As depression increases, it rises to the top of our national consciousness, out from the shadows and into the spotlight. As more people become aware of depression, they recognize its presence in their own lives. The nameless dread, the constant fear, the ever-present weight takes on a name. It has now become a “diagnosis.”
With the identification of a diagnosis comes the desire for a one-size-fits-all solution. A singular reason, with a scientific solution, is appealing to the depressed individual and to his or her concerned family, friends, or acquaintances. When the reason for depression is understood — especially in light of new discoveries in brain science — there is a new sense of hope for its treatment. If we know what the problem is, we believe our technological society should be able to fix it. Energized by the discovery of a reason for destructive behaviors, many sufferers become impatient for a “cure,” hence the current increase in pharmaceutical remedies for the symptoms of depression.
When individuals acknowledge their depression and say, “Yes, that’s my problem,” they can feel as if identifying their problem also solves it. But understanding the problem of depression doesn’t mean the journey to healing is over. The diagnosis of depression in a person’s life is more like a crossroad than a single destination.
People arrive at the point of depression from many different places, indicating there are a variety of paths to recovery. In short, there is no one answer for depression and no single path to recovery. Just as the reasons for depression are as varied as the individuals who suffer from it, the paths to recovery will also be unique to each individual.
Not every person suffering from depression should be medicated. Not every person who has had a bad day is depressed. Not every person who struggles over meaning and purpose in life should be viewed as “crazy.” Not every person is able to bounce back from a major traumatic event without assistance.
In order to deal with an individual’s depression, his or her uniqueness, his or her story must be heard, understood, and integrated into a personalized recovery. Applying the whole-person approach to recovery can individualize treatment for depression. The whole-person approach is based upon recognition of the unique components of an individual’s life and how these components interweave to form the whole person.
The components we look at in the whole-person approach are emotional, environmental, relational, physical, and spiritual. Together, these components provide keys to why a person is depressed, and they can open a doorway to his or her recovery.
If you or a loved one is struggling with depression, The Center • A Place of HOPE is here to help. The Center has been voted in the Top 10 Facilities for the Treatment of Depression in the United States. A customized treatment plan is developed just for you. There is hope to recovery from depression, and you can live a life full of happiness, joy and fulfillment. Call The Center at 1-888-771-5166 and have a free, confidential conversation with an admissions specialist. Or, you can fill out this form, and a specialist will contact you directly.