Does any of this sound familiar?
You don’t want to get out of bed, ever. You feel like you have no energy during the day. Your mind is unfocused and slow. Your body hurts and you want the pain to stop. You feel worthless and empty inside. You don’t believe this will ever end and feel consumed by hopelessness. You’re withdrawing from friends and family. You feel alone and scared.
If this has been going on for some time it’s likely you’re stuck in a depression. Even though you feel alone, nearly seven percent of the population suffers from depression. Medical science has made some strides with treatments, but clearly if such a large population of people still suffer from it there’s a missing link.
Why do I feel this awful and what’s the missing link?
Depression is similar to other mood issues. It surfaces from a constellation of causes. You have imbalances in your body, mind and the relationships around you. Once you identify those imbalances and resolve them, you can feel better, move on with your life, and even attain goals you never have before.
Often the body has physical issues that need attending to. For instance, your digestive tract may be injured leading to malnutrition and inflammation in the body. You may also have neurotransmitter imbalances in the brain. And your sleep cycle may be impacting you.
Many of the causes in your body are lifestyle based and we can address them in therapy. But there are usually some issues that need a holistic medicine intervention in order to resolve them properly. In this case, I always refer clients to other treatment providers so you have the appropriate treatment team in place.
The mind is absolutely vital in the treatment of depression. If you feel as if you are disconnected and have no purpose, it’s a signal that you have disconnected from the deeper parts of yourself. By accessing your unconscious mind, we can explore who you truly are, what’s most important to you, and your purpose in this world. However, disconnection is only one of many issues that consumes the mind during a depression. Low self-esteem, shame, guilt, suicidal thinking and fear typically reside day-after-day. Through a series of powerful cognitive and somatic exercises, you can balance the mind and experience joy again in your life.
Depression and problematic relationships almost always go hand-in-hand. Most people with depression report issues in their marriage, with their children, or having adversity when they were a child. Through relationship repatterning and trauma resolution techniques you can learn to get the support you need from those around you and have a community of people that you love and trust.
Some people also feel as if there is a spiritual link to what’s causing their depression. If this is the case we can explore what may have occurred during some type of spiritual exploration and the best way to integrate any spiritual experiences.