Sadly, the medical world's solution to depression is medication.
But, is there a better way?
One in four people suffer from clinical depression, largely stemming from loneliness and the feeling of disconnection from the world.
Tragedy, trauma, rejection, and abandonment are leading contributors to this psychological problem.
Unfortunately, when medical professionals don't know how to treat a problem, their solution is always to medicate the patient with antidepressants.
While antidepressant drugs have been known to help relieve symptoms of depression, their side effects are often numerous, and can lead to other, more serious medical conditions, including high blood pressure, constipation, insomnia, blurred vision, and chest pains (just to name a few). Antidepressants can also be addictive, and once a patient stops taking them, they can become suicidal or aggressive.
If you struggle from depression or loneliness, it is important to know there are alternatives you can pursue prior to relying upon medical treatment.
And, I can vouch for their effectiveness because in 1992, I suffered from deep depression following the loss of my mother and family. Immediately, the doctor prescribed antidepressants. Thankfully, I knew there was a better way, and refused to fill the prescription.
Dr. Laura Schlessinger, a renowned marriage and family therapist and radio talk show host, says, "Sometimes you don't feel the weight of something you've been carrying until you feel the weight of its release."
Following are some of the ways I overcame depression and methods I continue to use whenever depressive thoughts or moods creep in:
Disconnect from Darkness and Re-connect with the Light