How To Stop Having Suicidal Thoughts

Anyone can commit suicide if they will be controlled by their anti-conscience and they will make a tragic mistake. The real reason why someone decides to put an end to their lives is the fact that they believe that they made a terrible mistake that can not be corrected, or they created problems that can not be solved.

A person does not decide to commit suicide because they were victims of someone else's wickedness, but because they trusted a person who betrayed them. They commit suicide because they can not forgive their own faults.

We can understand this fact when we analyze the life biography of those who have suicidal thoughts, and we translate the meaning of their dreams.

We can also verify this fact when we analyze the life biography of those who committed suicide, and we translate the dreams of those who loved this person. They have information about the reasons why the beloved person decided to commit suicide in their dreams.

The reason or the many reasons why someone comes to the point of committing suicide always are related to the formation of a suffocating situation that they can not bear. They feel that they made terrible mistakes, even when this is not true because they were in a difficult situation and they were in fact victims of an unfair world.

Their fear of the future and their deep depression does not let them continue their route. They do not have the courage to face the world after making a big mistake, or they believe that the future will be unbearable because they are not able to keep living.

Suicidal thoughts are followed by unbearable symptoms of deep sadness, lack of vitality, and despair.

When a person is attacked by their anti-conscience, they are unable to think logically. They do not understand what they are doing when they commit suicide.

A suicide attempt always is the result of the anti-conscience of impositions.

Some people have frequent suicidal thoughts because they follow the absurdity of their anti-conscience and they make numerous mistakes that transform their lives into an unbearable hell.

Many people keep thinking about how they could commit suicide, while those who are around them ignore this fact.

They should try to solve their problems, but they believe that their terrible problems have no solution.

Everyone needs God's guidance in their dreams in order to understand how to solve every impossible problem.

Unfortunately those who have mental health problems are not helped even when they look for psychiatric help. With all my respect to those who really want to cure their patients, I have to say that psychiatrists do not know what they are doing.

Psychiatric drugs are blind attempts to control a satanic primitive conscience that takes advantage of every logical mistake with the intent to destroy the person's conscience. These drugs cause unbearable sensations and suicidal thoughts. They are unable to cure an invincible mental illness.

Psychiatrists know this fact. Their drugs promise to alleviate the patients' unbearable symptoms; not to cure their mental health problems. However, they are not able to even temporarily alleviate the patients' pain, and they cause numerous dangerous problems to their brain. Their anti-conscience takes advantage of chemical mistakes to cause even more problems to their consciousness.

Only God knows how to fight Satan. The anti-conscience is a powerful demon that easily destroys the human conscience created by God in our brain. We have to obey the divine guidance in our dreams and in our religion. This is the only way we can eliminate our anti-conscience.

We can not kill our anti-conscience because it is evil. We must transform it into a positive component of our human conscience through consciousness.

This is why God sends us free psychotherapy in our dreams, showing us how we can transform our satanic anti-conscience into a conscious part of our brain that is controlled by our conscience.

This means that you must follow dream therapy if you want to be sure that you will never think about committing suicide in your life.

Right now your anti-conscience works independently of your conscience's approval. You have to tame this monster by doing what God shows you in your dreams, and be the one who will consciously decide your actions.

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How Homolateral Energy Could Hold the Key to Beating Depression

Very few people know about the Homolateral Energy State, but it can often hold the key to really understanding WHY you suddenly start to feel SO down, SO tired, SO apathetic, like everything feels like too much trouble, or too difficult.

In a nutshell, When a person is in good physical and emotional health, the energy in their body crosses over, from side to side, and from top to bottom, and from front to back.

But if you could take a picture of a depressed person's energy, you'd see that instead of crossing-over, their energy appears to be stuck just going straight up and down their body, in a pattern called 'Homolateral'.

When you're stuck in the Homolateral Energy State:

· You operate at 50% (or sometimes, even less) of your full energetic capacity.

· You find it much harder to get well, physically, and often keep falling back into chronic illnesses

· Even simple movements like walking, which are typically incredibly energizing and spirit-raising, are very tiring and difficult to do. (When your energy is healthy and crossing over, walking is the perfect exercise to keep the energy flowing that way. But when your energy is running in parallel lines, then the effort to walk – with the arms and the legs alternating in a 'cross -over 'pattern – is going against the current energetic flow of your body. It's like trying to swim upstream; you get tired-out, fatigued and miserable very quickly.)

