Depression is a pandora’s box of feelings and symptoms. In defining depression, a common thread could be any lingering or pronounced feeling ( sadness, lethargy, self-loathing, hopelessness etc ) that is related to an aversion of activity. A child, or an adult who lives on a diet of sugary, nutrient-deficient foods, may feel so lethargic as to prefer sitting immobilized in front of a screen. This may lead to the condition known as “depression” and could be labeled as such. Perhaps along with finding a satisfactory definition for the condition, we should also look a little closer at the reasons depression has become so prevalent in our modern society, in both young and old.
The front line treatment for depression treatment is antidepressants, which often cause side effects and provide inadequate relief.
It is not normal to be depressed for long periods of time, even when a past trauma is involved. We were designed to experience happiness. Our emotional brain, called the limbic, when functioning well, is made to allow us to experience life’s rewards. Often, when we are in a chronic state of depression, the limbic brain’s ability to achieve reward is compromised. It may be due to a diet that is not capable of producing mental health, lack of proper mobility and exercise, candida, even metabolic poisoning. But usually, there is a physical component that needs to be revealed and treated in tandem with the psychology.
By searching for underlying factors contributing to depression, these factors can be addressed and symptoms can be relieved using treatment without prescription drugs.
The most common causes of aversion to activity are malnutrition, physical pain, physical exhaustion, mental exhaustion, and stress. Unfortunately, the word depression has come to be used so freely and casually, that the most apparent reasons for the condition can often be completely overlooked. Instead of a rigorous search for possible environmental, nutritional or lifestyle factors, a quick trip to a doctor for treatment limited to medication is commonly resorted to with dismal results. Like a mechanic who tries to adjust the carburetor by letting air out of the tires, failure to correct the situation will occur.
The comprehensive, individualized and drug-free depression treatments we employ usually provide relief that far exceeds the benefits of antidepressants.
Perhaps it is time to take a wider look at the factors leading up to the diagnosis of depression. This is what is done at the Alternative to Meds Center. Simple drugging of depression symptoms is not the most healthy treatment nor the most economical solution, especially in the long run. Years of suffering take its toll on not only marriage, schoolwork and satisfaction in day to day life, but it can also cost one their job as well as their happiness and health. If one has been unable to get a handle on depression we invite a call to any of our knowledgeable staff at the number listed on this page who will be happy to discuss a targeted plan of treatment for depression geared toward finally getting the relief that is sought. We also offer tapering programs for Paxil withdrawal and many other drugs. If you or a loved one has been unable to effectively relieve depression we invite you to call one of our knowledgeable counselors at 1 (800) 301-3753.
Dr. John Motl, M.D.
Dr. Motl is currently certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry, and Board eligible in Neurology and licensed in the state of Arizona. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in biology and minors in chemistry and philosophy. He graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine with a Doctor of Medicine. Dr. Motl has studied Medical Acupuncture at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine and at U.C.L.A.