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Healing Depression

The Somatic Science approach to major depressive disorder (MDD) and its related dysfunctions is holistic and somatically oriented.
 
We faithfully attend to:
  • diet
  • exercise
  • sunlight
  • sleep
  • spirituality
  • continued psychological, medical and social support, as needed
 
It is ordinary that contemporary therapeutics fail to treat MDD. The only known helpful appproaches use a variation on body-based, physiologically understood clinical methods that see the person as a whole and complex interrelation of biochemistry, neurophysiology, behavior, emotion and thought.
 
Our integrated Depression Recovery Program
 
Learning how to care for your mind and body is not what changes you. It is actually doing it. As you actively participate in mending your body, the mind slowly began to heal. We now know that one cannot blame all the depressive problems on biochemistry.  Caring for your body physically and changing your thoughts will change your biochemistry. It is as inevitable as water flowing downstream.
Our approach in healing depression emphasizes:
 
+ Isolating the origins of
   depression as trauma
+ Identifying and correcting the
   thoughts that generate and
   support the depressive persona(s)
+ Identifying and processing the
   emotions that support the depressive
   persona(s)
+ Identifying and allowing the
   sensations that generate the
   depressive persona(s)
+ Identifying the behaviors that re-enact
   the depressive persona(s)
+ Decoupling the above elements from
   each other
+ Re-negotiating physiological
   dysfunction via therapeutic touch
+ Referrals to expert clinicians
   specializing in nutrition
+ Supporting the shift in identity from
  "my depression " to "myself and my
   goals"
+ Resourcing to the pleasant
   sensations, emotions, memories,
   behaviors and meaning in the client's
   life
+ Coaching and resourcing to deal with
   periodic emotional variability

 

Each year, 13 million to 14 million adults (6.6% of the population) in the United States suffer with major depressive disorder (MDD). Likewise, the 16% lifetime prevalence rate for MDD indicates how pervasive an illness it is. Not only does this illness cause severe symptoms and impaired function, it costs US society tens of billions of dollars each year.

 

– Kessler RC, Berglund P, Demler O, et al. The epidemiology of major depressive disorder: results from the National Comorbidity Survey Replication (NCS-R). JAMA. 2003;289:3095-3105

- Wang PS, Simon G, Kessler RC. The economic burden of depression and the cost-effectiveness of treatment. Int J Methods Psychiatr Res. 2003;12:22-33.