Depression is more than feeling bad, sad, hopeless or worthless. When Living Hurts is a well-written book (Michael Yapko, PhD) that describes the challenges of living with depression, one of a number of variations of mood disturbances that we treat at PIH. It also offers suggestions for making changes in the various factors that maintain patterns of depression. Fundamentally, depression is a state where the dysregulation of the mind-body is severely energetically depleted. It is a condition that develops in response to profound perceived or experienced loss. In other words, depressive patterns arise whenever mental, emotional, physical and behavioral reserves are exhausted or so over-burdened that your ability to recharge your energetic batteries get stuck. Shifts in thinking, feeling and functioning can develop that maintain the depleted state. These shifts change depression from a time-limited reaction into a potentially persistent state. It can gradually spiral downward, sucking joy, satisfaction and the ability to feel pleasure in your life right down with it. Depression can manifest with irritability, impatience, anxiety and anger. Addictions to various chemicals or behaviors can arise. Disturbances of sleep, appetite and energy are often seen, as are difficulties with clouded thinking or problems with concentration and attention. There are a host of changes at the metabolic and cellular levels of the body, as well, that reinforce the feelings of heaviness or apathy that can accompany depression.
At PIH, we approach the treatment of depression from multiple perspectives that help you to restore your energy, and feel rejuvenated at all levels of the mind and body. Our treatment approaches for adults, adolescents, and children include:
- Psychological therapies that help you make changes in the eight core factors that generate and maintain depression (Lois Fischer, MA, LMFT), ( Harriet Kohen, MSW, LICSW), (David Alter, PhD, LP), (Deborah Simmons, PhD, LMFT).
- Training in hypnosis and guided imagery techniques that have well-established track records in assisting people obtain long-term relief from depression (Harriet Kohen, MSW, LICSW), (David Alter, PhD, LP), (Deborah Simmons, PhD, LMFT) , (Lois Fischer, MA, LMFT)
- EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) to change mind-body patterns (Deborah Simmons, PhD, LMFT) , (Lois Fischer, MA, LMFT)
- Chinese medicine incorporating acupuncture and herbal therapies (Diane Tanning, RN, MS, LAc)
At PIH, we begin with a comprehensive evaluation to identify your particular needs and then work with you to design an individualized program of care that will support you in re-establishing health and increase your sense of vitality and well-being. We look forward to working with you on your way to balanced health.