A multifaceted approach to depression.
Updated: Apr 13
As a Physical Therapist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Health Coach, Mind-Body Specialist, Integrative Nutrition Coach, and owner of Statera Integrated Health and Wellness Solutions, I do often work with clients that suffer from depressive symptoms. Diagnosing and/or treating depression is outside of my personal scope of practice, so this article is only meant to provide a brief overview of some treatment options. To learn more about causes of depression, common symptoms and more in-depth information about treatment options, refer to the additional resource links at the end of this article.*
In Western medicine, depression is most commonly treated with psychotherapy and medication. As with most mental, emotional and physical conditions, though, clients often find an integrative approach combining traditional medicine and holistic options to be very beneficial. Consider starting with lifestyle changes to improve nutrition, hydration and sleep. Decrease alcohol consumption and stop smoking. Additional holistic options to explore include:
If you have been diagnosed with depression, you are not alone! Don't be afraid to reach out and ask for help, and remember there are a wide variety of treatment options available. Take time to experiment and learn which options work best for you.
~Nicole Hutchison, PT, CSCS, Health Coach, Mind-Body Specialist, Integrative Nutrition Coach
*Depressive symptoms can occur for many reasons. If you are experiencing mood or cognitive changes that last for more than a few weeks, it is very important to talk with your primary care provider to learn more about what may be causing your symptoms. Never stop taking medications or change your dosage without speaking to your healthcare provider. Always consult with your medical provider or a certified professional before trying any holistic therapies. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience thoughts about suicide, hurting yourself, or hurting others.