Lis Horwich investigates whether the most effective way of treating depression is through treatment of the human or the illness.
The Big 'D' Word
Depression is a vast subject and I am by no means a specialist as I do not have a Ph.D. in psychology. Neither am I a doctor or nurse but I have read extensively on depression over the last 25 years and this has lead me in the direction of exploring, writing and talking about the big “D” word. It is hard within our western culture to do so but we must dispel this taboo by more discussion.
Robert Holden, a world-wide known Happiness Coach, answered my question after his talk on Loveability: “What is your message on depression?” He replied, “Depression is a far too wide description of an illness, we need to find what lies behind. Why is the person seeking to be loveable?” Likewise, Eckhart Tolle, spiritual teacher, writes: “Depression is essentially rage turned inwards… anger, fear, sadness and hurt”.
Causes of depression are numerous: hormonal imbalances, negative personality, addiction, toxicity, trauma, low self-acceptance, bullying, work stress, nutritional imbalance, food intolerances, genetic disposition, imbalance in brain biochemistry. There will be myriads of triggers starting a depressive episode; loneliness, bullying, sleep loss, lack of exercise, lunar/astrological influences, feeling fatigue or being a highly sensitive person. The symptoms are often noted as emotional up and downs, neediness, developing abnormal mental habits, lack of interest in life, fatigue symptoms, lack of affections and anxiety.
Treatments offered for depressions are thankfully increasing at an ever expanding rate. Today we have a range of holistic treatments: mindfulness, light therapy, homeopathy, DBT (dialectal behavioural therapy) and many nutritional supplements. Orthodox medical treatments still include the same chemical medicines.
However, we need to treat the human being, not a disease. Many spiritual teachers and experienced holistic practitioners will suggest a variety of ways to work with depression. Eckhart Tolle suggests that we love the NOW and to be aware that our thoughts make us suffer, we need to learn how to manifest love. Sufferers could seek help from a well recommended medium or clairvoyant, read the myriads of books- often written by survivors of depression. The next step may feel like a very tall staircase but it leads to a place of freedom from depression. Follow the steps, seek help, attend workshops to find purpose in life and learn how to see good in everything. Remember, positivity is a choice.
My largest emotive factor, which lead me to write about this “dark” subject, is the shadow of depression-suicide. We may all know or know of somebody who has committed suicide and therefore seen or felt the consequences and devastation following such a traumatic death. Statistically one four people has or will experience a period or even a life of depression. Is this how it should be or can we find ways to change it? Over 4,000 people end their own lives in England each year. At least 10 times that number attempt suicide.
Life Retuning, my latest and most exciting modality, is a highly effective treatment for emotional, mental and physical discomfort. It is not a talking therapy but combines the laws of quantum physics with ancient esoteric knowledge. Life Retuning reads the human energy field as information and identifies self-limiting behaviour that can be deactivated to remove emotional problems. Clients feel a cloud lifts from their lives after a treatment, often they cannot even remember or feel the emotions related to the problem or trauma.
We can and must help people who are suffering with depression.
The Holistic Life Coach
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