Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. Over decades of healing experience, I describe here what I see energetically, in addition to my 70 years of life experience. These are solely my own observations.
There are various ways to combat depression, depending on its severity and origin.
One thing everyone can do on their own is work on breaking the loop of energy causing the cycle of vibrational imbalance. You can do this by searching for a positive vibration within yourself and around people within your environment. We can always find something negative about another person, but looking for good in the other helps us practice looking for the good within ourselves.
Of course, amid depression, that’s the last thing you feel like doing. The reality is each person is different, each event is different, and how each person perceives is different. You can listen to the instructions on how to override the effects of your depression, but it’s another thing when you HAVE depression to muster the will to activate any of those techniques. Instead, what comes out of you is, “Yes, I know how to do that, but s***, I shouldn’t have to! The Universe should always make me feel comfortable!”
That’s just human nature.
When you’re in a deep state of depression, your brain will always dismiss what anyone tells you. When you’re dealing with enormous waves of emotion, it’s extremely difficult to make a breakthrough - especially when everyone is telling you to pick yourself up by your bootstraps. “Why are you depressed? There is so much life has to offer.”
Depression needs to be looked at in a much deeper way. We need to look at the person’s individual environment, in addition to their judgment of themselves in relationship to expectations of self and of the society. The question they are asking underneath it all is, “Why am I different?”.
Eating healthy foods, exercising, possibly taking certain herbal supplements can sometimes balance out your brain chemistry and alleviate depression; but again, it all depends on the person and the circumstances. There are studies that show exercise can give you the same results as an antidepressant, but with excellent side effects. Spending time in nature can restore and rejuvenate you.
The advice of getting out into society by volunteering and helping others is excellent advice, regardless of depression; but truthfully, it doesn’t do a lot for depression. It can give you a temporary lift in self-esteem, but it doesn’t get to the core of the issue (it will certainly help you, though, if the basis of your depression is loneliness).
Antidepressants sound like a great idea on the surface: take a pill to balance your brain chemistry, and POOF, no depression! I don’t doubt the sincerity of the researchers who are trying to formulate medications for depression, but it really shows the arrogance of the pharmaceutical giants to think they can do that. They’re going to control and balance your blood chemistry! Exactly how are they going to do that when there are infinite factors involved in just the alchemy of blood.
There are people who believe antidepressants have totally balanced their brain chemistry and they’ve never felt better. For those who do find success with antidepressants, it’s like winning a jackpot: the rare instances of antidepressants balancing blood chemistry. But again, people win lottery jackpots each week, so it can be done. They’ve found their “magic pill”, but millions of others don’t.
I’m not discouraging anyone from taking medication, but I think doctors should be more honest with their patients as to what antidepressants can and cannot do for them. Over the last couple of decades and thousands of clients, my observation is that antidepressants don’t seem to help most people with depression, as it can’t make you perceive or “see” differently (not to mention all the scary side effects from them).
What antidepressants do for most people is deaden their perception and their feelings.
Truthfully, that may just be want some people want and need. Some people just need to get through the day - get to work, go home and take care of their kids. Sometimes antidepressants can help an individual from thinking about suicide. In those cases, how can anyone recommend that another shouldn’t take an antidepressant?
They shouldn’t be shamed or guilted for seeking out medication. If it works for them, it works.
One of the major problems I’ve observed with antidepressants is that they eventually end up being ineffective, as the brain inevitably overrides them. A different antidepressant is then prescribed, which takes another 6 weeks for your body to adjust. I’ve had clients who cycled through many different antidepressants and still could not find relief, feeling worse and more hopeless with each new medication.
Your brain will find a way to justify being miserable until you deal with the underlying issues.
In years past, psychiatry treated depression mainly with psychotherapy (talk therapy). But according to a December 2021 study in the American Journal of Psychiatry, it’s become increasingly rare for patients to receive talk therapy at all (unless you have the money to pay for it without insurance). Instead, most doctors now solely prescribe antidepressants, typically seeing patients only for “medication management”.
With a skilled practitioner (whether a counselor, therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, etc.), talk therapy can be incredibly helpful as a treatment for depression. If the practitioner can make a breakthrough with the client, it can change their life; but this takes much skill and intuitive knowledge on the part of the practitioner.
The best practitioners are actually doing a form of energy healing, but don’t realize it (or can’t admit it). They listen and feel the energy and words coming from the patient; and when the energy and the words are in sync, they see the doorway to make a breakthrough. That is the point of talk therapy: changing the perception of self.
But all of this takes highly attuned intuition, and that’s a natural talent - not something you learn in school.
Too many practitioners listen to your words and follow a chart to see what they should talk about next. Everyone is unique, and their treatment should not be “one-size-fits-all”. If you can find a highly skilled and intuitive practitioner of talk therapy, they can help you tremendously in dealing with depression.
We get depressed because we unknowingly practice the specific energies of depression – the “blues” - and these are the energies depressed people are most familiar with. The problem is that we wait for society to bring us out of the blues; but when our family, friends and neighbors are not able to help us create happier and more joyful vibrations, most people revert back to depression (or never get out of it).
We can’t wait for others to create the happier frequencies. Simple things can help us, like focusing on the smile of a child or a cute puppy, while just letting ourselves feel the beauty and innocence. That alone can get our cells to vibrate at frequencies other than depression.
There are many facets of self, and we practice depression when we allow only one facet of self to be dominant. A good energy worker can help you change your perception of self and help your body create other more positive frequencies than the frequency of depression.
(If you are interested in learning how energy frequencies help cause depression, please read last week’s blog, “Why We Suffer From Depression”.)