Depression affects approximately three percent of the population, making it one of the most common mental disorders. It is also difficult to treat in some cases. While many people benefit from traditional therapy, it is widely believed that many patients require a boost from an additional type of treatment.
Horses are part of Dede Beasley’s DNA. She has been riding since she was a little girl, joining a long line of equestrian experts in her family. Growing up, day-to-day life wasn’t always easy. As a child o f two erratic alcoholics, Dede struggled with eating disorders, alcoholism, abusive relationships and trauma through adolescence and young adulthood.
Can spending time with a horse help release some of the core issues associated with eating disorders? Some experts, like Gina Kolata, author of “Rethinking Thin,” believe so. Equine therapy has been used successfully for substance abuse addictions, and may soon enter the field of eating disorder treatments with a strong presence.