Depression Treatment: It’s a Brain Thing
Posted on December 20, 2016
One night, we got a call from a young woman, the kind of woman you’d never think would want to kill herself. She was wealthy. She was beautiful. She was young. She was six months pregnant. And that night, she wanted to die. For years, severe depression had taken such a hold over her that she’d nearly forgotten what it was like to wake up without feeling deep sadness, anger and pain. Without imagining ways to take her life.
We’ll call her Anna.
Anna couldn’t take it anymore.
Depression can strike anyone, and as we’re seeing, it strikes a lot of young adults, in ways that are just as debilitating. Many seek traditional depression treatment: medication, counselling. The family—unable to see the organ that’s the source of depression symptoms, the brain—begs them to Buckle down. Try harder. Get through it. But it doesn’t work like that. Contrary to popular belief, depression treatment isn’t a willpower thing. It’s a brain thing.
Unlike other programs, everything we do is designed to improve the health and balance of the brain to relieve the painful symptoms of depression, and help clients recover.
Fortunately, Anna found us and phoned us.
The First Step: Balancing and Restoring the Brain
When there’s a virus on your computer, your computer malfunctions. You’re your brain experiences trauma—physical or emotional—your brain becomes imbalanced, and it doesn’t function properly.
For some, imbalances in the brain result in depression. But here’s a key point: It’s not a chemical imbalance. It’s a functional imbalance. Thanks to growing research in support of neuroplasticity, we now know that brain function and balance can be improved. And when it is, those feelings of despair can be overcome.
So, how do balance and optimize the function of the brain?
- Advanced, proprietary neuro-balancing technology. It’s safe, non-invasive, and works by soothing the brain and releasing stuck brainwave activity, and it provides invaluable insight into your brain’s activity patterns.
- Targeted, personalized treatment based on what we know about your unique symptoms and your brain’s activity patterns.
- Fitness & nutrition. Nearly all of our serotonin comes from the gut, so we put an incredible emphasis on your ‘second brain’— your gut.
“…The good bacteria in a healthy gut are not squatters enjoying free food and lodging. They factor into risk not just for brain disorders and mental illness, but also for cancer, asthma, food allergies, metabolic conditions…and autoimmune disease due to their direct and indirect influence on various organs and systems. Put simply, they are in charge of your health.”
–Dr. David Perlmutter
Author of Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain
To give you the good bacteria you need to achieve wellbeing, we invest in professional chefs who serve handmade, organic, paleo-ketogenic meals specifically to suit your nutrition and brain balance needs.
And then we get you to use your energy to help combat depression symptoms with your very own medicine—your body in motion.
John Ratey, PhD, a Harvard professor, has written extensively about scientific research that suggests the connection between depression and the eroded brain connections can cause depression symptoms. And that one thing re-establishes those connections: Exercise.
“If everyone knew that exercise worked as well as Zoloft, I think we could put a real dent in the disease.”
Author of SPARK, the Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain
The Next Step: a Path to Wellbeing
What we’ve learned in our years providing residential depression programs is that first we have to focus on restoring the mind and body. And then we have to tackle the spirit. For us, that means our life coaches helping people discover their purpose—the thing will allow you to make the most of your passion and talents, and bring you lasting joy.
Through the daily practice of yoga, meditation, creativity therapy and other kinds of experiential therapy, we help you make positive new connections in the brain.
Let’s go back to Anna. Before she came to us, she rarely slept and if she did, it was fitful. Now, she was easily falling asleep in minutes and enjoyed and an entire night’s rest. Then, she woke up before her alarm clock.
She began reading, and was rarely without a book. She took to sketching and painting, her images took on colours: red, violet, turquoise.
The anger, the sadness, the self-harm, the eating issues, they all took a step back. Eventually, they became a thing of the past.
Last, we employ what’s known as the Science of Happiness, aka Positive Psychology, to help people cultivate gratitude and meaningful relationships, simplify, and accept painful emotions as part of human life. Your life, as Positive Psychology creator Tal Ben-Shahar puts it, is your sandwich to make:
“When we look beyond our habitual ways of seeing things, we are often surprised by the many delicious ingredients from which we can choose to make our own sandwiches. Our freedom to choose among the raw materials as well as among different possible responses to any given situation makes us co-creators of our reality. So what kind of reality do you want to create for yourself?”
Author of Choose the Life You Want: 101 Ways to Create Your Own Road to Happiness
Are you looking at depression treatment options because you or a family member is suffering from depression? Our brain health-focused programming creates a lasting path to recovery that’s easier and takes less time. Get help now.