Our Experience of Treating Depression – From The Inside Out

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Our Experience of Treating Depression – From The Inside Out

Depression is not something that is talked openly enough about – treating depression is almost one of those clandestine things we do. By keeping treatment a secret means we don’t have to admit we have it, and can potentially avoid judgement that comes with naive and ignorant thinking. Actually mental illness and behavioural disorders in general are very difficult to understand, since it cannot be seen, and may not be properly understood.

It is far more ‘socially acceptable’ to have a broken arm than a broken heart (or feel like that anyways!). Luckily the topic of depression is gaining more focus in mainstream and the awareness of it is definitely on the increase. Mainly because so many people are affected by this affliction.

The CDC (Centres for Disease Control) estimate 1 in 10 Americans are affected by depression (1). The Mental Health Department in the UK (2) state that an alarming 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem, with 1 in 5 older adults experiencing depression and a whopping 10% of children affected by a mental disorder (incorporating depression).

The WHO (World Health Organisation) state that depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and that it is a major contributor to the global burden of disease!

OK, I think you’ve got the picture.

Now let me tell you a story – it’s very personal, and I want to share it with you to help open the dialogue about this, and I hope this will help someone else.

One day this summer – completely randomly, my lovely boy broke down over something relatively trivial. The thing was this was not your ordinary type of breakdown. It was cathartic wailing. His tears and frank pain went on for hours. He could not stop crying. From a boy who rarely cries, this was gut-wrenching to watch. I felt he really needed to get this out, so just stayed with him, holding him. Honestly, I was so scared as well.

He then started verbalising something that chilled me to my core…he was describing the blackness inside of him – how it was enveloping him and taking over – that he felt like he couldn’t do anything about it.

“It felt like that I was dying. I wanted my Dad and Mum. It was like I was on a dark platform”

What surprised me was that he’s a young boy who has never been exposed to the phrase that describes depression of “the black dog” yet this was his exact experience. I knew this was crunch point and that I needed to act. In the past I’d felt he could have been depressed but because I didn’t know what to do about it, I’d kind of ignored it. This time wasn’t to be pushed under the carpet.

He has a wonderful affinity to crystals, and so I got his crystal collection and let him choose out the ones he needed, then he chose the place they should sit on his body, and we allowed them to do their work. This calmed him down some.

Last year we had been taking him to a sand play therapist(3) so we went down to the beach and let him play in the sand. He created a wonderful story in the sand. I think this also has to do with getting grounded (see here for an explanation of grounding(4))

That evening I had a long talk to a couple of friends, and some deep soul searching on what to do next to give him some support through this.

The physical aspect to this is something we are definitely covering in our nutrition plan, so I felt confident that wasn’t it.

Amazingly , just the week before, I recalled my dear friend telling me about  a therapy called The Journey(5). It is a lovely guided meditation by a trained practitioner who takes the client into themselves to heal hurts from the inside to help overcome challenges: physical, mental or  spiritual. This short YouTube clip explains it a bit more

 

Because I don’t believe in coincidences I made a call straight to the Journey therapist I’d been told about. She listened to our story and said she would absolutely love to work with us, so I made an appointment for that week!

To cut a long story short, he has had a massive shift in his thinking and feelings. He has grown emotionally and continues to deal with himself (in a good way). It has lightened up his emotional load and has actually put a smile on his face! His self esteem is growing and his success is coming from the inside, which is beautiful to watch.

Remarkably we haven’t had anymore talk of the ‘blackness’ and I don’t feel like we will for now.

What I’ve learned through all of this is that there may be options for people who have depression outside of the choice of pharmaceuticals. To sort out the chemistry in the body is paramount. Having body chemicals and hormones out of whack is a huge factor in the way we think and behave.

Equally as important, and not to be missed out on, is the importance of our past – our issues, our habits and our spiritual life. Healing deep inner hurts can have profound effects on us and I encourage you to find what may help since this gives lasting healing.

I am really interested to hear your thoughts and experiences so please leave a comment in the section below

 

Yours in peace

 

 

 

PS Just to let you know, my son read this before I posted it, and wanted to add his own quotes as to what it felt like for him. He’s so gorgeous, he wants to help other people too 🙂  (proud Mama moment!)

 

References

1. http://www.cdc.gov/features/dsdepression/

2. http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/help-information/mental-health-statistics/

3. http://www.sandplay.org/about_sandplay.htm

4. http://shelleybelcourt.com/earthing-grounding-what-the-heck-and-why-the-heck/

5. http://www.thejourney.com/

6. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkE9WHU7VqA

Comments
  • Chu Nam
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    That is good result, I only want to add more my opinion that before we use medicine we should try method that is naturally. Because some of them is good and also give good results of some case.

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