Depression is not a disease?

January 12, 2016

I saw the following video by Dr. Mark Hyman, who led me to read the book Unstuck by Dr. James Gordon. The premise being that depression is not a disease (like diabetes), but rather a pain signal that our life is unbalanced (like touching a hot stove).

A disease means we have to keep depression at bay with medication and other methods. A disease may be irreversible and we have to learn to live with it.

If depression is not a disease, it means we can get out of that hole for good.

Dr. James Gordon is graduate of Harvard medical school, a clinical professor in the departments of psychiatry and family medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine, has worked with depressive patients for 40 years, and has experienced depression himself and gotten out of it for good.

He uses the framework of the Hero’s Journey to get us unstuck from depression. Very cool. He uses a holistic method to get us unstuck (mind/body/spirit), including diet, allergies, hormones, exercise, supplements, herbs, breathwork, spirituality. I’m a few chapters in and recommend it highly.

Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression