Depression: Why Me?
A panel discussion
May 11th, 2005
In SPA ration: A Day of Health and Beauty
Invesco Field at Mile High
1701 Bryant Street
Entrance at Gate 7
Fundraiser benefiting National Jewish Medical and Research Center and the
Colorado Rockies Charity Fund
Information about the event:
Page 1 (PDF 185K)
Pages 2-3, with references (PDF 110K)
Veronique Mead introduces a perspective for understanding the role of stress, trauma and early life events in contributing to origins of chronic symptoms such as depression. This perspective draws from Somatic Psychotherapies, clinical experience, and scientific research describing the influence of attachment and stress on physiology.
More information about these perspectives can be found on this website, as well as in a recently published article
(2004) A new model for understanding the role of environmental factors in the origins of chronic illness: a case study of type 1 diabetes mellitus. Medical Hypotheses, 63(6), pp 1035-1046.
This perspective considers that all symptoms are based on intelligent attempts to adapt to a challenging environment. The model appears to help explain and understand important questions often related to depression, such as:
Why do some people experience depression when others do not, such as individuals who seem to be at risk due to family history or lifestyle? Why are symptoms so variable in different people? Why do symptoms vary in the same person, from day to day or from moment to moment? How might depression represent an intelligent coping and survival strategy? Why do people respond differently to antidepressant medications? Why is it that some individuals do not respond to medication? What might be triggers to symptom exacerbations? and more....
Veronique Mead is a Somatic Psychotherapist in Boulder who has a special interest in working with individuals with chronic illness and unusual symptoms. Her work integrates the growing scientific understanding of the influence of body mind interactions on symptom expression and resolution. She also incorporates the increasing awareness of the effects of environmental influences on the nervous system, and facilitates mind body dialogue as a means of working with non-genetic contributions to origins of chronic physical illness. Her background as a family physician informs this work.
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