                        Tel. Dawn 714586                                                                                                                                                                            the gums and stimulates
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  Cheddleton                   Tel. Steph 750652                                                                    ● Evidence based Effective Treatments                                                                  promote new gum formation.                 Could this be linked?
                               Longport                                                                                                                                                                                    When used after dental treatment           A ventouse or suction delivery is
  Tel. Eve 874263
                               Tel. Wendyann call 680158
                                                                                                                    ● Self-help measures                                                                                   to remove plaque, Gengigel                 a more gentle form of assisted
                               Forsbrook                                                                                                                                                                                   significantly reduces gum                  delivery than obstetric forceps,
  Longton                      Tel. Melissa 315455                                                                     Wednesday, March 30th 2005 • 7.30 to 9.00 p.m.                                                      redness and inflammation. Use a            and involves applying a suction
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           tongue scraper to remove                   device similar to a sink plunger
  Tel. Mandy 316487                                                                                                        at The Wade Hall, North Staffordshire Medical Institute                                         bacterial accumulations on the             to the baby's head. This helps the
                                                                                                                                  Hartshill, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs. ST4 7NY                                               tongue which can contribute to             doctor pull the baby out as the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           bad odours.                                mother pushes down. As you are
                                                                                                                    Speakers: Dr Brendan Davies, Consultant Neurologist from the                                           Drinking green tea or taking               worried, talk to your health
                                                                                                                              North Midlands Headache Clinic, University Hospital of                                       extracts of an edible mushroom,            visitor who will have a wealth of
                                                                                                                              North Staffordshire and The local Migraine Action Association                                Agaricus bisporus, can help to             advice to offer regarding crying
                                                                                                                              support group                                                                                neutralise bad breath by                   and colic, which may be the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           breaking down malodorous                   problem. Cranial osteopathy is a
                                                                                                                                        Light refreshments will be served                                                  bacterial chemicals. It is also            gentle complementary technique
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           important to drink at least 2              that is often helpful for crying
                                                                                                                      For more details, please contact: the Neurosciences Department on                                    litres of fluid per day.                   babies, and involves gentle
                                                                                                                                                   01782 554689                                                                                                       manipulation of the head to
                                                                                                                         Admission is free but booking is advisable to ensure a place                                      Dear Doctor,                               correct distortions caused by a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           My baby was delivered three                prolonged or difficult birth, and
                                                                                                                                       is held for you (Tel. 01782 554689)                                                 months ago in distress, using              to relieve irritability and colic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ventouse suction. He now cries             which may occur as a result.

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