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Depression

Many people turn to medication as a solution for depression. However, side-effects like violent outbursts and suicidal thoughts are starting to come to light. Medication also 'numbs' us to a certain extent, as it's aim is to dampen high emotion. This unfortunately includes positive emotions. We land up living in a zone of non-feeling, numbed to life. And the main problem is that they serve to only mask the symptoms, NOT deal with the cause. 

Not only that, but antidepressants only work on about a third of patients! Placebo drugs actually have a higher success rate. And more research is coming to light that shows a definite link between suicide and anti-depressants. Not really surprising when the root cause is not actually being treated. 

Here is an insightful article on The Impact of Depression at Work. Depression impairs our intellectual functioning!

And another recent study from Danish researchers: Suicide rates double with antidepressants; drugs being handed out like candy

It is becoming clear that whatever we are doing is NOT WORKING. Therapy and medication are, at best, coping strategies.

People often experience depression either:

  1. Through the experience of a traumatic, life-changing event like the death of a loved one, a divorce or a major life change;
  2. Or they've had a general sense of depression with no apparent origin, that permeates every aspect of one's life

 There are 2 aspects to consider when treating depression:

1. As human beings, we long for love and connection. This is so clearly illustrated in the Rat Park experiment which, although relates to substance abuse and addiction, is highly applicable to depression. (Of course there is a strong correlation between depression and substance abuse - addiction helps us to handle our subconscious pain). Basically, to successfully treat a depressed person, they need to be in a loving and connected environment.

2. Depression, particularly unspecified depression, has been shown to have a direct correlation to the number of Adverse Childhood Experiences from which we suffered. Healing these is usually enough to permanently shift depression. A key Adverse Childhood Experience is having a depressed parent. This sets up a blueprint of depression that we start to feel in our own lives, often from as early as our teen years.

 Testimonials

'I feel like I have stepped out of a dark room into a light open space' - anonymous, JHB, South Africa, after one session - he arrived to the session suicidal.

'From going into an emotional meltdown (that before whould have lasted for hours or even days) to calming down in minutes...' - anonymous, JHB, South Africa.

'My anxiety seems to be more of a memory than a reality' - Justin G, JHB, South Africa - anxiety for over 20 years - after 2 sessions and a workshop. 

'...After our (recoding) session the other day, I woke up the next day feeling really down and hopeless about life - the same-old same-old feeling I always feel. I was too busy to do any work on it so I just left it. The following morning, I knew something had shifted! I woke up with a feeling of deep peace and I would almost call it joy. My hopelessness had completely vanished. But the best is, since that day, I have never experienced that same-old feeling again! It's been 3 months and I wake up every day, live every day feeling great. And it's not like I won the lotto - no circumstances in my life have changed!...' - Vicky W, JHB, South Africa.

'...as the weeks go by with no sign of depression, I am more and more confident that it's gone for real, and less worried about a relapse. A very nice feeling indeed! - Verena S, Cape Town, South Africa

'...I got home from an exam as his (her son) session ended. I hardly recognized him! Bright eyes, smiles and overwhelming awe from the session. Yay! He is positive, motivated and inspired...what a fantastic breakthrough!' - Riana B, JHB, South Africa

This is an interview I did for Hot 919 FM on suicide and depression on Hot 919 FM radio