Alternative Treatment for Depression: Mind, Body, Spirit and Environment® Therapy is Proven Effective

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Mind, Body, Spirit and Environment® is a successful alternative treatment for depression that uses holistic techniques to specifically address the areas that effect depressive feelings.

It has been estimated that over ten million Americans suffer from depression. This alarming statistic proves that changes must be made to better treat and prevent depression. Because the symptoms of depression have many variables contributing to the discomfort, aside from or along with the possibility of a chemical imbalance, it is necessary to treat depression with a diverse treatment plan that focuses on the whole body.

Depressive symptoms are typically categorized in the DSM IV by depressed mood, loss of interest in daily activities, weight loss, insomnia, and feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness. With this diagnostic method, symptoms are neatly packaged, diagnosed, and treated most often with a variety of anti-depressant medications that are designed to alleviate or diminish symptoms.

Although medications in some or even many cases of depression may be helpful, it is believed that this traditional course of treatment masks symptoms and is not designed to uncover and resolve the cause of the problems which may include: biological, psychological, psycho-emotional, situational, environmental, or spiritual areas.

At Alternative Treatment International (ATI), a dual diagnostic residential treatment program located in Clearwater, Florida, depression accompanied by alcohol and/or other forms of drug abuse is seen frequently. What this addictive behavior indicates is that either depression is a causal factor in substance abuse, or that the substance abuse produces depression. In either theory, the therapists and medical staff at ATI have seen the formation and reinforcement of selfish behavior patterns in patients with substance abuse. In a spiritual sense, the more selfish a person becomes the further they are from their true nature or inner self. On the other hand, the more selfless one is, the closer they are to their true nature.

The doctors at ATI have thoroughly studied substance abuse behaviors and found this to be an extremely selfish addiction—as the substance abuse consumes the individual, the person is left spiritually bankrupt with feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness. Because of this cyclical and selfish addiction, trying to pull an individual out of a depression with no spiritual assistance or understanding through the sole use of prescriptions is almost always a long, difficult, and often fruitless endeavor.

Mind, Body, Spirit and Environment® is a successful alternative treatment for depression developed by Dr. Alan Meyers and Julia D. Stewart of Alternative Treatment International, Inc. (http://www.alternative2rehab.com) located in Clearwater, Florida. Mind, Body, Spirit and Environment® uses holistic depression treatment techniques to specifically address the areas that effect depressive feelings. This clinical protocol addresses the Mind: uncovering possible medications that may be causing the depression, and detecting the root cause of the problem through psychotherapy; Body: incorporating structured physical fitness and healthful eating habits; Spirit: implementing spiritual practices such as meditation, yoga, Tai Chi, and other meditative practices; and, Environment: applying various methods such as Feng Shui to heal the environment in which the patient lives is the essential combination of therapy techniques necessary to promote the most effective, long-term healing.

Those that attempt to understand the origins of depression and depressive symptoms cannot ignore that the one common symptom is the concept of “loss of hope”. Hope is not biological, bio-chemical, psychological, or environmental. Rather, it is a spiritual concept that cannot be ignored in the treatment of depression. Therefore, it should be at the forefront of the predominant clinical protocol of a treatment plan.

According to Dr. Meyers, when spirituality and a spiritual understanding are introduced into the life of a person experiencing depressive symptoms, the depressive symptoms begin to lift, often immediately. “For every human being, the spiritual concept of “hope” is the one concept that intuitively keeps us going. Using spiritual healing to address the symptoms of depression can help lift the depressive feelings, and bring hope and a feeling of purpose to a person who has none” adds Meyers.

Alternative Treatment International, the developer of Mind, Body, Spirit and Environment®, is a private residential substance abuse and mental health treatment center. ATI offers a comfortable and safe environment for those seeking healing and recovery from addictions and psycho-emotional problems. ATI’s Web site is a source for more information at http://www.alternative2rehab.com or they can be contacted at 1-800-897-8060.

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