THE SCARY STATE OF DEPRESSION AND HOW TO OVERCOME IT

February 21, 2018

Depression is the best example of how your brain uses you. A way to to describe it is as you are falling from a building and the time which you spent in the air before you reach the floor feels like days instead of seconds, and that feeling of fear doesn't leave you, even though you don't know what you are afraid of. The people who suffer from depression accept themselves as victims of their disoriented brain. Even though depression is defined as a condition which affects the mood provoked by the incapibility of the brain to react adequately towards the inside and outside pressure, it also affects the whole body. This disease breaks the balance of the physiological rhythms of the organism in the terms of sleep and wakefulness, it also leads to the lack of interest towards sex and decreases the apetite. Depressed people see eating and sexual communication as indifferent. They feel isolated from the society and are not in a state to comprehend clearly what others are telling them, nor they can explain how they feel - they feel confused and anxious in the company of other people. 

THE BRAIN 

The brain is responsible for all those symptoms covering the whole body. Tomographic researches on people's brain with depression show a unique model in which some of the brain's areas are extremely active while others - insufficently active. Depression often affects the frontal lobe (which is responsible for the negative emotions, as well as for the empathy), the amygdala (in which emotions and the reaction towards new things, which depressed people usually don't meet well, are being being born) and the hypothalamus (which regulates the impulses like the apetite and the libido). These are the areas we want to influence in order go get back to our normal state.


HOW DOES DEPRESSION UNLOCKS?

Sometimes depression is being unlocked by very insignificant occasions which remain unseen. After the process begins, the brain starts to change; then even smaller things start to provoke complains, and lastly they begin to happen almost without any reason. When this happens, the patient becomes a prisoner of the unstoppable vortex of emotions, which lead to different mood disorders.

The word "depression" is being used very freely, but the sad and supressed feeling doesn't mean that you're suffering from depression. People waho are diagnosed with depression, whether it is sharp (short-term) or chronic (long-term, have their moods no longer follow their normal rhythm. The patients cannot free themselves from the sadness, helplessness and hopelessness and they are incapable of showing interest towards the world around them. The everyday activities are a burden to them. In most cases, depression goes away just as sadness does. If the condition continues for a long period of time however, with passing day, the patient loses more and more hope that he will ever get better. He sees his life as a complete failure and often doesn't see a reason to continue on living (around 80% of the suicides are caused by an attack of a deep depression). People who suffer from depression for a long time are often incapable of pointing out when and why the first symptoms appeared.

HOW TO OVERCOME DEPRESSION?

Depression can become a habit - which most likely happens long before the person actually realizes that he is sad and desparate. Depressed people are depressed because they are depressed. Everything is surrounded by darkness the optimism is impossible. This condition of defeat shows that in the brain of the patient, resistant pathways are built and in all likelihood the neurotransmitters and the genetic information are being included in the process. When the depressed reaction becomes a habit, the situation resembles burning coals waiting to be ignited at any moment. An insignificant accident, such as a flat tire, could immediately trigger a feeling of sadness and hopelessness. The key to solving the condition is in the recovery of the normal functions of the blocked or pulled out of balance parts of your body. After this happens, you have to continue to work in this direction in order for your brain to regain its balance. Here are the depressive perceptions you have to change in order to restore your normal state:


1. "The fault is entirely mine..."

- You could think that the fault is NOT yours, it is not established who's fault is and therefore it is possible that it might not have been anyone's fault, or that even if the culprit is found, it wouldn't be of any use, because you should focus your attention on searching for a way out of the situation.

2. "I'm not good enough..."

- You could think that you ARE good enough, that it is not necessary to compare yourself to others, that it is not about whether you are good or bad, that the concept of "good" is relative, that you will be better the next day and that you are in the process of learning how to be good.

3. "Nothing will help..."

- You could think that you will figure something out, that things will get better by themselves, that you could search for help, that in the end you will find a way to overcome it or that the pessimistic view won't solve the problem.

4. "I knew that things will go wrong..."

- You could think that you didn't know and you are just simply thinking that way in the moment - that you are worried, but the worrying will pass by or that it is worth going back only if it would lead to better results in the future.

5. "I can't do anything..."

- You could think that you are in shape to do something, that you will ask someone for cooperation, that you have to think more deeply or that it is useless to go into the role of being a victim.

6. "It was gonna happen, it was just a matter of time..."

- You could think that you are fatalist, that it was impossible for you to have foreseen it, that this will pass-by as well, because it is not possible only bad things to happen to you.


THINGS YOU HAVE TO WORK ON

Deny the self-destructive reactions towards the challenges in your life. Master new reactions that improve the quality of your life. Perceive a higher vision about life and start to lead yourself by it. Recognize the self-judgement and don't let it in. Stop thinking that fear is a normal feeling just because it is strong. Don't take feelings and moods for reality. Reduce stress. Start doing something that brings you pleasure. Don't communicate with people who make your depression deeper. Search for those people who are close to that which you want to become. Be spiritually giving. Build yourself healthy habits in the terms of sleep and doing light physical excercises once a day. Surround yourself with mature, emotionally balanced, capable of loving people who accept you without judgement.

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