To this day, Prince George of the British Royal family reflects on the death of his mother in the Paris car crash of 1997. Often, he thinks of her and the sort of grandmother she would have been to his two children. George’s younger brother, Harry, is even more forthcoming about the toll that personal tragedy has taken on him over the years. After losing his mom at the age of 12, Prince Harry says he experienced an emotional numbing that later led to drug and alcohol abuse. At the age of 16, he briefly visited a rehabilitation center for heavy drinking of alcohol and smoking marijuana. It wasn’t until the age of 28 that Harry had the confidence to seek professional help.
A Unified Perspective
Inspired by their own personal struggles, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry, are promoting awareness of how anxiety and depression affect anyone, regardless of their origin. Dubbed “Heads Together”, their campaign focuses on curing the stigma that surrounds discussions of mental health. By partnering with local charities, such as the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Charity, Best Beginnings, Place2Be, and YoungMinds, they intend to reach and educate as many people as they can. As the Royals now know, the first step to overcoming a problem is confronting and talking about it.
Our Philosophy and Mantra
At Yang Institute of Integrative Medicine, we explore the idea of societal stigmas around mental health. Rather than hastily diagnose and medicate, we view our patients as complex physical, mental, and spiritual beings. Through our practice near Philadelphia, we’ve addressed anxiety and depression as chronic conditions that have roots in nature, as well as nurture. When we address mental illnesses, we do so compassionately, intending to change our patients’ lives. Melding the traditions of the East and the West, our practitioners are able to treat conditions like anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolarism, schizophrenia, and PTSD.
Depression Is Not Hopeless
With the tools and wisdom that they wield, our holistic practitioners empower patients to quell and conquer their depression. Where more conventional doctors would lean on the use of pharmaceuticals, we minimize medications. In our offices near Philadelphia, we are able to employ Taoist acupuncture, psychotherapy, neuro-emotional techniques, nutrient therapy, and intravenous therapies to cleanse and eliminate neurotoxins from the body. As the testimonies of our patients (and those of royalty) prove, depression is not a life sentence if you know how to treat it.