Depression can feel like many things – sadness, loss of interest, fatigue in your mind and body. It also may include sleeping more than what’s normal for you, as well as social isolation. Depression can be short-lived, long-term and can tend to seep in when you least expect it. Additionally, depression can be situational anywhere from a loved one dying, a divorce, a loss of a friendship, work, and countless other losses.
More and more, studies are showing that depression can be an imbalance throughout our bodies. There is a connection to gut issues, inflammation, and nutritional deficiencies.
Sometimes, however, depression can be a gap between what we really value and not implementing those values into our lives – whether it be family, friends, work, health, etc. As an example, perhaps one of your values is to be a loving, caring parent. If you are having difficulty finding a balance in your life – between work, extended family, care of your home – you may feel you are not living your value of a caring, loving parent. That can leave you with a sense of self-doubt, not being able to do it all. That can be a stimulus to depression.
Depression is also considered a defense mechanism. That defense mechanism is internalized at an early age. We may use depression to protect ourselves from feelings that, when growing up, were considered unacceptable to express. You, then in turn, move into depression when, in fact, you may be feeling core emotions: anger, fear, sadness, disgust, joy, excitement, and sexual excitement. Those emotions are difficult for you to access and express.
I believe the opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality. With vitality comes energy and liveliness. With depression therapy that sense of vitality will help you participate in setting goals, explore self-care plans, etc. In other words, having the energy to take action to manage your negative emotions and alleviate symptoms of depression.
Together, we can customize a plan for you to identify what you need, gain insight, and take action to overcome your depressive state. Part of the plan may include other modalities as well – medication, reiki, a self-compassion practice, meditating and nutrition education. These are a few ways for you to understand, heal and grow.