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What They Don’t Tell You About Depression

Are you concerned that you may have depression? Or have you been ‘diagnosed’ with depression?

Throughout my years as a coach, I’ve been increasingly concerned with the number of people taking medication to make them feel better.

It seems to be the ‘norm’ to visit a GP and take tablets to help with negative feelings and emotions.

I’m not ‘anti-medication’ but I’m definitely ‘anti-medication’ that doesn’t work.

Throughout the years I have worked with and spent long amounts of time with clients with depression.

When I first began working with such people, I was shocked to find that many had been on anti-depressants for years, yet still felt depressed.

I remember thinking, “Am I the only person seeing this?”. How was it possible that so many were on medication, yet still felt depressed?

I agree that there may be people who do benefit with certain conditions. But there are so, so many taking medication who make no improvement. They spend years taking the same medication and no-one actually ‘sees’ that they are serving no purpose.

I believe the reason that medications often don’t work, is because the root cause is never dealt with.

This is not a judgement, but a reality.

Depression (which I prefer to call ‘overwhelm‘) can be experienced as a result of trauma, bereavement or life circumstances.

Without the right help, people ‘stay stuck’ in their experience. Stuck in their experience, with long waiting lists for psychological help, medication often seems like the only option.

The aim of the medication is to boost chemicals within the brain such as serotonin. What is not common knowledge, is that we can boost this neurotransmitter naturally in ways such as:

  • Exercise – 20 mins of exercise has been showed to boost mood for up to 12 hrs.
  • Massage – a series of studies shows that massage can decrease the stress hormone cortisol by up to 53% and increase serotonin.
  • Being outside in the sun – an Australian study shows that people have higher levels of serotonin on a sunny day.
  • Meditation – just 30 minutes can significantly improve the symptoms of depression by boosting serotonin and lowering blood pressure.

Another ‘natural medication’ that I often prescribe as I help my clients through overwhelm, is kindness.

Encouraging my clients to create Random Acts Of Kindness is powerful and can rapidly increase serotonin levels boosting mood dramatically.

When we suffer from overwhelming feelings, it is easy to become ‘self-focused’; thinking about the needs of another even temporarily shifts attention from ourselves to others.

Creating acts of kindness is an easy and wonderful way to do this. (It also increases social interaction which boosts mood).

If you are suffering from what you feel may be depression, then I’d advise prioritising psychological help, alongside the above mood-boosting tips.

If you would like to work with me personally to overcome overwhelming feelings, then please contact me.

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