SERIES: DEPRESSION – "When It Feels Like It Is Never Enough" – #1 Introduction
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Today begins a series just for you. Recently, after the tragic news of the suicide of actor and comedian, Robin William, the topic of depression has come to the surface. While his passing has raised the awareness of depression, many people of different races, genders, religions, and social status have suffered with the stigma of have depression for years. I find it interesting that in our culture it was more acceptable for people to have a label of being an addict than one of being depressed. Due to that fear and shame, many have lived their lives hiding their depression for fear of judgment and criticism by others who either did not understand the problem or denied their own symptoms in their lives.
This series will attempt to help those who have and are struggling with depression to know they are not alone, crazy, hopeless, or need to fear that there is no way out. This series will be a source, not only to provide some truth and reality about depression, but offer some real words from real people who have struggled with deep depression and got on the other side. This series will offer encouragements, topics, resources, expert posts, advise, and more to help take those next steps. This series will not and cannot take the place of a one-on-one therapist who needs to walk with you during your personal journey to help you and possibly prescribe necessary medication.
Although, it will be impossible to cover everything, we will try to cover the main topics and those issues you write in to request at firstname.lastname@example.org. My prayer and hope is that this series will lift great burdens for those reading and reveal areas that leave us with depression, trust issues, anger, unforgiveness of ourselves, feelings of worthlessness, lost dreams and more.
Please make sure to invite others and tell your friends who need encouragement, direction and help. This is your time to ask questions, share stories, encourage others and simply comment.
Here we go with our introduction to the Series: DEPRESSION – “When It Feels Like It Is Never Enough”- Introduction
What is the definition of Depression? (Source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Depression_(psychology)
Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person’s thoughts, behavior, feelings and sense of well-being. Depressed people can feel sad, anxious, empty, hopeless, worried, helpless, worthless, guilty, irritable, hurt, or restless. They may lose interest in activities that once were pleasurable, experience loss of appetite or overeating, have problems concentrating, remembering details, or making decisions, and may contemplate, attempt, or commit suicide. Insomnia, excessive sleeping, fatigue, loss of energy, or aches, pains, or digestive problems may also be present.
Depressed mood is not always a psychiatric disorder. It may also be a normal reaction to certain life events, a symptom of some medical conditions, or a side effect of some drugs or medical treatments. Depressed mood is also a primary or associated feature of certain psychiatric syndromes such as clinical depression
What are some events that can cause Depression?
Life events and changes that may precipitate depressed mood include childbirth, menopause, financial difficulties, job problems, a medical diagnosis (cancer, HIV, etc.), bullying, loss of a loved one, natural disasters, social isolation, relationship troubles, jealousy, separation, and catastrophic injury.
Traumatizing events that took place in childhood can cause depression. Although childhood trauma, particularly child sexual abuse, is not always a factor of adulthood depression, it may create psychological pathways that can lead to depression. Research has been done in this field to demonstrate the chemical involvements explaining this phenomenon. Unequal parental treatment is also a risk factor as well as abusive drug use, and more.
A key point to remember is that depression is a form of anger which is turned inward. It is the opposite of rage. In our society, men will often rage (turn their anger outward and blame others) while women will often get depressed (turn their anger inward and blame themselves).
Our feelings of depression which are NOT medically caused are often linked to our three needs that we are born with. All humans have these needs.
There are Casual Needs, which range from trivia to significant. They do not require relationship. (I need a new computer; I need to eat three times per day instead of four, etc.)
There are Critical Needs, which are legitimate and important desires for quality relationships and additions to life. (I need to talk things over, I need nurturing as a child, I need relationships, etc.)
There are Crucial Needs. These are needs that we did not create on our own. Casual and critical needs can be satisfied at a human level while crucial needs ultimately cannot. Crucial needs are 1) The need to be loved, 2) the need to have worth, and 3) the need to feel accepted. Everything we do in life is an attempt to try to get one of those needs met. For example, if I choose not to take on a big challenge, or confront someone I need to talk to often the reason is because I don’t want to fail or be rejected. The deeper reason is I fear my sense of worth and acceptance will be attacked. Does that make sense?
Why is it important to know about our needs in relationship to depression? Because as we begin to discover the causes of depression and how to challenge our feelings, we will need to understand what is normal and why we react or reacted in a certain way. Understanding what our needs are will be vital in realizing why certain things set us off and cause us to isolate and feel anger toward ourselves while other things encourage us to get out of bed.
Remember, this information is not meant to replace or even take you as deeply as a counselor would. This information is to help you to start asking questions and pondering your life in moving toward your potential, how possibilities and purpose.
We will continue to explore more next time.
Have questions or want to share your experience with depression to help others? Email me at email@example.com
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