The troubling fact is that 37 percent of adults and 60 percent of adolescents suffering from depression receive no treatment of any kind. In many cases that’s because access to care is limited for geographic or financial reasons. But just as often, people don’t get the care they need because they don’t seek it out, or refuse it when offered.
Some people have suffered for so long that they are convinced healing depression is impossible, so why bother trying? For these people, living with depression has become the new normal, with the assumption that they’ll always feel miserable, so it’s best to accept it and muddle on.
If you are one of these people suffering from depression, healing is not only possible, but it’s probable if you are willing to look deeply at all the puzzle pieces that may be currently out of place in your life. Ask yourself, how can you gain control of your diet or your sleep habits? How can you confront your fear, anger, and guilt? Why not examine how a lack of forgiveness is making you ill?
When searching for effective ways to treat and heal from depression, the whole-person model will challenge you to give up false hope in “magic bullets.” It will ask you to work hard, dig deep, and above all, become an active participant in your journey to wellness.
Professional Tip From Dr. Gregory Jantz…
Here are five ways to get started today:
- Begin the process of self-assessment by taking inventory of your life. Look for habits, lifestyle choices, circumstances, emotions, attitudes, and medical conditions that will need more attention as you move deeper into whole-person treatment. Make a word picture of your life. Be honest and courageous. Write down everything that comes to mind.
- Educate yourself. There are ample sources of good information about the merits and pitfalls of common treatments for depression and the value of an integrated approach to healing.
- Talk to your current caregivers. Inquire about the relative strengths and weaknesses of various treatment types. Let them know you are interested in broadening your approach to healing.
- Pay attention to your thoughts and beliefs. Carefully assess what can work and what can’t. Do you secretly scoff at the idea that diet affects mental health? Are you already convinced that other possible addictions—like imbalanced use of technology or shopping or pornography—have no role to play in depression? If so, you’re unlikely to give those things the attention they need in the pursuit of lasting healing. Make a list of such limiting thoughts. About each one, ask yourself: Why do I think this way? Is this the truth? How is it holding me back?
- Write out a history of things you’ve tried already to help you heal from depression. Chances are you’ll see how each attempt to feel better stands apart from others, rarely working together. You’ll also notice all the things you haven’t yet tried, which is great news! It means you’re not out of options after all.
When it comes to your health, you’re in charge. No one knows what you are experiencing as well as you do, and you are also the person with the greatest access to the decisions and behaviors that can have the most significant impact on how you feel. No one can do this for you. By accepting responsibility for your wellness, you will be on your way to optimizing your physical health, and your mental and emotional health too.
For more than thirty years, my team and I have seen the whole-person approach work time and time again, largely because people have taken the responsibility and summoned the courage to ensure their healing and wellness.
The Center • A Place of HOPE specializes in the treatment of depression and has been voted a Top 10 U.S. Depressions Treatment Center. We use a whole-person approach that allows you to discover what is truly going on in your mind, body, and spirit. Contact us today at 1-888-771-5166 and begin the healing process.