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We all have that someone in our lives that can never seem to find joy in anything that they do. They have the ability to stay unhappy and find something negative to focus on at all times. We’re not talking about those people that have a bad day at school or work – people affected with depression have these lonely feelings inside of them for months or years at a time.

Depression can be dangerous, because people think that they may never escape the dark cloud in their lives and often give up. Over 90% of people with serious mental illnesses will attempt suicide, which is why treatment is so important.

What is depression and why does it affect people so severely?

Depression is an emotional and mental health condition that is more common than most people know – major depression affects nearly 16 million people in the United States and 350 million people worldwide. Depression can start in a variety of environments and situations, and there are also several factors that can influence the development of depressive symptoms, such as your upbringing and home life, a chemical imbalance in hormones produced in the nervous system, and stress levels. Depression isn’t something you should take lightly, or something that should be overlooked as a simple condition – it’s multidimensional. This mental health condition can impact everything in a person’s life, putting a damper on everything from work and family time to the personal activities they once enjoyed.

We Don’t Medicate; We Treat the Whole Person Holistically

Depression can physically affect your body, causing immune system dysfunction and other changes such as weight gain or loss. When you’re unhappy, you’re unwell in the body, mind, and spirit. At Enlightened Solutions, we bring together a variety of treatment modalities to help people suffering from severe depression so they can find balance in their whole being and learn to live beautiful lives. We don’t rely on medications to balance these thought processes, but instead offer experiential therapy, herbal supplements, acupuncture, and family constellation therapy. When the body is free of chemicals, we can think clearly and feel good from the inside out.

Symptoms of Depression:

  • Change in sleep patterns or development of insomnia
  • Disinterest in things they once loved
  • Change in family relationships and interaction with loved ones
  • Withdrawal from events and activities
  • Reduced appetite
  • Begin drinking heavily or taking drugs
  • Suicidal thoughts, or suicide attempts
  • Unbalanced moods
  • Intense thoughts about the past and inability to let go and move on
  • Confusion and difficulty concentrating
  • Body aches
  • Anxiousness

For many people, depression can affect your thought processes and make you feel unworthy of love and respect. When you don’t feel you’re good enough to be loved or respected, that means you won’t give yourself these things either. Whatever we feel on the inside is displayed on the surface, and it’s present in everything from the way you look and behave, to your interactions with your friends and family. When we pair addiction with depression, this is where complications occur, because alcohol and addictive drugs are actually chemical depressants that will worsen your condition. It’s known that one in five people have some type of mental health condition, and that a little over ten million people have an addiction that lives alongside a mental illness like depression. It doesn’t matter which of these co-occurring conditions came first, but they both need to be treated separately to make progress in recovery.


Depression holds fast to the past, and it’s important to be able to move forward so that we can work through these experiences. The past serves as a developmental tool in finding the key to our feelings and why we feel the need to abuse alcohol and drugs, but we cannot focus on that forever. Once you’ve addressed the past, it should stay where it is, and you have to let it go. The Serenity Prayer tells us to accept the things that we cannot change and focus our strength on the courage to change the things we can. This is how we heal. We work with mood enhancing therapies and create new experiences in recovery that can heal depression and change your outlook on life, so that when you’re done at Enlightened Solutions, you know what peace will come your way in recovery.

Depression can change everything you love, and it only gets worse with addiction clouding your mind. Call Enlightened Solutions at 833-801-LIVE┬áto help you remove the fog and finally see the light that’s inside of us all .