Dr. David Clark, DC Director of The Place for Answers™shares the exciting story of how Functional Neurology and Functional Medicine saved a woman from suicidal depression.
Depressed Woman Saved From Suicide
I’m excited today to share with you someone who was at the brink of suicide--- but who is now climbing out of the depths of depression thanks to the work that we’ve been able to do with her.
Her name is Karen (not her real name.) And when I first saw her a few months ago, she was in the deepest, darkest depression I’ve seen in 10 years. She was extremely depressed, and according to Karen, this had been her "normal" for over 20 years.
She was having a really hard time getting out of bed...was extremely unmotivated--as you would be if you were suffering major depression. She didn’t have a bipolar type of depression.
She was always low and would somtimes move back up to her baseline (which was low anyway), and then sink down to dark, dark moods for weeks on end.
I’m thrilled to say that she’s not having those dark times anymore. Our metabolic and brain-based approach for her type of problem has generated some fantastic rewards for her.
I’m not gonna steal her thunder. She does a much better job than I do of sharing her story...
Karen: Well, it’s like getting further out of the depression as things are smoothing out. It’s also coming out of the deep darks...So I’m not as negative I guess would be a good word.
Dr. Clark: Excellent.
Karen: I’m not as negative feeling or as reactive to things.
Dr. Clark: Okay.
Karen: I’m doing art again.
Dr. Clark: That’s a better thing, too, right?
Karen: Yeah, that’s a whole lot of better thing. When you don’t feel like drawing and producing stuff, then that’s pretty bad for an artist.
Dr. Clark: You said – you don’t have to mention her name, but you said someone had made a comment about something you were wearing, and then you had what kind of a response to it?
Karen: For a few minutes there really heavy, dark anger but it went away. It was like I want nothing to do with this.
Dr. Clark: So rather than descending down into a …
Karen: Yeah, I didn’t spiral down. Most often I would get angry and I would just kind of – it was like the anger was still there, but it was like it would trigger darker, darker, darker feelings until I was just buried.
Dr. Clark: Right, okay.
Karen: But now it’s like, okay, she was being super rude. Just forget that.
Dr. Clark: Right and you move on. Excellent.
Karen: I move on is right.
Dr. Clark: So overall if you had to say percentage-wise how much better you feel or how much improvement you think you’ve had since we first saw you …
Karen: The very beginning?
Dr. Clark: Yeah, what would you say?
Karen: Wow, about 500 percent.
Dr. Clark: About 500 percent? I’m gonna show the camera because we were not here. We were like way down here, so 500 percent puts us back …
Karen: No, we were down here. [points to floor]
Dr. Clark: We were down there, okay.
Karen: I was one-half second from suicide. That’s how close I was.
Dr. Clark: I don’t like to hear that, but I’m glad you’re not there anymore…
Karen: No, no, no.
Dr. Clark: Good.
Karen: I"m Just living.
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Dr. David Clark
Diplomate College of Clinical Nutrition
Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist
Vestibular Rehab Specialist