PTSD And Depression – Is Trauma Locking Your Client In Depression?

Why lifting a traumatic memory brings rapid progress in your depressed client

Here are three reasons why unresolved trauma may tip someone into clinical depression.

1. High-stress levels

Depression rides off the back of anxiety and stress. All depressed people are pumped so full of the stress hormone cortisol that eventually they become exhausted, and feel hopeless and powerless. Without heightened stress levels in the body, there cannot be depression.

Sustained or chronic stress leads to:

  • elevated levels of cortisol (the ‘stress hormone’), and