The Wellness Treatment Center utilizes a unique Wellness Program based on findings from the extensively researched book, The Depression Cure: The 6-Step Approach to Beat Depression Without Drugs by Stephen Ilardi.
While healthy lifestyle choices are effective for anyone wanting to feel better, they are especially helpful for those suffering from depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. When these six lifestyle choices are used together consistently and specifically, the results are quite remarkable.
You are what you eat, and the average American diet today is lacking in nutrition, especially in omega-3 fatty acids. To accomplish the necessary nutritional requirements for overall well-being and the anti-oxidant effects, we provide supplements as a part of the Wellness Program.
Besides being good for you physically, exercise also produces the release of serotonin and dopamine in the brain, which are the “feel good” chemicals. To keep these chemicals abundant, a structured exercise plan is part of the Wellness Program. We have a personal trainer and yoga instructor who run these groups.
3. Meaningful Activity/Anti-Rumination
You can often be your own worst enemy when it comes to fixating or replaying negative thoughts over and over in your mind, also known as rumination. Learning how to identify and stop the pattern of negative thinking is very powerful. Through group work and behavioral techniques, we help you become aware of when you start to brood over negative thoughts and identify potentially high-risk situations and people. We also give you practical tools and alternate activities to replace the rumination.
Bright light is critical to hormone balance, energy levels, sleep regulation, and overall well-being. The program dictates light therapy with natural sunlight or light box therapy. We encourage patient’s to get early morning sunlight but we can supply a light box for clients to use at home if needed.
5. Social Interaction
You can often feel very isolated when you are depressed or anxious. Social connection and meaningful activity are a very important component of the Wellness Program. You’ll learn how to improve social interaction and relationships, and schedule specific action steps to engage in meaningful activity with your family, friends, and community.
Most Americans do not get enough sleep, and depression and anxiety often trigger sleep disturbances. The Wellness Program promotes sleep hygiene with techniques to ensure the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep every night.
While these six components have been researched extensively, we closely monitor you and your results, and fine-tune the program to best meet your individual needs.