Depression - new insights

When Irish research psychologist, Joe Griffin published his theory of dreaming (or more specifically, the function of REM sleep) in 1997, English psychologist Ivan Tyrrell, took particular notice. He had been investigating the connection between the massive increase in rates of depression; the number of therapeutic methods in use; and the rise in anti-depression prescription rates. Tyrrell concluded that as they were all rising together, there had to be some fundamental misunderstanding as to what depression actually is and the best way to deal with it.

Griffin's comprehensive explanation of why humans dream shed light on why depressed people dream a lot, and this led to a better understanding of depression.

Griffin and Tyrrell collaborated in examining the hundreds of different therapeutic methods currently in use to lift depression. They referred to the wealth of brain research of recent years, and using original discoveries as well as the therapeutic wisdom of other cultures and times, were able to explain the methods that were somewhat effective, and discard what research had shown to be ineffective.

Griffin and Tyrrell's work stripped away a lot of assumptions and half-truths to reveal a set of 'givens'; bedrock truths that enabled new insights to emerge. These insights have led to a new approach to emotional health in general, and a fast and effective way to lift depression in particular.

The background to the human givens approach, as well as an explanation of the link between dreaming and depression is provided in the introductory seminar Introducing the HG approach

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