Most people experience some form of depression over the course of the their lives. The length and severity varies from person to person and is caused by a combination of genetic predisposition and other physiological factors, environment and developmental influence as well as unhelpful thinking habits. Depression can show up as low mood, a sense of hopelessness, loss of appetite, too much or too little sleep, deflated energy levels, and even thoughts of suicide. Depression can be a incredibly painful or even a numbing experience for some.
There is hope – Depression can be treated. For some conditions and some people, medications such as antidepressants may be helpful. However, the importance of psychotherapy, nutrition, physical activity, and social supports cannot be underestimated when it comes to depression. Developing coping skills and restructuring negative thought patterns are often essential ingredients for treatment. For example, instead of thinking, "I am depressed", a person learns to think, "I am experiencing depressive feelings”. The former implies a sense of permanence and identification with depression while the latter allows the space for the feeling to pass just like all feelings eventually do. Stephen applies his training in Mind-Body Therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy to teach skills that allow his clients to get enough distance from their negative thoughts and painful feelings to gain a new perspective and develop healthier thought patterns.
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