Journey Out of Depression

November 12, 2008 |

We lived in the Washington DC area for many years, and as health professionals, long admired James Gordon’s courage in exploring nontraditional, natural - i.e. nontoxic and self-care! - therapies with his patients. He’s the founder of the Center for Mind Body Medicine at Georgetown University, a psychiatrist with expertise in Chinese and Indian medicine. He wrote the practical Manifesto for a New American Medicine: Your Guide to Healing Partnerships and the Wise Use of Alternative Therapies. many years ago and now, his newest book on the roots of depression Unstuck: The Seven Stage Journey Out of Depression, is glowingly praised by Andrew Weil, Dean Ornish and Christiane Northrup, among others, as a counterpoint to a medical system that “tends to pathologize, and then reflexively medicate” all our problems. Depression to him is instead the “beginning of an unfolding process of self-awareness, not the grim end of a disease process.” This kind of thinking is just the antidote to our lopsided disease care system.

Dr. Gordon believes that antidepressants are often ineffective and have significant side effects, so he encourages people to take an active role in their own healing. He recommends relaxation exercises, physical exercise, and nutrition, each of which have been proven to successfully treat depression and its symptoms. He’s successful worked with the trauma, stress and depression of people in aftermaths of Hurricane Katrina, firefighters after 9/11, as well as returning veterans.

Look for more from Dr. Gordon and his team. Observing the successes of Oprah’s Spirit series, they believe there is a need for quality wellness instruction on the Web that educates people about natural healing techniques that help them heal themselves, and they generally don’t get it from their doctors. The four part web-based series “A Natural Approach for Treating Depression” is free and can be downloaded from the website of his multi-media health education firm, or you can watch it on his myspace, facebook or youtube channels.

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