Setting the Stage for Recovery
Fresh look: For most of the folks who come to see me, I am not their first attempt at feeling better. Many have consulted physicians, complementary practitioners, friends and family. The questions that spur people to come in are often, “What is wrong with me?” and “What am I missing?” I find these to be incredibly intelligent questions that push people to find the right help. Our job, in working together, is to explore these questions in a supportive environment.
Proper evaluation can be an important part of the work. I partner with psychiatrists, primary care docs and other practitioners. A good psychiatrist in particular, has the capacity to begin to put the puzzle pieces together and make a clear diagnosis, if indeed one is in order. Family physicians prescribe a lot of the medications for depression. Unfortunately, they are limited to short visits with a broad scope. They often do not have adequate time to delve fully into history or to follow up consistently if medication is prescribed. That said, some patients respond well, quickly and this is enough. For others a more accurate diagnostic evaluation and treatment plan are needed.
Whatever pathway unfolds, medication or no medication, diagnosis or no diagnosis, the emphasis is this: creating a wholesome life, cultivating self care, contact and meaning.
Bottom line: Each person’s life is different. The focus is on investigating what you are experiencing, exploring what might be going on, and looking at the available options. We create a therapeutic home base from which to follow the path of recovery.
Walking the Path of Recovery
The path of recovery is what we work on together. Lifestyle. Gentleness. Relationships. Community and meaning. The principles of healing and recovery from depression are the principles that apply to human experience: a rhythmic and meaningful schedule, good sleep, good food, good exercise, good relationships.
What’s different is that the frequency, intensity and duration of depressive symptoms can make it very difficult to put these principles into practice. Depression recovery requires gentleness. From that point of view, the label of depression is not as important as the understanding it fosters and the path it opens.
Welcome. May your journey be a healing journey.