The Many Faces of Depression

For so many, the experience of “depression” is actually the experience of getting “stuck.” When we get stuck and feel like we have no options, we can fall into hopelessness and helplessness. Emotions like these are ones we want to run from and numb out.

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For so many, the experience of “depression” is actually the experience of getting “stuck.” And the reason we get stuck is that we are not willing to feel.

The body is experiencing an emotion and the mind says STOP! This may kill you! Go get a vice! My clients often tell me that they address their own flatness, or depressed experience, with something that will numb then and mask the feelings with a quick solution or dopamine rush. Find a glass of wind. Binge eat a box of Butterfingers. Gamble. Shop. Create drama in those around you to hide from your own. All these things numb your experience of negative emotions, suppress the depression just a bit, and this cycle continues until we resolve these feelings more fully.

Today on the show we’re going to talk about the techniques we can use to help us become more aware of our negative emotions, how to move them through our physical systems, and make that feeling of stuckness evaporate purely!

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In The Adult Chair, Michelle Chalfant applies her holistic approach to healing and transformation as a foundation for better understanding our relationship with ourselves and our relationship with stress, anxiety, depression, physical health, self-love, peace, emotional balance, and how our understanding of ourselves impacts the most important relationships in our lives.