Depression affects the lives of over 300 million people worldwide, according to World Health Organization stats.
What's ROCKED me more recently is just how many women and mothers I work with, and also friends of mine, struggle with depression (diagnosed). Depression has been linked to our gut health, and it's been linked to inflammation in the body, but the prevailing perspective is that it's a chemical imbalance in the brain and that 40% of the time, it's genetic.
This perspective is being dismantled as our understanding of trauma and the nervous system evolves and as we begin to understand the link between early childhood experiences (traumas) and the later development of mental illness and disease.
This is important learning for us going forward as we explore a new model for thinking about and relating to the experience. And for me personally the new perspective on depression emerging is empowering and places us in the role of active agents in our experiences going forward. This validates a deeply intuitive feeling I've had my entire life about mental illness and I've seen first hand how a different approach can impact the experience. This is a meaty topic and a two-parter.