Feeling depressed is a common human experience, but when it becomes overwhelming and persistent, it can significantly impact our quality of life. If you're reading this blog, chances are you've been grappling with these feelings and are searching for answers.
First, it’s important for you to know, you are not alone. Depression can affect anyone, and recognizing the signs is the first step towards finding help. In this blog, we'll explore some common reasons why people feel depressed and why seeking help from a certified practitioner at the Minnesota Clinic for Health and Wellness may be the right path for you.
Seeking Help at the Minnesota Clinic for Health and Wellness
If you find yourself wondering, "Why do I feel depressed?" and these feelings have persisted for more than a few weeks, it's crucial to seek professional help. Because there can be a list of contributing factors for why one may be experiencing depression, we at Minnesota Clinic for Health and Wellness
provide “whole-person care” using holistic, bio-psycho-social approaches to address depression.
Understanding Depression: The Bio-Psycho-Social Model
The Bio-Psycho-Social model takes into account biological, psychological, and social factors contributing to depression. This model recognizes that depression is not just a result of one isolated cause but rather an interplay of various influences. Let’s take a look at these influences.
Biological factors encompass the physical aspects of depression. An imbalance in neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and dopamine, is a well-known biological factor that can be treated with body-based interventions
such as acupuncture
, traditional Chinese medicine
, integrative nutrition
Psychological factors delve into the individual's thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. For many, depression is linked to cognitive patterns, negative self-talk, and unresolved emotional traumas.
Social factors consider the impact of one's environment and social interactions. Experiencing significant life changes, trauma, or isolation can trigger or worsen depressive symptoms.
Treating Depression: The Bio-Psycho-Social Model
Treating depression through a comprehensive approach, such as the bio-psycho-social model, involves addressing various aspects of an individual's well-being
. At the Minnesota Clinic for Health and Wellness
we address these various aspects of our clients’ well being through a combination of psychiatric medication management, yoga therapy, acupuncture, traditional chinese medicine, integrative nutrition, holistic occupational therapy and micro-current neurofeedback. Let’s explore these modalities:
Mental Health Therapy/Counseling
is a crucial resource for addressing depression, providing a confidential space for individuals to understand and navigate their emotions with skilled professionals
. Through evidence-based approaches, therapy empowers individuals to develop coping strategies, challenge negative patterns, and build a foundation for lasting emotional well-being.
Psychiatric Medication Management
Our psychiatry PAs prescribe and manage mental health medications for adults. While medications can play an important role for many, medications are often only a part of a treatment plan that may also include recommendations for therapy and lifestyle changes to help with your overall wellness. We take an evidence-based approach
to prescribing medications, and believe in conservative prescribing practices by focusing on the least number and lowest effective doses of medications, while typically avoiding the use of controlled medications.
Although all yoga is potentially therapeutic and healing, yoga therapy is the specific application of yogic tools to support an individual’s physical, mental, and emotional needs. By understanding how particular practices affect the body and mind, a program of practices can be developed to address a client’s specific goals while considering any limitations they might be experiencing. Yoga therapy tools can include breathwork, meditation, guided relaxation, physical postures, philosophy, and more. Yoga therapy can benefit experienced yogis as well as people who have no yoga experience at all, including those with mobility limitations. Indeed, one of the most beautiful aspects of yoga is that it can be adapted to meet any person where that person is.
We provide both individual and group yoga classes. Schedule here
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
Acupuncture is one modality of Traditional Chinese Medicine offered at our clinic. Through careful observation, acupuncturists study each individual’s health concerns, tailoring each treatment based on the unique needs of each person. This helps enhance the body’s innate ability to heal and recover.
How you think about what you are eating is often as important as what you are eating. Our Integrative and Functional nutrition specialist
helps you achieve vitality through a holistic, personalized approach to health and healing, exploring root causes of your issues in a safe and non-judgmental space. Once health goals are developed, a variety of individualized nutrition therapies are integrated, (whole foods/traditional foods, therapeutic diets, prescriptive eating, tailored supplements, mind-body work) and focus is placed on letting your body be the guide through the healing process. Testing may be utilized to help us know what interventions will be most helpful for you.
Holistic Occupational Therapy
When you are experiencing challenges with mental, physical, or emotional health, your ability to function in your daily life is often compromised. Occupational Therapy is a profession that is “function forward” and utilizes a variety of modalities and approaches to assist you in your healing journey. We take a holistic approach in helping you identify barriers to meaningful participation in your day-to-day. Then we work to develop strategies to build knowledge, skills, and confidence that will allow for increased access to the activities you want and need to do to align your daily actions with your values and goals. We will work together to establish sustainable habits, rituals, and routines to increase a sense of autonomy over your wellness.
Micro Current Neurofeedback
IASIS Micro Current Neurofeedback (MCNF) supports the central nervous system which is the mastermind of the body, controlling all its functions and responses. Because of things like trauma, stress, injury, and illness, our brains rewire and change and get stuck in maladaptive patterns that contribute to the symptoms that hinder our ability to function more productively and live more joyfully. Through the use of electrodes strategically placed on the head and neck, MCNF monitors the brain waves and produces a measurable change in the brainwaves without conscious effort from the individual receiving the feedback. This temporary change allows the brain to reorganize itself, disrupting the negative thought patterns that stop us from being the best version of ourselves. IASIS does not train the brain, instead it “disentrains” the brain by allowing it to reorganize itself and abandon the faulty patterns that contribute to debilitating symptoms. This is analogous to “rebooting” a frozen computer.
By combining these diverse therapeutic modalities, individuals receive a comprehensive and personalized treatment plan that addresses the biological, psychological, and social factors contributing to depression. This holistic approach recognizes the interconnectedness of these elements, promoting a more thorough and effective path to recovery.
Depression is a complex condition that can have a profound impact on your life. If you've been asking yourself, "Why do I feel depressed?" it's time to take action and seek help. Don't hesitate, give us a call
and we will assess your needs and align you with the right certified practitioner
. You deserve to live a happier and healthier life. Remember, there's hope, and with the right approach, you can reclaim your life from the grip of depression.