When I first had the signs of depression back in the late 60’s I had never even heard of depression let alone looked at the options for treatment.
Besides there not being much in the way of treatment, especially outside of conventional treatment…depression wasn’t understood, particularly as a mood disorder.
Even if you did understand what was happening, it would have been something you would never discuss due to the stigma and the possibility of being labeled a “head job”, “Cuckoo” and array of other not so nice names.
It must have been really dire in those decades if you actually had been given the diagnosis of depression. I can only liken it to possibly being told you had a terminal illness.
My depression started when I was 15 – 16 years old.
I am now in my mid 60’s….Eighteen months ago I eventually managed to find that “cure”. The funny thing was, it was there all the time, and I just needed help finding it.
Your road to wellness will be different from mine, involving different healing modalities, time scales.
With different methods, and direction this could lead to your cure or management of depression as well…but all leading to the same destination.
The one element that will need to be the same as mine and is essential, is your input and a change in mindset.
One way to change your mindset is through knowledge.
That knowledge comes through reading as much material and books as you can get your hands.
There are some amazing books out there here are a few I highly recommend.
That ‘cure’ will be your journey.
To maintain your ‘cure’ you may have to keep up with regular mindfulness practice, exercise and diet, or using CBT or homeopathy when needed or the many other options out there.
Depression Treatment Options.
Depression, if left untreated can become your “norm”, and the longer that goes on the harder it is to undo. I speak from experience.
I am not a professional but if there is one bit of advice I can give you is if you think you may or may not have depression, go and get a proper diagnosis.
The earlier on down the line you get help with a proper diagnosis, the more chance you will have of finding the correct treatment for you.
Depression can and is complex, so it’s not one size fits all.
Healing has to be customized to the individual so it can be down to trial and error and quite often not a ‘quick fix’.
The quicker you get on top of your depression the better your chances are of turning it around.
I didn’t start on any sort of treatment until I was in my late 40’s and I was able to turn it around., but it just takes that much longer.
The other very important advice I give you is start on a treatment and stick with it to give it a chance to do its job…. even if or when you are having doubts about its effectiveness.
My example…. I visited a Chinese Herbalist who prescribed me Chinese herbs, (funnily enough) which I had to take three times a day for a period of time.
I foolishly stopped taking these herbs after a month as I deemed they were not working.
It was only when I gave them another try many years later and armed with more information, plus a different herbalist that I realized Chinese Herbs can take any where from three – six months to work.
Fortunately this time I persisted and it was then I started to notice I was getting more good days and feeling better.
As a footnote to this story…unfortunately the downfall for me came when my herbalist went to China to work temporarily on a project out there. He left me with his locum but to my great disappointment she didn’t seem to have the same skill in her prescribing as him.
(He still hasn’t returned.) Turned out not so temporary after all.
Natural Depression Cures.
In most cases therapy will be an option that can have good outcomes. But the type of therapy will be pivotal as will finding a good therapist…in particular one that you can relate to.
Throughout this site you will come to realize that I am a champion of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). It has changed the lives of many thousands for the better (including mine) and possibly millions of others.
My one regret….I wish I had tried this many years ago, but I had the same attitude as many others had then and will now and that is…. “It’s too simple,” my depression is going to need something more comprehensive than CBT.”
Don’t let this be you!!
If you take the same path as me and decide not to take conventional medications and try instead natural modalities i.e. Chinese Herbs, acupuncture, hypnosis, EFT, mindfulness, meditation, therapy, homeopathy, to name but a few, it is going to take time and patience and a belief that there you will get better.
Depression is no different from an illness or condition. Sometimes you can be ‘cured’ or a solution found after time, but it can be dependent on other factors, how complex the problem is, and possibly it will take a few tries and patience to find the right treatment – and particularly how determined you are to beat that Sucker!
So the answer is yes! You can be ‘cured’ of depression, it’s about finding the right treatment and right people for you, but even more importantly…the right attitude from you.
Don’t rule out anything in your venture to be healed, be open to all possibilities, change your negative thinking and be open to changing your mindset.
• Don’t look back.
• Surround yourself with positive people.
• Face the truth.
• Challenge your negative thinking.
• Be kind to yourself and others.
• Never quitting if you fail at something.
The Good Life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination.