The disclosure that Robin Williams was diagnosed with Parkinson’s is a reminder of yet another reason why it is essential to clear the underlying cause of depression (and indeed any condition) and not just medicate the symptoms.
Doctors do not understand the connection between depression and Parkinson’s, but there is evidence that those with depression are 3 times more likely to develop Parkinson’s at a later date (Study Links Depression to Parkinson’s). Whether this is because depression is an early indicator of the onset of Parkinson’s, or some other reason, is still unclear. For those with depression it is red flag for what may lie ahead; how awful to even have to consider such a possibility when you are already numb and empty.
Parkinson’s typically begins with tremors and progresses to the stage where the individual needs help with every day activities, with even their speech being affected. That is a huge psychological challenge for anyone. For someone already depressed it must be devastating. Depression itself is often physically debilitating, where even getting out of bed and basic tasks become a challenge. Compound that with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s, and the belief that mobility will deteriorate further rather than ever improve, and how much darker must the dark days seem.
There is also the other side of the relationship between these two conditions : it is believed that around half of those diagnosed with Parkinson’s will at some time suffer depression. This is now well documented , even though the pathological connection between the conditions is not fully understood.
It may take scientists many more years to identify what they believe is the link between depression and nervous system disorders like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Unlike medication, energy-based work is not dependant on their findings, and help is available now. A human being is a complex system of energy and, as we address the imbalances and issues for one condition (what doctors call depression), we address related areas at the same time (such as a propensity for the state known such as Parkinson’s). By working with the whole, rather than just symptoms, we address the underlying causes, rather than only what is more evident and visible.
So, whilst it is easy to be pulled into the fear and pessimism often surrounding these conditions, it is important to remember that it is possible to both halt their progress as well as clear existing symptoms. No conventional doctor will ever tell you that, not least because his insurance policy will not let him. In fact most doctors, like most other people, lack awareness and real understanding of what is possible outside the relatively narrow field of their own training, simply because these possibilities are dismissed by those who run the western health care model and that is the model most of us are brain washed to believe as preferable. An open mind is not just a nice to have in these circumstances; it is absolute prerequisite to allowing new possibilities that can make all the difference. That is perhaps the greatest challenge any of us face with these so-called incurable conditions.
A wonderful man who made many of us laugh, as well as pause and reflect at his portrayal of the human condition, chose to end his personal struggle with these illnesses. Those who have never been depressed may not appreciate how it is to be swallowed by despair and have nothing matter any more; those who have, will likely at some time contemplate relief by the same route. That could be any one of us, however well and healthy we seem today, so the more we educate ourselves now, the better.
Some of the multitude of opinions on depression in the media at the moment are a useful contribution to such an education. Others are compounding the notion that depression is complicated, hard to understand and impossible to clear. My experience of helping many people become free of depression, is that none of that is necessarily true. However the depression might manifest, it invariably tracks back to one thing : an issue that needs correcting in the energy field. Making that correction is usually not complicated, with change manifesting fast. I regularly see significant improvements after just one or two one hour long sessions. The return to balance and good spirit may take longer for someone who is taking prescription medication or self medicating with other substances, but it is still possible. This is where our focus should be, and the message we really need to share. This is not an incurable disease with inevitable consequences such as Parkinson’s. It’s time to end the fear and embrace the brave new world where non medical alternatives really can work.