Depression is a complex condition to treat, but if addressed holistically, results are truly phenomenal. Very often the person also suffers from anxiety, PTSD or other so-called ‘mental illnesses’. In a holistic model of treatment, these can be addressed simultaneously.
Dealing with depression is one of the most rewarding aspects of what I do, and the condition I most love to work with. I am filled with gratitude to watch clients who sometimes can’t even get out of bed, unfurl from a closed little bud to a full, blooming rose – and go on to live lives of purpose and joy! Especially with late teens and young adults. An entire life of potential ahead of them opens up – one without prescription drugs and uncontrollable emotions!
Dr. Peter Breggin, long time detractor of pharmacological drugs to treat depression, points out that depression and elation are among the most common human experiences. And yet depression is seen as a ‘mental disorder’ – as if there is something wrong with you if you are down or anxious for an extended period of time. This period of time, of course, is determined by each medical professional as to whether it qualifies as depression or not.
Why is this important? If depression is treated from the standpoint of a ‘disease’, both the methodology and the outcome are very different. The sufferer is seen as a ‘patient’ – a passive experiencer of a condition that needs medication (usually lifetime). Seen as a complex condition with several contributing factors, is a useful change of perspective for the sufferer. Treatment now becomes analysing the factors, and dealing with them one-by-one. The client feels empowered, and involved in their own healing journey.
There is no blood test for depression. The idea that it is a chemical imbalance in the brain has been long disproven (see The Emperor’s New Drugs and Toxic Psychiatry for more.) And as is becoming more commonly known, the risk of suicide for people under the age of 18 doubles in those taking antidepressants.
Here are some other side-effects of these drugs: anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, insomnia, irritability, aggressiveness, impulsivity, akathisia (uncontrollable fidgeting), and hypomania/mania. Sometimes, these drugs are prescribed not for depression, but to treat these very symptoms! How does this make sense?
Depression is often the normal result of a tragic event, or events, that happened in our lives. Sometimes, however, these events occurred in our childhood and because of the way the brain works, the sufferer has never been able to let them go.
Having a parent who suffered from depression or observed trauma can also set up a pattern of depression. This depression is not hereditary in the sense of being a genetic condition. It is more a ‘childhood blueprint’ response to the behaviour of the depressed or traumatized caregiver. Childhood blueprint operates at the level of the subconscious mind. Addressing and rewriting this needs specific techniques that work at the subconscious level. These little-known techniques are one of my areas of specialisation.
There can also be an element of ‘human despair’ in depression. This is a response to what the sufferer perceives about themselves, the world around them or even other people. This can tie into lack of purpose and loss of hope.
All of these emotional factors have to be addressed when treating depression holistically.
There are a number of physical factors that can cause or contribute to depression. A disturbed gut microbiome; lack of specific nutrients; and high levels of inflammation in the body are 3 of the biggest contributors.
Physical and lifestyle issues can contribute to depression, including nutrient deficiency or the wrong foods for a specific body type, lack of exercise, a high toxicity burden, and electromagnetic frequency overload. These are complex issues – each individual has their own biochemically individual response to different foods and even types of exercise. For example, exercise on its own has been proven to help depression sufferers. But if the wrong type of exercise is recommended, and lack of motivation isn’t addressed, this won’t work.
This is why depression is a complex condition and needs to be addressed on multiple levels.
My unique and highly supportive Depression Protocol has produced incredible results with clients. It is a 12-week journey, with 3 months of ongoing support following. We address all the specific contributing factors, and set you up for a flourishing life. Your depression becomes a thing of the past – and doesn’t return!
For in-depth information on how the Depression Protocol works, and to answer any questions you may have, you are welcome to book a complimentary online consultation with me. (If you are the parent of an 18-25 year old, please book 2 consultations – one for your child first so I can assess where s/he is at, and one following that, where I discuss how I work with you.)
Together, we will
- create a crystal clear vision of what becoming depression-free can look like for you;
- uncover the hidden challenges that are keeping you from doing so;
- and leave the call renewed, inspired and energised to make it happen.