All Contents © 2007, 2013 David S. Guseman, LCSW  
Tossed on the waves of our emotions, we forget that we are the sea.

Depression is a general term for several mood disorders which most often include the following symptoms:   tearfulness, irritability, excessive worry about physical health, complaints of pain (headaches or joint, abdominal or other pains), feelings of inadequacy, feelings of guilt or brooding about the past, social withdrawal.  There is often a generalized loss of interest or pleasure.

Depression afflicts one in eighteen Americans at any particular time.  As many as 20% of women will be clinically depressed sometime in their lifetime.  Recent studies show that 13 to 27 percent of older  adults have subclinical depressions that do not meet the diagnostic criteria for major depressive disorders but are associated with increased risk of major depression, physical disability, medical illness, and high use of health services. Though not as severe as clinical depression, subclinical depressions cause considerable suffering.

Gary Craig, the developer of Emotional Freedom Techniques, has identified three basic forms of depression in his years of working with depressed clients.  The first is a “simple” form of depression which disappears in just a few minutes of energy treatment (this is the most common in my experience).  The second type has multiple components (shame, guilt, anger, fear, etc.) of unresolved emotions which take some skill and persistent application to identify and resolve.  And the third type seems to be caused by allergies or sensitivities to food or environment.  This often requires a higher level of “detective work” to identify the offending substance(s), but results in symptom relief when the substance is avoided.  (In cases where it is difficult to totally avoid the substance, EFT can be used to effectively “neutralize” the allergic reaction itself!)

EFT works extraordinarily well for depression, especially mild to moderate severity.  In more severe cases medication is often useful to help get the depression under control.  Then EFT is applied.  For a case history/testimonial of an actual depression case, click here.


If you are ready to end your depression, click here.

It seemed like this was one big Prozac nation, one big mess of malaise. Perhaps the next time half a million people gather for a protest march on the White House green it will not be for abortion rights or gay liberation, but because we're all so bummed out.

~Elizabeth Wurtzel
From Prozac Nation
This is my depressed stance. When you're depressed, it makes a lot of difference how you stand. The worst thing you can do is straighten up and hold your head high because then you'll start to feel better. If you're going to get any joy out of being depressed, you've got to stand like this.

~Charlie Brown (Charles Schulz)
You largely constructed your depression. It wasn't given to you. Therefore, you can deconstruct it.

~Albert Ellis