· Emotionally, you typically feel depressed, very negative and cynical about life; overwhelmed and chronically exhausted.

You can get 'Homolateral' very easily if you've been sick, injured, operated on, or been through some chronically or acutely stressful experiences. (In other words, people get homolateral as a kind of physical 'Post Traumatic Stress' reaction.)

The following exercise can help you get out of the Homolateral Energy State – and once you're out and 'unstuck', physiologically, you'll find that you naturally have much more optimism, courage and emotional strength.

THE 'HOW TO GET OUT OF THE HOMOLATERAL ENERGY STATE' EXERCISE:

1) Sit on your couch.

2) Touch the same elbow to the same knee, (first using the right elbow and right knee, then switching to the left elbow and left knee), 12 times on each side.

3) Then touch the opposite elbow to the opposite knee, (right elbow to left knee, then left elbow to right knee), 12 times on each side.

4) Do both sets another two times, ending with alternate sides (ie, right elbow to left knees etc).

Remember, these exercises are NOT about feeling the burn; they're about getting the energy to start crossing over again.

If you're ill, or feeling very weak, you can take them as slowly as you need to, and they will still do the job.

Remember:

· If you've been very homolateral, stressed and depressed or ill for a while, you'll need to do these exercises twice a day for at least 40 days, before the improvements really start to hold for any length of time.

There are many reasons we get depressed, spread across all levels of mind, body and soul. But once you get out of the Homolateral energy state, you'll find that the other areas of your life will start to shift, too.

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Keep Spleen Meridian Strong, If You Want to Beat Depression

Warning: we are now entering a seriously holistic health zone!

According to Chinese Medicine, the human body is animated and energized by 14 main energy pathways, that are often referred to as 'energy meridians'.

Each meridian is connected to a particular bunch of organs and physical systems in your body, and also with a specific set of emotions. If any specific meridian gets weak, blocked or starts to malfunction in some way – and it's not deal with – sooner or later that shows up as an emotional issue. If the problem still is not recognized and dealt with at that stage, then it can go on to manifest as a full-on physical illness or issue.

I know this idea can sound a little wacky to people who are not already into holistic health, so I'm going to take this slowly, to make sure you're with me:

Energy meridians affect our emotions and our physical health. If they're blocked or not working the way they should be, they can cause emotional issues, and also physical health problems.

So now, we've hit the 64 thousand dollar question: which specific energy meridian is most connected to, and responsible for, boosting our mood?

The answer is: the Spleen Meridian.

You probably do not know a whole heck of a lot about Spleen Meridian (I know I did not, when I first started getting into this stuff …) so I've put together a very quick run-down, to help you follow what I'm talking about:

Spleen Meridian 101:

Fact 1: Spleen Meridian deals with all the stuff coming into the body

The Spleen Meridian is responsible for digesting, assimilating and 'dealing with' all the input you get from the outside world. That input could be food; it could be environmental; it could be knowledge; or it could have emotions and feelings.

(Food allergies, intolerances, auto-immune diseases and learning disorders are all fundamentally connected to issues with the Spleen Meridian.)

Fact 2: Modern life is pretty hard on Spleen Meridian

The Spleen Meridian can be wiped-out or chronically-weakened by a whole bunch of things that are part and parcel of modern life, including:

  • Shock or trauma
  • Junk food, chemicals and pollutants
  • Electromagnetic 'smog' (from things like WiFi, cellphones and microwave ovens.)
  • Negative, critical, and / or stressful emotional environments
  • Stress

Fact 3: Compassion, caring and nurturing strengntens the Spleen Meridian

The more compassion, caring and nurturing you have in your life, the stronger your Spleen Meridian – and happy energy – will be.

Fact 4: Indifference, anger and hostility take out your Spleen Meridian.

Nothing but nothing dissolves your happy energy faster or more effectively than being yelled at, ignored, neglected (especially if you're a child) or beaten-up, both verbally and otherwise. You can also seriously short-out your Spleen Meridian if you're prone to guilt-tripping yourself for making mistakes or beating yourself up for not always doing everything perfect .

