Depression and trauma go hand in hand. Many people who have experienced trauma have symptoms of depression. When the body and mind are overwhelmed by a traumatic event its natural response is to shut down emotions and feelings…both good and bad. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a non-drug treatment that can help some people with depression. EMDR therapy is highly effective for PTSD and trauma based depression.
Symptoms of depression include; sadness, loss of pleasure in activities you used to enjoy, change in weight, difficulty sleeping or oversleeping, energy loss, feelings of worthlessness, thoughts of death or suicide. People can be diagnosed with depression when their symptoms last two or more weeks. 20 million people suffer from depression in the US.
If the depression is trauma based then EMDR clears the trauma and the depression goes away. EMDR can heal trauma based depression whether it is related to PTSD or smaller ” t” trauma such as relational injuries. Some trauma causing depression is subtle. I work with clients to identify even subtle traumas that could be causing or affecting depressive states.