BBC Interviews Psychotherapist Regarding Hidden Depression in Sport

As More Depression Suffered by Sports People Comes to Light, Psychotherapy Can Be Used to HelpĀ Alleviate it

In an interview with the BBC Breakfast team this morning, Philip Hodson, a British psychotherapist spoke of the difficulties sports men have suffering from depression. He talked of the highs and lows experienced within the sporting industry and the pressure to succeed and the devastation of not reaching expectations.

Particularly with male sportsmen he mentioned the ‘machismo’ that prevents them discussing their depression and mental health issues with others, including mental health professionals such as psychotherapists or counsellors. He also mentioned that women are twice as likely to talk about and seek help for depression than men, whereas men were three times more likely to kill themselves as a result of suffering mental health difficulties.

Feelings of shame or being unusual or weak for feeling depressed often stops men from seeking support but Hodson wished to make the point that, aside from the depression experienced by sufferers of bi-polar, everyone will suffer a depression at some point in their lives which could be related to any event experienced, for example, bereavement.

This interview took place in advance of Freddie Flinfoff’s documentary on the BBC tonight (Freddie Flintoff: Hidden Side of Sport) concerned with depression amongst leading sports people.

The psychotherapists at The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice in London will support and work with you to look into what lies behind your depression and thereby help you gain a clarity and understanding of confusing thoughts and feelings.