How to keep Spleen Meridian strong

Now you know just how serious spleen can be getting, and staying happy, here's a few easy things you can do to keep it strong and healthy:

  • Pray on it – God can move mountains, even if you're still stuffing in the microwave meals and living next to a nuclear reactor.
  • Make sure you're giving and getting enough healthy compassion in your life.
  • Do your best to avoid or minimize the stuff that's wiping it out (and if you're not sure what that is, re-read Fact 2, above, to remind you).
  • Exercise regularly – dancing for at least five mad minutes is the single Best way to instantly give your Happy Energy a boost.
  • Use the simple energy technique (described below) to strengthen the Spleen Meridian.

A super-easy technique to strengthen spleen energetically: Tap the spleen pressure points

A great, easy way to strengthen your Happy Energy is to regularly tap or rub the spleen acupressure and neurolymphatic points. These points are located just under your boobs, in front, or at the side of your boobs. Tap whichever area feet more tender – the more energy has got blocked or trapped there, the more it will hurt.

You can sum-up everything we've just learned together like this:

The stronger Spleen is, the happier you'll feel.

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5 Tips to Beat Seasonal Depression

Many people experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD) that causes depressive episodes during different seasons. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) says that around 4 to 10 percent people in the United States suffer from SAD. However, some studies suggest that nearly 20 percent people may be affected by this disorder. Although more people are affected by SAD during winter season, one can exhibit depressive symptoms even during summer season.

When summer is marked by rainy days, things tend to worsen. Rainy days mean less light, which makes a person sleepy and gloomy with the bodies signaling that it is time to rest. If you do not like summer and feel that depression engulfs you in this weather, here are five summer depression busters that you can adopt:

  1. Plan something to lift the mood: To beat the summer blues, one does not have to plan an exotic holiday that might create a hole in the pocket. Going to a quiet café for lunch with a friend, or going on a long drive might just help beat the low mood. Planning something interesting through the entire summer can boost the mood and cut down depressed episodes.
  2. Do not dehydrate : Summer is the time when dehydration can catch you unawares. Have adequate water, citrus fruits, or refreshing juices to keep yourself hydrated. According to the studies conducted by the University of Connecticut's Human Performance Laboratory, even mild dehydration can significantly alter a person's mood, energy levels and his ability to think clearly. Researchers recommend that individuals should drink eight glasses or 8 ounce water a day, which is approximately equivalent to about 2 liters.
  3. Be near people: Being in isolation can make one more depressed than ever. One of the best things to do when depressed is to catch hold of a few friends and spend time with them. One can chat near a pool or just watch TV together. Even picking up a phone and calling up someone can help beat summer blues.
  4. Involve yourself in something new: Summer is a great time to take part in new activities. Break the monotony and try new things. For example, getting up early in the morning and taking a jog at a park will refresh the mind. Learning a new sport can also help better the mood and distract from depressive thoughts.
  5. Eat foods that help boost moods : When depressed, a person is honest to eat more. Moreover, during the summers, diet soda, ice cream, sweets, etc., usually become integral part of our daily food. But it must be remembered that sugar can aggravate depressive symptoms. Once the sugary flavor wears out, one might just feel worse than ever. Thus, it is recommended to consume healthy foods that boost the moods, like walnuts, blueberries, yogurt, chocolates, turkey, greasy fish, etc.

Battling summer depression

Just when baking the heat was a task in itself, depression stepped in to add to the problems. However, with little efforts from our own self, we can fight depression this summer and feel new and refreshing. But if depression persists and there is no relief from the terrible mood swings, opt for a depression help .

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Identifying Common Signs of Depression

Depression is the leading cause of disability in the United States, as per the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). It is a serious mental condition that needs immediate attention because neglecting or delaying treatment would only exacerbate the condition.

Love and care from the near and dear ones are crucial to a long-term recovery, apart from conventional treatment procedures. So, it becomes imperative to be aware of symptoms and behaviors which are indicative of depression in a person.

Although, at times, signs of depression could be hard to read, there are a few most common ones which can easily be identified and are telltale signs of the disease. Here, we look at some of the most common and obvious symptoms of depression:

Calling in sick frequently to workplace

The most common excuse of a depressed person is to call in sick frequently and avoid attaching work. It could have due to his or her relationship to interact with others and run away from situations. At times, a person could actually be unwell because of bodily aches and sleeplessness caused by depression. But whatever the reasons, the attendance in the office of a depressed person is significantly lower than his / her colleagues. They may also lack consistency in job performance and appear to be lost and incoherent.

Cutting ties with family and friends

This is an ominous sign when an otherwise friendly and lively person suddenly cuts all ties with family members and close friends. A depressed person stops socializing and enjoys being a recluse. There is complete abhorrence for activities once he or she enjoyed. This isolation may further worsen the symptoms and aggravate other hidden mental conditions in a person. So, family members should shoulder the responsibility and seek immediate help from clinicians and psychiatrists.

Frequenting doctor for vague and imaginary problems

A depressed person may be regularly plagued by imaginary fears and tend to experience unexplained body aches and pains. They may become hypochondriac and frequently visit the doctor for no apparent reasons. It explains how troubled they are from deep within. Staying away from treatment for long would not help the cause but deteriorate the condition. Antidepressants help in alleviating both the mental and physical pains in a patient.

Problem sleeping

Almost 80 percent of the depressed people have problem in sleeping. They may be crying in beds for a longer period than others, but they hardly manage a sound sleep. For most of it, they would only toss and turn on their beds, but devoid of any sleep. Inadequate and problem sleeping is the earliest sign of depression. A person losing sleep at home needs immediate attention and treatment should be taken right away.

Eating less than usual

Depression is invariably linked to poor eating and loss of appetite. A depressed person will not eat properly and tend to lose interests in food he / she enjoyed earlier. A possible fallout of this could be weight loss and the person would appear frail and thin. Not eating properly is an indication that the depressed person is losing interests in the necessities and pleasures of life, including food and sleep.

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How to Come Out From Depression

Depression is a prolonged feeling of sadness, fear, hopelessness, anxiety, anger, guilt, helplessness and emptiness. The person suffering from depression may lose interest in the activities that once used to excite him. They may have problems in making decisions, remembering details and face relationship difficulties. They may even attempt or commit suicide.

The person going through depression may be suffering from insomnia, excessive sleeping, fatigue, digestive problems, loss of energy and enthusiasm.

There is a wide spectrum of the things or events which can cause depressions. Some serious hardships during childhood like loss of a loved one, sexual or physical abuse can lead to depression in the later stages of life. Certain changes in human body like the menopause, childbirth, certain medical diagnosis (cancer, HIV), certain medication can be the cause of a depressed mood.

Chronic use of certain drugs of abuse including alcohol, sedatives, and opioids like heroin could aggravate the problem. Financial problems, job related issues, bullying, jealousy, and separation, social isolations are among the other reasons which make people vulnerable to depression.

When you're depressed, it can feel as if you will never be able to get out of this trap.
However even the most severe depressions are treatable.

If your depression is not allowing you to lead a normal life, do not hesitate to seek help. There are many effective treatments from therapy to medication to healthy lifestyle changes that can help you get better.

Here are a few depression treatment tips that can be of great help but keep in mind that there is no “one size fits all” treatment. What is beneficial for one person might not work for the other, so plan accordingly. Remember there is no hard and fast rule to treat depression.

– Try to find the root cause of your depression: It is important to know whether your depression is due to an underlying medical condition or some personal problem and then try to find the treatment accordingly.

– Do not rely on medication alone: ​​it can help you treat the symptoms of depression for short or moderate term, but usually not suitable for long term use. You can ask for professional help.

– Get social support: start sharing your problem with your friends, family or you can even join some support groups. Joining a support group is a great idea because all the members there can easily refer to your problem and can help you get better by sharing their personal experiences.

– Exercise: lifestyle changes like doing regular exercise can be as effective as medication. During exercising a number of chemicals like endorphins, serotonins are released inside the brains which help you feel good. Even a 30-60 minutes workout can do wonders. Going for a walk in nature, spending time among the plants and trees have also benefitted people suffering from depression.

– Nutrition: Eating a healthy and balanced diet will help you stay energetic the whole day and would avoid frequent mood swings. People who are constantly on a diet are usually very irritable and tend to look at things negatively, that is because we need a certain amount of good fat for our brain cells to function properly and when we are devoid of the same our whole system goes into low energy leading to a depressive frame of mind.

