The NIMH estimates that globally about 300 million adults suffer from regular depressive episodes. It’s the leading cause of disability worldwide and can lead to further complications with other diseases.
Treatment for depression has been known to be a source of great controversy amongst the medical world. While many people advocate for the use of prescription drugs, there are equally as many (if not more) who contest it in favor of more natural methods. From talk therapy to increasing fitness and nutrition, to meditation, there are SO many natural ways to treat symptoms of depression that it may seem less confusing at first to just take a pill.
While natural methods might not seem as immediate, often over time they prove more sustainable and easier to maintain.
Functional Medicine For Depression
Functional medicine deals not just with these natural methods, but also with discovering the root causes of the illness as well. Functional health professionals believe that to truly treat an illness, one must get to the bottom of it and unravel the source of the issue. This is why things like talk therapy, journaling, and self-introspection can be effective in lifting depression.
Just as we understand that everyone’s experience with depression is different and personal, functional health professionals know that effective treatment for each and every case will vary as well. Depression is especially difficult to treat because it is easy to blame external factors and circumstances for things that may actually be physically imbalanced within the body. Afterall, generating awareness to your own stressors and particular needs is key in order to successfully remove depression from your life.
Studies have shown that yoga and meditation can be extremely effective in lowering the severity of depression when practiced regularly.The idea behind meditation for depression is simply to help the patient draw more awareness to the thought patterns and negative self-talk which often precedes and signifies an episode of depression.
In order to try it yourself, begin by simply sitting or lying down somewhere quiet and peaceful. Start to become aware of your breath and begin to acknowledge as you inhale and exhale. You’ll probably begin to notice a lot of thoughts popping up – that’s okay! Let them be. Just make sure every time this happens you draw your awareness back to the breath.
Enjoy this guided meditation to get started