In the last five years cutting edge scientific research is confirming that some type of somatic (in the body) work is very helpful for depression. Yoga is wonderful for this. In the Living Inquiries, we work directly with energy and sensation in the body and that can release trauma that is stored in the body as sensation. I have worked with an osteopath releasing trauma stored in my body. There are many treatments available. Our bodies and nervous systems respond in predictable ways to trauma and stress. This is not a personal failure. Please explore and get the help you need to restore health to your system.
About 11% of men and 16% of women in Canada will experience major depression in the course of their lives. Depression can limit your quality of life, affect relationships, lead to lost time from work or school and contribute to other chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart diseases. Sometimes it leads to suicide. Fortunately, for most people, depression can be treated effectively.
Major depression is a clinical term used by psychiatrists to define a time period that lasts more than two months in which a person feels worthless and hopeless.
Many factors contribute to the development of major depression. An individual may be genetically predisposed to depression, and his or her risk can be increased by several external factors. They include: death or illness of a spouse, friend or family member; difficulties at work or with a personal relationship; low self-esteem; financial difficulties and addictions.
Depression is an illness that can be treated. The first step in the recovery process is to recognize that it is an illness, not a sign of personal weakness. Learning that you are not alone, that help is available, is often the start of recovery for many people with depression.
Each individual is unique, requiring a different approach to recovery. The most common and successful treatment is psychological counseling, combined with anti-depressant medication.
Support from family, friends, co-workers and self-help groups can also make a big difference in how well and how quickly the person with depression recovers.