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Solve chronic depression when no other treatments have worked

Mark Pitstick, MA, DC Author, speaker, frequent radio/TV guest, and holistic chiropractic physician Radiant Wellness Center LLC

Incidence of depression in the U.S. is approximately 10% with a 5% worldwide rate. Approximately 3000 people commit suicide each day because of depression. News reports regularly tell about a celebrity, athlete or famous person who “has it all” but still suffers with depression. Billy Joel is the latest example of this in the news. Of the school shooters whose medical records have been made available, all suffered with depression and other mental symptoms and were on psychiatric drugs. The financial and personal costs of depression are beyond measure.

There are many young people who suffer from depression and other mental symptoms. It’s an epidemic that needs to be addressed by caring healthcare professionals who aren’t inordinately influenced by the disease care industry’s need for expensive diagnostic and therapeutic approaches.


Do release stuck emotions

Stuck emotions can wear figurative grooves in your brain. There are many self-care methods for doing this. Techniques to assist this process include the Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET), Koren Specific Technique (KST), counseling and other psycho-spiritual release methods. Do some research online, and look for healthcare professionals around your area that specialize in these sorts of techniques so that you can learn healthy ways to release stuck emotions.

Do get spinal and cranial bone adjustment

Misaligned spinal and cranial bones can exert slight but impactful pressure on your spinal cord and brain. Spinal adjustments from a chiropractic physician who specifically adjusts the spine after evaluating with x-rays or other spinal imaging systems are recommended for treatment. For cranial adjustments, consult with a practitioner trained in KST, Upledger’s Craniosacral Therapy, or Sacral-Occipital Technique (SOT).

Do obtain a personalized nutritional evaluation

Nutrition-based healing methods are the most powerful way to address many of the causes of depression. Search for licensed health care professionals in your area who use one of the following techniques: Nutrition Response Testing, Stressor-Nutrient Balancing, System Strength Analysis, Applied Kinesiology, Contact Reflex Analysis or BioMeridian. These practitioners use whole food nutritional supplements to remove stressors, such as excess chemicals and heavy metals, and replace vital nutrients.

Do eat the real food diet

Humans have been around for about 200,000 years and they ate a whole food diet until seventy or so years ago. That’s when too much sugar, white flour, and processed foods replaced real food: meat, eggs, vegetables, nuts, seeds, fruit and pure water. Eat those foods that the body and brain are accustomed to and watch your energy and clarity soar.

Do follow general self-care practices

Exercise has been shown to be more effective than psychotherapy for relieving depression. Identify and follow your heart-felt missions, at least part time. Get out and about. Excess isolation can cause depression, so get back into the swing of life. Be yourself. Diversity provides a rich and soulful foundation for life so proudly be who you are no matter what others may judge about your race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, physical appearance, etc.


Do not neglect a post-pregnancy nutritional evaluation

Many doctors don’t understand that pregnancy creates nutritional deficiencies that directly cause depression and other symptoms. Post-pregnancy nutritional deficiencies can cause depression shortly after birth or a few to many years later. While giving their history, many middle-aged women have said, “My symptoms started shortly after my second child was born and I’ve never been the same since.” They often have a potpourri of chronic symptoms that few doctors can solve. A designed nutrition regimen with whole food, low dose, and broad spectrum nutrients is by far the best way to address these deficiencies.

Do not skimp on your rest and sleep

Chronic fatigue and depression have, in part, similar symptoms. When you are feeling depressed, be sure to obtain adequate rest. Be asleep by 10:30pm so you get one cycle of sleep before midnight. Sleep in on weekends, cancel nonessential activities until you are tuned up. This isn’t a license to sleep all the time, but you do need essential rest to get well again.

Do not tolerate unfulfilling, negative or abusive relationships

You deserve to enjoy uplifting and supportive relationships with family and friends. Inventory your relationships and identify the negative ones that aren’t serving you. Improve them if you can; if you can’t, avoid them or minimize your contact with energy-draining people.

Do not take harmful prescription drugs unless absolutely necessary

Antidepressant drugs can have serious side-effects including, paradoxically, depression and increased suicidal or homicidal behavior. That’s why the FDA requires a black box warning on anti-depressant drugs. In rare cases, medications may be needed while a person is in a crisis state and waiting for natural methods to kick in. Safe, Affordable, Natural, and Effective (SANE) approaches almost always help if a person follows their healing program and gives it time.

Do not let fear-based religious denominations put you down

Some erroneous views teach there is only one way to salvation, your soul needs saved, you could burn in hell for eternity, you were born into sin, etc. You know the list. People who take these messages literally can feel worried and depressed about themselves and their loved ones. There are over 10,000 religions and denominations on our planet, so choose a more hope and love-based sources of spirituality that resonates with your inner voice.

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Remember that there can be multiple causes of depression, so work with your holistic health care team to identify all of the causes and design your revitalization program accordingly.

Don’t feel overwhelmed by all the causes and solutions. Develop a sensible rejuvenation program with your holistic healthcare team and enlist the help of supportive family and friends. Choose one cause and address it to increase your energy and clarity. Then use that boost as a springboard to tackle another cause. Your body/mind will thank you for just small improvements and reward you with less depression and more peace, joy and vitality.

You can do it. The world needs your fullest gifts and you deserve to feel happy, healthy and energetic.

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Mark Pitstick, MA, DCAuthor, speaker, frequent radio/TV guest, and holistic chiropractic physician

Mark Pitstick, B.S., M.A., D.C., has over forty years experience and training in hospitals, pastoral counseling settings, mental health centers, and holistic private practice. His training includes a premedical degree, graduate theology/pastoral...

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