Effective Depression Recovery

We believe that long-term recovery from depression ultimately requires addressing the underlying relationship causes of depression, not simply symptoms such as chemical imbalance and depressive thoughts. This is why healing both the relationship environment and the whole person is vital in preventing relapse. (The Uplift Program has a 94% success rate, according to follow-up questionnaires up to 2 years later.)

  • Good relationships: studies show that relationships with partners, carers, teachers, co-workers and a supportive social network results in physical and emotional healing, happiness and life satisfaction, and prevents isolation and loneliness, major factors in depressive illness.
  • Understanding the real causes of depression so that people don’t feel inadequate for not having been cured.
  • Learning how to create relationships that meet needs not met in childhood.
  • Identifying emotional, cognitive, relationship and neuromuscular patterns and learning concrete tools to change these, including many CBT techniques.
  • A safe, supportive and non-judgemental group environment.
  • A good relationship with a therapist or physician.
  • Techniques to boost self-esteem and a sense of competence.
  • Feldenkrais or Repatterning Movements (RPMs) that promote immediate improvements in wellbeing and effective movement while stimulating the brain to learn to form new connections on the basis of function instead of habit.
  • Moderate and even gentle exercise such as a brief walk.¬† Feldenkrais-type movements also help ease chronic pain often associated with depression and enable people to learn more functional, efficient and pleasurable ways of walking.
  • Meditation, prayer and relaxation exercises such as yoga or our own Meditations in Movement.
  • Fostering spiritual beliefs and a sense of purpose and sharing them with others.
  • Spending time in nature and with pets. Even a potted plant or view from your office will help.


  • Experiencing an ongoing environment that is free from trauma and very supportive so that the body and the brain can heal and develop.

Note that it is important to consult a healthcare practitioner or physican and never come off antidepressants without their advice.


Website I got this information from: http://www.upliftprogram.com/depression_stats.html