Depression can be simply defined as experiencing feelings of severe despondency and dejection. In a given year, more than 14 million American adults suffer from Depression. Depression is common, serious, and very difficult to live with. Fortunately, there is hope. Depression is actually very treatable.

“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.”
-Victor Hugo

This is a beautiful video created by a polish photographer and filmmaker named Kat. She does a thorough job of describing the severity of how Depression affects a person and the need for treatment in order to find a way out of it.

So how can I treat my Depression?

As stated previously, depression is treatable. Depression can be optimally treated using a holistic approach, combining individual therapy, group therapy, medication or neurofeedback, lifestyle changes (especially around diet, exercise, and sleep), and finding purpose in your daily life and perhaps life, overall. In individual therapy, I use Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to help modify behaviors and make positive changes, and I use Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to address underlying trauma that may be contributing to the depressive state. I also highly recommend doing  neurofeedback in conjunction with individual therapy for optimal results.

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