Fault and Blame – Dealing with Depression
The German Wings plane crash incident was one that frightened the world. To think that we could all be subject to the whims of one distressed individual, in a desperate enough situation to take their own life, is truly terrifying. However, when further information was revealed that the pilot was one who was dealing with depression, further questions were asked.
A recent article in the popular press looks at the psychology of blame. It suggests that as a society we are quick to jump to conclusions and countermeasures, which often creates an environment where we’re simply waiting for the next disaster to happen.
There is a mind-set within the oil industry that can also be applied to the aviation industry here; an accident is never an isolated situation, but rather the result of a chain of events. Human beings have a low tolerance for uncertainty, which means that when a difficult situation occurs then there is often a tendency to look for the most obvious answer and to try and find the quickest possible resolution for any situation. The result of this behaviour can often be the implementation of measures that simply deal with one maximised issue rather than looking at the wider picture.
For instance, if there had not been problems with terrorists on aircraft, would there have been locking systems on every aircraft that are capable of isolating the cockpit from outside intrusion? And is this the very mechanism that allowed the pilot of the German Wings flight to fly the plane into a mountain?
When you have a culture that is fuelled by the twenty four hour news channel, which replays incidents repeatedly, imprinting the horror on the subconscious of viewers without respite, is it any wonder people want answers? These shows often recruit armchair experts and academics, who are extremely knowledgeable about very small subject areas. These individuals often create a focus on a single issue rather than putting any situation with a wider context.
Who and what therefore could prevent this situation? It seems that if you put pressure on people with mental problems often they are less likely to seek help. Depression is often a symptom of a wider psychological malady that is linked to low self-esteem and self-worth in a cyclical relationship. Individuals suffering from these problems are often not inclined to come forward as they are frightened of losing their jobs. This recent situation with the German Wings pilot has done little now to help this situation.
The answer is that any response to a tragedy or accident has to be approached with a degree of dispassionate logic. Rather than laying fault solely at the door of one individual who was suffering from a known medical condition, other factors that have facilitated this tragedy should be considered.
If you are dealing with depression in the workplace or in any other areas of your life, there are solutions beyond going to the doctor and taking pills to ease your anxieties. CBT, ACT, mindfulness and hypnotherapy, when combined can create a powerful system of self-evaluation and healing that can create a new mind set and method for escaping this mental illness.
Would you like to find out more about how CBT could help you deal with depression? The first step on the journey to a happier and more balanced life is setting up a free consultation session where we can talk through the different options available to you. The therapeutic sessions that I offer are not a lifetime’s commitment to change, but rather a results orientated method that will show real results in six to eight sessions.