Depression is a serious medical issue. It’s more than just feeling “down in the dumps” or “blue” for a few days. It’s feeling down, sapped of energy, and hopeless for weeks at a time.
A variety of treatments and short-term psychotherapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy, have proven effective for depression symptoms.
You only need a few of these to feel miserable:
Our first choice of treatment is always talk therapy, especially when the depression is caused by a situation. We embrace using natural treatments of supplements, exercise, Neurofeedback therapy, positive thinking, and exploring diet for possible toxins and chemicals, which can disrupt the production of necessary neurotransmitters in the gut microbiome.
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We explore the emotional, physical, and spiritual balance. For natural treatments using supplements, we work with an experienced nutritionist who has her Masters in Chinese medicinal herbs and supplements. (Click alternative approaches to medicine to learn more how we use natural medicine to treat anxiety related conditions.)
We would count it a privilege to meet with you (one-on-one, or with a loved one), and help you take the next step toward ending the pain and suffering of depression. We can help you find the freedom you desire to live a fulfilling life.
Light therapy for seasonal depression (or “Seasonal Affective Disorder”) has been around ever since SAD was recognized and defined in 1984. Light therapy is also used to treat sleep issues. For more information on research and clinical studies for the use of light therapy to treat seasonal depression, read this brief introductory article, here.
The “natural” way to use light therapy is to make the most of natural light, even on gray and gloomy days. The closer to waking time that you can get a dose of light, the better. Try sitting on the front porch facing the direction of the sun with your morning cup of coffee. Make sure that synthetic light is dimmed in the evening, as excessive synthetic light after daytime hours can actually have a negative effect on seasonal depression. These guidelines apply to the use of synthetic light therapies as well.
If you live in an area that doesn’t get enough light and suffer from seasonal depression, you may consider getting a light box for treatment.
If you live in an area that doesn’t get enough light and suffer from seasonal depression, you may consider getting a light box for treatment. Light boxes vary significantly in quality. How and when you use the light box is important. The closer to waking time, the better, and getting a dose of light as close to waking may be even more important (in terms of benefit) than the brand. Don’t use it later in the day, as that can contribute to sleep difficulties.
If you are researching a light box for at-home use, consider the following important criteria:
A couple recommendations:
To further research seasonal depression, read Dr. Nathanial Rosenthal’s Winter Blues: Seasonal Affective Disorder, available on Amazon here.
If you think you may have depression, ours counselors at NPS are here to help you in your journey. Contact us at 815-477-4727 today and take the next step toward peace and freedom in your life.