If you’re here, it’s because you want to overcome depression OR you want to gain some insight to perhaps support someone you know in overcoming depression.
So if you’re the person who’s in the midst of depression, I feel you!
If you’re familiar with my story, I spent my teens and early 20s depressed.
Like really depressed.
The trying-to-commit-suicide-every-other-weekend kind of depressed.
The kind of depressed that’s told she needs medication for life, and will always experience depression.
The kind of depressed that almost lands you in a mental home!!
Yep, it was after being told I needed to be admitted to a mental home, that my real journey began.
A journey that I commenced with one key objective; to learn exactly what causes depression and how to overcome it.
18 years later I write this blog, having been medication and depression free for the past 15 years.
I won’t go into detail on my whole depression story.
If you want to read about that, you can do so in my book The Upside of Down: A personal journey and toolkit for overcoming depression.
The purpose of this blog, is to share with you how it is 100% possible to overcome depression, and explain what makes that full recovery possible.
Because unfortunately, a lot of people have been led to believe that depression is a life-long condition, when quite frankly, it doesn’t have to be.
Through my own personal experience, and having worked with hundreds of clients since, I know anyone can overcome depression.
However, in order to overcome depression you do need to address the root cause.
That’s essential for a full recovery.
Medication, exercise, vitamins and eating well, while helpful in managing depression, don’t cure it.
Yes, we need to change our lifestyle to support a depression-free body, but until we get to the root cause of the depression, then the depression will hang around, and sneak back in as soon as your ‘management strategies’ such a getting a good night’s sleep and enough vitamin D, fall by the wayside.
When you clear depression out – at the root cause – there is no depression to sneak back in.
So, let’s start with a little lesson on what exactly depression is…
You may have been led to believe that depression is a ‘chemical imbalance’ in the brain.
Doctors will tell you: ‘You have a chemical imbalance in the brain, and these are the drugs you need to take to help stabilise that imbalance, so you don’t feel depressed’.
And most people follow the doctor’s advice, not realising that when they take the medication, their body will become reliant on it.
Because your body is getting its ‘happy chemicals’ from an outside source, it no longer needs to produce them itself.
So it doesn’t.
Any happy chemicals your body was making – albeit a little less than required for a healthy happy you – it stops making.
What this means, is that if in the future you decide to come off the medication – without getting to the root cause of the depression – then you’ll fall even deeper into depression than before.
Because your body isn’t making any happy chemicals, and has now forgotten how to do it by itself.
Maybe you’ve already experienced this.
You’re feeling pretty good – quite stable – so you come off your anti-depressants and bam!! Depression overtakes you!
This was certainly my experience.
OK, so depression, the doctors say, is a chemical imbalance in the brain.
What causes this imbalance?
Brain imbalances don’t just happen.
There needs to be a cause, right?
That’s the law of the universe: Cause and Effect.
Everything has a cause.
It’s just that you may not be aware of the cause.
So what causes this imbalance?
When we have a thought, it triggers a chemicals response in the body.
If this thoughts is positive it sends happy, healing chemicals into the bloodstream.
If the thought is negative, it sends toxic chemicals into the bloodstream.
Now, we need chemicals like cortisol to kick in to help us get out of harm’s way in super-lady speed when we get caught in a burning house and the like.
Cortisol has a very important job to do.
But its purpose is not to continue to be activated day in day out.
What I’m saying, is that when we’re stressed out or experiencing fear, this mis-informs our body to start producing unhealthy chemicals like cortisol.
Too much supply of these chemicals and we create an imbalance, right?
So now you know your thoughts create the chemical imbalance.
But what creates our thoughts?
Our belief system.
Beliefs we have taken on as a child, and have become our truth.
These beliefs get stored in our subconscious mind.
Now our subconscious mind is responsible for 90% of our thoughts, actions and behaviours.
So if we believe, for example, ‘I’m not good enough’ or ‘I’m a failure’ or ‘I’m alone’ or ‘I’m not deserving’ or ‘I’m not loveable’ then of course we’re going to think negative thoughts, and thus, trigger off a host of unhealthy chemicals surging though our body.
However, if we believe ‘I am good enough’, ‘I’m perfect just as I am’, ‘I’m connected’ ‘I am deserving’ and ‘I am loveable’ then we would enjoy more positive thoughts.
And as a result, our body benefits from a nice flow of happy chemicals like serotonin, oxytocin and dopamine.
No negative beliefs = no chemical imbalance.
Which would mean…. no depression!!
Now you might be asking:
Well what creates the negative beliefs?
Yep, we adopted our belief system directly from the big people we spent the most time around as children.
Your mum or your dad held a host of unhealthy beliefs like ‘I’m not worthy’ or ‘I can’t change’ or ‘I’m ugly’ and you adopted them as your own.
As a child we learn quickly – we’re like a sponge – and we absorb all of what we see and experience.
Now unless you own a time machine, you can’t go back and change your upbringing, but the good news is, you CAN change your beliefs.
So how do you overcome depression?
You change your beliefs.
Positive healthy beliefs, lead to a positive healthy self-image and self-belief, which leads to a happy and stable person who is depression-free.
If you want to get to the root cause of depression, then you need to work directly with the subconscious mind and clear out the limiting beliefs that are creating the depression.
Using medication or lifestyle changes (while these can be helpful) are simply a band-aid solution.
They only treat the symptoms.
They don’t address the root cause of the problem.
So if you want to overcome depression – like get rid of it completely, so it doesn’t come back!!! – then you need to clear out the beliefs that are causing the depression.
How do you clear out the beliefs?
Unfortunately, that’s not something I can teach in a blog.
It’s a little more complex than what I can share here, but I can certainly teach this to you, and I can certainly help you clear out the depression-causing beliefs.
When you employ someone who knows how to clear beliefs – such as a therapist like me who works directly with the subconscious mind – you can overcome depression in a matter of months.
Yes, a lifelong condition can be overcome that quickly!!!
Because you’re healing the root cause.
It’s like a weed, right?
If you only pick the parts that you can see above the ground, then the weed keeps growing back.
But if you get out the shovel and dig a little so you can pull out all the roots, then the weed can’t come back.
The weed is gone!!
This is how it works with depression.
Get rid of the roots, and the depression becomes history.
But you need to get rid of the root cause.
You need to uncover and remove the depression-causing beliefs.
If you’d like me to guide you through that process, of overcoming depression, take a peek at my One-on-One Intensive.
I developed this program 12 years ago specifically to help people overcome depression.
And every single client I work with, who is committed to the program, is depression and pill free by the end of it.
I believe we ALL deserve to live a happy, healthy life – free of depression – so if you’re ready to let the depression go once and for all, I look forward to hearing from you soon.