Depression Around the Holidays

rockwell familyI don’t know about you but for some, the holidays can be an emotionally rough time. For these people, the holiday blues usually begin with Thanksgiving and peak at Christmas. It could be because of all the high expectations placed upon individuals this time of year. Likewise, it could be due to the stress of having to do so much work in so little time. The days growing shorter and the nights lingering far too long have an impact too. Perhaps the impetus to feel thankful somehow elicits the opposite reaction.

What does depression look like? Maybe you can’t get out of bed. Maybe you can’t find the motivation to get things done. Maybe you don’t have the desire to do the things you used to love to do. Maybe you cry at the drop of a hat. Maybe you are grieving still, and it’s been a year or more since your loved one passed. Maybe you’ve had thoughts of suicide and you wish you could just end this feeling.

The medical approach to this mental state is an anti-depressant. It may be that your anti-depressant helped in the beginning, but unfortunately over time, anti-depressants can actually cause a depletion in serotonin. This brings about more feelings of depression and suicidal thoughts. You may also begin to experience other symptoms such as anxiety, irritability, weight gain, and sexual dysfunction. An anti-depressant is really only a band aid for a short period of time.

The truth is, no matter how many episodes of depression you have experienced, you are not your illness. The label “depression” does not define who you are but how you are suffering. If you start to believe that having depression makes you inherently defective, remind yourself that you are a normal person responding to an abnormal condition. As the great 20th century visionary Pierre Teilhard de Chardin put it, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”

So, let’s look at an alternative approach. Nutrition Response Testing® and Chiropractic are natural approaches to healing the body and feeding it the nutrients it needs to function normally. This is key to healing the underlying causes of your depression. At Big Beautiful Life, we work from a dietary standpoint, a supplemental one and by allowing your body to perceive itself appropriately. Each body is different. Your body has specific needs. The cause of your depression may be different than your friend or twin sister who has depression. We do not do a one-size-fits-all or cookie cutter approach program. Your program at our office is tailored to fit your body precisely. Together we will find the reason for your depression and help your body to start healing.

Although the factors that cause depression for one person can be different for another person, instituting lifestyle changes that minimize or correct for these various precipitating factors is a focus of holistic recovery.

I understand. I have been there. Call to set up your first appointment, and together we will get to the root cause of why you are struggling with depression.

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