Are there any alternatives to the traditional treatments for depression that I can try?

Alternative therapy describes any treatment or technique that has not been extensively scientifically documented or identified as safe or effective for a specific condition. Alternative therapy involves a variety of disciplines that include everything from diet to mental conditioning and lifestyle changes. Some of these have been found to be effective for treating depression. Exercise, sometimes considered an alternative treatment, has gained increasing evidence for its ability to treat mild to moderate forms of depression. Examples of alternative therapies include acupuncture, guided imagery, chiropractic care, yoga, hypnosis, biofeedback, aromatherapy, relaxation, herbal remedies, massage, and many others. If you are interested in trying any of these options, talk to your doctor.

Why am I not as social as everyone else?

Issues with being anti-social or withdrawing can stem from depression, anxiety, stress and trust issues. They can lessen your desire or motivation to put yourself into social situations. It is a hard task to be happy and social in a setting when you are feeling sad, depressed, stressed or just not feeling yourself. Social media can allow us to interact without having to be physically present. This can be a wonderful way to connect, and yet for those individuals who struggle socially, it can make it increasingly difficult to practice these skills. We have had clients not want to participate in social events but are afraid of judgment if they do not. The work is finding the balance between pushing ourselves to increase our comfort level and ability to connect in real-time, and yet allowing ourselves personal freedom.

How can I trust people when they continue to hurt me?

Many people want to know how you can move past your trust issues, and the answer is: deconstructing the root cause of the condition, for example, in a relationship that is affected by the trust issues of one or both the partner, retracing the footsteps of the relationship and the individuals themselves can lead to a better understanding of why the problems have arisen. This insight can give empathy to both partners and help address some of the problems overwhelming a relationship. That being said, having trust issues can affect your ability to form meaningful relationships and enjoying and building a life with someone, therefore, it’s crucial to learn how to communicate how you feel and what you need to help build your trust.