A depressive disorder is an illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts. It interferes with daily life, normal functioning, and causes pain for both the person with the disorder and those who care about him or her.
Depression is not the same as a passing blue mood. It is not a sign of personal weakness or a condition that can be willed or wished away. People with a depressive illness cannot merely “pull themselves together” and get better.
A common but serious illness
Without treatment, symptoms can last for weeks, months, or years. Depression is a common but serious illness, and most people who experience it need treatment to get better. With appropriate treatment most people who suffer from depression can find ongoing recovery
There is no single known cause of depression. Rather, it likely results from a combination of genetic, biochemical, environmental, and psychological factors.
The earlier treatment begins, the more effective it is
Depression in even the most severe cases is a highly treatable disorder. As with many illnesses, the earlier that treatment can begin, the more effective it is and the greater the likelihood that recurrence can be prevented.
Once diagnosed, a person with depression can be treated with a number of methods. Normally treatments consist of medication and psychotherapy. To these we add education, healthy food and nurturing and healthy living. This holistic approach lessens dependence on medication and will restore you to a place of natural health, balance and happiness.
If you or someone you know is suffering from depression please contact us, we can help.