– Sleep: Sleep directly affects your mood. Sleep deprivation amplifies irritability, moodiness, sadness, and fatigue. Make it very sure that you take at least seven hours of sleep a day.

An estimated 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression globally. Half of the people suffering from this disorder do not seek any medical or professional help because of the societal stigma associated with it. Our society need to be a little open minded and should accept them the way they are.

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Why It Is Important to Take Medication for Depression

You may feel like your chest is being constrained because of all the thoughts you have. There are reasons for medication to be available, especially for depression. Here are the reasons why you should take medication even though you do not think it will work.

Depression is a serious and increasing condition. Although there are many situations that have been caused because of it, people will not take it seriously. Why? Because of the rates that it has increased. It goes around in a loop to a point that no one knows where to turn anymore. This reason is why people start to isolate themselves from everyone else. Anti-depressants are there so you can avoid certain scenarios and thoughts such as this one.

First of all, what are anti-depressants? The main purpose of these little pills is so that they can balance the chemicals in your brain to keep your mood at a neutral point. They do not needarily make you happy, known from experience, but rather keep you at an “in-between” state.

Many depression sufferers have the unfortunate condition of insomnia. The medication helps the sufferer to sleep better which is also a way of improving moods. So instead of feeling tired and sad, which causes you to feel even worse, you now only feel sad. It does not sound like much but believe that it does do a great favor.

According to learned psychology, the constrictiveness felt in your chest is because of the feelings you have towards your thoughts. Many have the hate towards their bodies, their position in life such as their jobs or the younger, less known sibling, and even just because they have never been happy (it is possible). This is another important reason to take the anti-depressant. Chances are that people have such hate towards themselves is because once-upon-a-time some person decided that you have to have the label of “stupid” or “fat”. If you can move, get up and walk you are not fat. Unfortunately, it is not simple getting people to believe that because of the comment they heard before this one. First impressions are important and a negative comment sticks longer than the first positive comment.

Many times you tell yourself that there is no point in taking what the doctor prescribed. That, in fact, is another reason why taking it is so important. The indecisiveness is a symptom of depression and can cause even more problems for you. That feeling of not being able to make a decision is another cause for the constrictive feeling in your chest.

Depression is a continuous loop in your brain. Make sure that when you take the medication that you have a change in your mood. It may not happen in the first few days but something is bound to happen. Never think that nothing will help. Someone is always there to listen to you.

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Things to Do to Fight Back Depression

Depression does not happen by choice; it is a malady that can come unannounced. It is like walking in a dark corridor without any clue about light on the other end. Depression makes one feel helpless, sad, tired and miserable without any reason. But it is not a sign of weakness of the human mind; it is, in fact, a severe mental disorder caused due to a change in the neurotransmitters of the brain. It affects moods, thoughts, sleep and even energy levels.

However, depression is a battle that can be won by adopting the right strategies. One can successfully overcome the agonies of this debilitating mental condition and lead a better life. Few steps that one can follow to fight depression and stay happy are:

1. Getting treated: Depression is an illness, like any other physical illness, which requires professional help. Medical experts are capable of diagnosing the intensity of the disorder and suggesting the best treatment. They will not judge the patient, but will patiently hear his / her woes without jumping to conclusions. Psychotherapies, coupled with medications, can help a person get back on track and lead a happy life. So, if one sees any symptoms of depression, he / she should seek treatment immediately.

2. Committing to recovery process: The process of achieving something is never too easy. One should commit to getting better, no matter how tough the process is. Recovery is not a one-day affair; it takes time and patience to recover from depression.

3. Believing in oneself: Depression can make a person lose confidence, but that will only aggravate the condition. Believing in oneself, especially in one's abilities, to overcome hardships is the best way to keep going.

4. Involving in interesting activities: Instead of laming over the situation, involving oneself in interesting activities can help manage depression effectively. Exercise, for example, produces endorphins that work as an antidepressant. So, regular exercise can help the body fight negative tendencies and feel refreshed. Meditation and yoga can help ward off negative thoughts and bring in positive energies.

