Some come to me with the official diagnosis of depression while others feel helpless by their negative, pessimistic outlook. People with depression report being “sad, without a reason” and being in a “rough patch that does not seem like it will end." Unlike sadness, depression is not about a situation or circumstance. Depression is a person’s outlook on life.
Numb and sad
Many people who are depressed have tried many therapies, seen countless doctors, and tried supplements with some or little result. Many have been blamed for their own condition and so have learned to hide their malaise and isolate from family and friends. A depressed person can be confused about what to do next and may be afraid to tell people about their depression for fear of judgment.
The cause of a person’s depression can be as unique as the individual, but depression has several components:
1. Mental -- the way someone thinks and therefore perceives their circumstances.
2. Energetic -- how a person’s field is set up to receive, hold and disperse energy.
3. Physical -- neurotransmitter levels impact a person's mood.
4. Behavioral -- the repeated patterns that a person engages in that initiates and maintains a poor mood.
An overload of feelings not felt can clog the system making it difficult for us to make sense of information and stimuli. Unfelt grief, rage, and negativity can overload our systems. While it may have once been unacceptable to express ourselves, we must now give ourselves permission to feel so that we may heal.
Releasing these trapped emotions through expressive movement and breath can unlock trapped energy that causes the life force to be blocked. When released, we gain greater access to wellness.
Self-destructive beliefs need to be uprooted, examined and released. “I am not worthwhile," “Life is empty and meaningless,” and “I don't belong here” are examples of beliefs that are common with depression. Once energetically released, a person can almost immediately come out of a dark place.