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It is normal for people to feel sad sometimes. When they have a bad day or experience a loss, for example, they may feel sad or say they feel depressed. However, when feelings of sadness or depression become more severe and do not go away, they can be problematic and may require treatment for depression.
Depression is a serious mental disorder that can have a significant negative impact on people’s lives, including risk of suicide. Without treatment, symptoms can worsen, resulting in more severe effects. While traditional treatment for depression can be effective, it is important to recognize that depression impacts more than just the emotions. A holistic treatment approach to depression is an effective way to address symptoms and result in greater mental and emotional health.
Why The Pouyan Method is the Best Treatment for Depression
Developed for and used exclusively by the Holistic Sanctuary, the Pouyan Method utilizes two aspects of the treatment program to help clients: ancient plant-based medicine and non-invasive therapies.
Ancient Plant-based Medicine
Ancient plant-based medicine uses natural substances to cleanse the body of toxins and bring the physical body to greater health. As the body becomes physically healthier, clients are better equipped to address the mental and spiritual needs to break addiction. The luxury treatment center uses:
- Daily five-hour intravenous high-dose amino acid brain repair NAD IV therapy, which helps heal the physical body at the cellular level.
- Clients are given daily colonic green coffee enemas to cleanse the body of toxins.
- While in the holistic treatment program, clients are given a healthy diet.
- The food provided is an organic, plant-based diet that is non-GMO, soy-free, gluten-free, and kosher.
- Junk food is not permitted in the program in order to contribute to the clients’ physical health.
The non-invasive therapies used to provide for the clients’ mental and spiritual healing are just as important as the physical interventions. In addition to extensive and in-depth one-on-one counseling sessions every day, clients have access to:
- Massage sessions for relaxation and stress-relief
- Yoga for exercise
- Carbon sauna
- Hyperbaric chamber sessions providing pure oxygen therapy to clients.
The Holistic Sanctuary is the only luxury treatment center that has hyperbaric machines. These innovative, state-of-the-art chambers are used to contribute to clients’ health and healing. They are safe and contribute to the success of clients’ holistic treatment outcomes.
The Holistic Sanctuary provides a holistic approach to its luxury rehab treatment program. A holistic approach utilizes interventions to provide healing for the mind, body, and spirit. Each of these elements contributes to the client’s overall health. As a result, in order for the treatment program to be successful, each element must be given equal attention and treatment in the program. It is for this reason that the Holistic Sanctuary has developed a comprehensive program for treating drug and alcohol addiction as well as healing from depression, PTSD, mental health, and other behavioral issues. (I added this to include other issues they treat)
In addition, the therapies used to heal the client’s mind equips the client to combat cravings for drugs and alcohol as well as coping mechanisms to deal with challenges, triggers, and events that could lead back to substance abuse.
By healing the physical body, the client is in a better physical position to participate in the therapies to heal the mind and spirit. If the client is in poor physical health, the client will be unable to develop coping mechanisms to overcome challenges and effectively use the therapies to address the root causes of drug and alcohol addiction.
The Holistic Sanctuary is a luxury treatment center that utilizes a holistic treatment approach to help clients overcome drug and alcohol addiction as well as PTSD and other mental/behavioral challenges. Through the use of the innovative Pouyan Method, developed specifically for the facility, clients are given all they need to overcome drug and alcohol addiction and develop tools and coping mechanisms to remain healthy and sober for the rest of their lives. No matter what clients have experienced in the past, successful completion of the treatment program will help them heal their mind, body, and spirits for the rest of their lives, leading to a life of sobriety and health.
What is Depression?
The most common symptoms of depression are:
- feelings of hopelessness or despair
- feelings of worthlessness
- disinterest in activities
- loss of appetite
- increased appetite
- excessive weight gain
- excessive weight loss
- inability to engage in self-care activities, such as showering
- frequent crying
- feelings of numbness or lack of emotional expression
- mood swings
- restless sleep
- social isolation
- difficulty concentrating
- agitation or irritability
While many people feel sad or have minor depression at times, particularly if facing challenges or traumas, ongoing symptoms of depression can be problematic. Those who experience depression and do not seek treatment are at risk for worsening symptoms.
How is Depression Treated?
Therapy for Depression Treatment
Therapy, whether individual or group therapy, is usually the first treatment option for people with depression. It involves talking about the symptoms and the causes of the depression. Through these conversations, patients can develop a better understanding of themselves and their situations as well as tools to more effectively deal with causes of depression in their lives. By understanding their depression and triggers for how they feel, patients can overcome their feelings of depression and begin to feel better.
Group therapy can be effective because it allows people with depression to meet and connect with others who are also experiencing depression. This creates support for people struggling with depression so they know they are not alone. It can also help people develop new tools and tricks to deal with their depressive symptoms and overcome them more effectively.
Medication for Depression Treatment
Many patients are also prescribed medication as part of depression treatment. Medication does not fix depression. Instead, it helps boost patients’ moods so they can work through the depression through the therapy component of their treatment. That is why treatment that includes medication also includes therapy. There are a wide range of medications available for people with depression to ensure that the medication meets the needs of the patient without unnecessary side effects.
Many people use medication only temporarily. Once they feel better, they can taper off their medications. However, some people stay on medications longer, such as in the case of depression caused by chemical imbalances. In these cases, medication is an important part of treatment so that their symptoms can be reduced enough to allow the patient to overcome their symptoms.
Treatment for Depression in a Holistic Approach
Treatment for Depression: Healing the Mind
Treatment for the mind is an important component of treating depression, particularly in a holistic approach. Even though depression deals primarily with emotions, the treatment focuses on changing thinking patterns so patients can overcome their depressive symptoms. Quite often, depression arises because of the way the mind reacts to various stimuli. In a holistic treatment approach, treating the mind includes changing thought patterns so that the stimuli patients experience do not result in symptoms of depression. This is accomplished through therapy, which helps patients identify the negative thought patterns so they can be changed.
Treatment for Depression: Healing the Body
Though the symptoms of depression primarily deal with the mind and emotions, depression does have an impact on the physical body, as well. Depression can lead to aches and pains, fatigue, headaches, increased illness, and many other physical effects. In order to treat these effects, physical treatment must be considered, as well. It is often recommended that people struggling with depression examine their nutrition, sleep patterns, and physical activity. Addressing these three physical elements can help alleviate symptoms of depression and help patients feel better. Eating and sleeping properly helps people maintain their health, and physical activity is not only healthy but exercise releases endorphins that can counteract feelings of depression. In addition, taking care of the physical body puts the patient in a better position for other aspects of treatment to be effective.
Treatment for Depression: Healing the Emotions
The most important aspect of depression treatment, particularly in the holistic treatment approach, is treating the emotions. Depression is primarily a disorder dealing with emotions (or a lack of emotions). Therefore, it is necessary that treatment address the way the patient is feeling and help the patient get where they need to be in order to feel better and be healthy. The treatment for emotions is closely related to treatment for the mind. Specifically, the patient uses therapy and medication to address the negative feelings and change thought patterns to increase positive feelings. One way this can be accomplished is by focusing on the positive emotions and experiences rather than the negative feelings and traumatizing experiences. This can be difficult to accomplish, but it is effective when used as part of a holistic treatment approach.
Whether feelings of depression are minor and can be handled with occasional therapy or are severe and require residential treatment at treatment centers, it is important to seek treatment for depression in order to heal. Depression can have a significant and negative impact on the individual’s life and, if left untreated, depression can worsen, putting the individual at risk for suicidal ideation and actions. The sooner treatment begins, the more effective it can be at easing symptoms and helping the individual find relief.