Maybe - Depression is the result of an idle mind
I do not have a better definition of depression than this one “Depression is an emotional state of dejection and sadness, ranging from mild discouragement and downheartedness to feelings of utter hopelessness and despair.”
Sooner or later all of us know what it means to be depressed. Almost every person, somewhere between birth and death, will come to terms with depression. Although there seldom is a single cause for depression, stress is a major source.
Stress results from pressure, conflict, strain, or just plain, old physical exertion. It is one of the forces we have to learn to live with in today’s world, and depression is one of the body’s ways of dealing with stress.
Neurochemistry is another factor in depression. When a person’s neurochemicals and neurohormones are out of balance, he or she is likely to experience depression. This kind of depression may be linked with periods of very expansive or manic behavior. This is what we sometimes call manic-depressive illness orbipolar disorder.
Because it is linked to a person’s neurochemistry, medication controls this kind of depression very well. You would attempt to restore normal liver, heart, or kidney functions through medication, so why would you want to discriminate against a medical problem with your brain? The brain is the organ of the body your spirit needs most to be healthy, so be careful to provide it with the medication it needs to serve you in a healthy way.
There are ways to know whether depression is bipolar or circumstantial. If there’s no crisis or grief or loss in your life, you can write off circumstances as a cause of your depression. Also, people who suffer from bipolar disorder usually complain that their depression is worse in the morning. Circumstantially induced depression tends to get worse as the day wears on.
Depression does not always take you into deep valleys. It comes in all ranges, from the “blues,” which will usually run their course in three or four days, to grief reactions which may last six months to two years. (If the grief results from sudden and unexpected death, it may last as long as five years.)
Never take risks with depressed family members and friends. If they begin to talk about suicide, get them to a doctor – a psychologist, psychiatrist, or the family physician who can refer them to a mental health professional. If we can protect them and bring them back from the brink of suicide, they will recover from the depression with no lasting harm. And, in most cases, the person will never be suicidal again.
There are ways to help people with depression:
A combination of counseling and medication is the shortest way out of depression. Do not shortchange yourself on either end of that approach.
These suggestions may help you get through the pain of depression:
The way you feel reflects your estimate of your self-worth. When you measure self-worth by feelings, your depression only deepens
Remember the transient nature of your feelings. You have been depressed before and survived it; you will survive this, too
Learn to rate the depressions you have experienced and that you now experience on a ten-point scale: one being the least you have even been depressed, to ten being the most you have ever been depressed. This will protect you from generalising any low feelings in your present to your future. Doing this helps you keep your present depression in perspective and reminds you that you have suffered worse depressions – and you have always survived them in the past. Remembering how past depressions came to an end can help you survive your present depression.
Understand the need to recover from grief and allow yourself a normal recovery. Do not rush your recovery from grief-induced depression. Realise that grief work of several months after a great loss is normal. Normalising your recovery itself will help you find hope.
Sometimes it is necessary to stay away from people who are a source of negative conversation, complaints, and criticism. Some families are this way, continually talking in the negative, seeing a glass always half empty instead of half full.
Our feelings determine our thoughts and our conversations, both internal conversation and those conversations we have with others. We learn to “feel” at least two years before we learn to talk. A child growing up in a home where there is little peace and harmony but a lot of yelling and even violence has more pain underneath his thought process than he has pleasure. So we must be sure we talk positively around family members, especially around children
Here are some guidelines for dealing with depression:
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