In this essay, “Holistic Approaches to Combatting Depression”, written by Kelli Lovdahl’s, the argument is circulated around the idea that holistic approaches for curing depression are more effective than medication. With plenty of explicit evidence, she proves her ideal perspective. Lovdhal’s explains that many people who turn to meditational alternatives and use cognitive behavioral therapy to help control their depression and it’s symptoms often relapse. This fact is particularly important because it shows that this methods doesn’t prove to be helpful. Lovdhal then goes into depth about the holistic approach. She believes that this tactic will help, “basic needs, drawn from a heavily evolutionary standpoint, that we lack a proper regulation because of modernization” (Lovdahl 48). In other words, the holistic approach can help to combat depression using less medication. Lovdahl then goes on to discuss that they are beneficial, maybe because they don’t involve medication as much. She mentions the practice of meditation and how it, “has been proved to successfully reduce anxiety as much as medication such as Xanax Ativan when practiced properly, while simultaneously empowering the person” (Lovdahl 48). In this quote, readers are informed on how meditation can be more suitable for patients depression. Lovdahl stresses how the importance of energy and clear mindedness can control the flow of peace throughout a depressed mindset. Lovdahl mentions the practice of Reiki. She explains how it is important for helping with depression because a “Reiki master is able to “force” energy into its proper state – in this way, it is very easy for the patient if they are having difficulties connecting to their own energy” (Lovdahl 51). Overall she feels like the use of medication is unhelpful when trying to progress someone who is undergoing depression.