Understanding Depression and Its Many Causes
Depression is a stress related illness or disorder that affects the brain and how it works. The notion that what sufferers go through is “imaginary” or “all in your head” couldn’t be further from the truth. This idea is put forward by those who do not understand and have never experienced the pain of depression. In fact, scientific research has proven that those who suffer from depression exhibit different hormone levels and their brain chemistry is altered.
Depression is the most common mental illness, with an estimated 350 million people suffering globally, equating to approximately one in six women and one in nine men. The good news is that if you are depressed – you are not alone. It is thought men are more reluctant to seek help or even admit that they have depression, but admission and seeking guidance is the key to recovery.
Depression varies from ”the blues” to something more serious culminating in a feeling of total hopelessness and despair. This is often accompanied by feelings of isolation, disinterest and carelessness. At the extreme end of severe depression, suicidal thoughts are a real danger.
Depression often centers around the lack of purpose in your life and the thought that it might even be better to end it. This is the point at which it becomes critical and could result in suicide. That is why I cannot stress enough that if you suffer from depression, please don’t let it get that far before you seek professional help. There is no shame in reaching for a helping hand. Remember, 350 million people suffer from the same illness. At this point let me suggest something new and very beneficial, online therapy and counseling.
What Is Depression and How Does It Start?
Depression doesn’t always have a obvious cause and can strike suddenly. It is often related to stress and if you are stressed for a long period you are particularly prone to becoming depressed. It has been revealed through research that depression could also be caused by genetic factors, as a side affect or result of a medical problem or a traumatic life event.
Your depression may start with a feeling of being under the weather. However you can still prevent full depression from affecting you.
When depression begins and you feel bad, your self esteem falls and you may lose your motivation. Procrastination sets in and you feel worse. This is the start of a spiral downwards, and a clear signal that you need to take action. Depression can often become worse when combined with other conditions such as anxiety, drug abuse, stroke, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and so on – if you have previously suffered from any of these conditions you must seek professional help. Below are some of the most common symptoms of depression:
- Difficulty making decisions
- Sleeping too much or too little (insomnia)
- Wanting to cry
- Lack of energy
- Loss of appetite
- Drinking too much
- Eating too much
- Loss of interest in sex
- Not caring about your appearance
- Becoming withdrawn
- Feeling you can’t be bothered
- Suffering from poor self esteem
- Can’t concentrate
- Lack of self confidence
- Feeling isolated or lonely
- Lacking purpose in your life
If you have several symptoms you may be depressed. Take my Depression Test to find out how bad it might be. If you are indeed suffering from depression, you need to do something now before it gets worse. This website will give you many ideas but:
– You must make a decision to help yourself now!
– See a doctor or learn about online counseling today
If you want to know more about my philosophy on depression click here.
Unless you suffer from one of the serious mood disorders which are sometimes hereditary you can prevent it. You can fight off the early stages and guard against it.
Depression is stress related and stress begins in your mind, therefore your mind can also make you well again.
To help cure yourself:
- Accept you are ill and need help
- Know about your illness, learn all you can – knowledge is power!
- Seek support from others including professional help if symptoms are moderate or begin to affect your daily life – I recommend online counselling from expert professionals. It’s easy and highly effective!
- Learn how to beat your depression
- Seek ways to improve your motivation
- Focus on improving your self esteem and confidence
- Medication may ease your symptoms and allow you to begin the healing process
You can see most of these come from within you but 3 and 4 are external. You need the help that a doctor or friends can give in terms of advice and support. However, you MUST have your own support, you need to decide and act to beat depression!
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Depression and Faith
Depression can be overcome through faith, so for those of you who believe in God, use and strengthen your faith. This can help reduce your sense of isolation and loneliness and offer you motivation and purpose in your life. Regardless of your beliefs, the Bible is often seen as a handbook of good advice on how to find happiness and purpose in your life. Why not consult it? It has helped me and millions of others. Equally, if you follow another religion then other holy books are effective at helping you to trust in a power greater than yourself, so use your faith to your advantage and seek comfort in it.
Reading is a great help. Here are some great books that contain more helpful information on depression:
#2 The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression – Solomon’s NOONDAY DEMON is truly a must read for anyone interested in the darker range of human emotions
#3 Understanding depression: what we know and what we can do about it This is one of the most thorough books on depression and covers the subject so well!