Sonya Davie

Is it Depression or Is It...

When you think of depression most people have been led to believe that the primary cause is a chemical imbalance and low serotonin in the brain.  Although that could be true, that’s not the only reason. Depression can be a result of some form of trauma from a recent or past event.  One of the primary topics I teach my clients is on long term effects of trauma, where psychotherapy can be very helpful. When assessing for depression environmental and psychological factors should be considered. Depression is not the result of a mysterious chemical imbalance that kinda-sorta-maybe can be fixed. There is no one concrete reason and an extensive exam is required. The field of psychiatry is beginning to understand that, for some people, depression can be an actual symptom of a biological problem and not a psychiatric diagnosis. Read More

Sonya Davie

Psychotropic Medication and Obesity

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting a fitness trainer who shared her journey with clinical depression and weight loss.  Mary (not her real name) told me how she was 250 pounds and clinically depressed. She was frustrated with her conventional treatments, which included numerous medications and psychiatric hospitalizations.  Mary said “You don’t know how they treated me.” Read More