After depression, joy can be a part of life

It is essential to seek treatment to overcome depression and lead a healthy life. Developing stronger ties with people with whom one banners connected can help beat the chronic blues. A recent study by the University of Toronto found that more than 40 percent of the surveyed people who previously had depression reported feelings of happiness or satisfaction almost daily, which is a healthy sign.

Lead author, Esme Fuller-Thomson said that the duration of depression did not have any impact on the recovery. “Our findings provide a hopeful message for both clients and clinicians: It is within the grasp of many individuals who have previously succumbed to depression to fully flourish and achieve complete mental health,” she added.

Today, the focus on mental health has moved beyond “just survival” to “recovery.” Patrick Corrigan, a professor of psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology, said that initially it was about stealing hope away from people, but the recovery movement has reintroduced hope to the diagnoses.

Way to a depression-free future

Recovery from depression is attainable only if a person embraces the process of reclaiming a normal life. Today, medical science offers ample therapies and treatments that cater to a person's overall condition other than certain fragments of the disease.

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4 Things to Know About Postpartum Depression

The feeling of giving birth to a baby and the joy of experiencing motherhood is probably the best phase for a woman. However, amid all the happiness and celebrations lie a hidden truth that most people seem to ignore: the probability of postpartum depression (PPD). PPD is real and can affect a mother within the first month of delivery, but the risk can persist longer.

According to a research review published in the Harvard Review of Psychiatry in May 2016, approximately 14.5 percent women generally experience an episode of depression during pregnancy or in the initial months of delivery. However, many seem to overlook the symptoms of PPD and do not seek treatment. PPD may even impact the child as it significantly hampers the child's behavioral and emotional development.

Dr. Erin Smith of the Western Psychiatric Institute and the Clinic of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and colleges said, “Postpartum depression remains vastly under-diagnosed and under-treated, despite widespread consensus regarding itsvalence and potentially devastating consequences.”

Some of the important things to know about PPD are listed here:

  1. Do not confuse between hormonal changes and PPD : PPD can haunt anyone, be it a first-time mother or any other woman. Due to hormonal changes, feeling low in an instant and normal soon is a part of motherhood. But in case of continuous depressive episodes, when restlessness and misery become a regular affair, voraciously taking a toll on the woman, she might be suffering from PPD and probably needs medical help.
  2. PPD does not define you as a bad mother : Becoming a mother does not come without challenges. PPD can occur in most cases and is not rare. It does not define one as a bad mother, however. If it would have, then there would have been so many bad mothers around the world. The cycle of pregnancy and motherhood comes with its own challenges. A woman has to go through the terrible labor pain and after the delivery she has to be involved in nursing and feeding for hours. She has to attend to the child and her own needs. Mothers are bound to suffer from depression with varying degrees of severity. Some suffer from mild symptoms that can be ignored, but some others experience persistent episodes of depression.
  3. It can occur anytime between the first month and a year : Typically, PPD occurs within the first month of delivery, though there are risks of its occurrence even after a couple of months. Hollywood actor Courtney Cox suffered from PPD after six months of her baby's birth. While speaking about her delayed PPD to the USA Today , she said, “I could not sleep. My heart was racing. And I got really depressed.” PPD can last for more than a year, so it is important to seek treatment as soon as your body starts showing certain instabilities.
  4. Do not indulge in alcohol : Alcohol is definitely bad. The entire concept of drawing comfort from alcohol is nothing but a short-lived euphoria that can be detrimental to the mother's health. There is no point in taming the depressing thoughts through alcohol because they are bound to recur. A better solution is to sit with a friend or a family member and talk over a cup of coffee, may be.

Dealing with PPD

PPD is treatable with the right kind of treatment. Psychotherapy, coupled with some medications, can be a reasonable option to tackle depressive episodes based on one's condition.

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5 Myths About Depression Debunked

Each year, millions of Americans are affected by depression. Despite this, people have their own mythical perceptions about depression and its occurrence. Very few people seem to understand the suffering of going through an entire period of numbness, where sadness becomes the norm and suicidal thoughts hover in the mind incessantly.

It is time to learn that depression is not “just a sad day” due to “some terrible occurrence” or “just experiencing Monday blues”. Depression is beyond any kind of stereotypical myths; it is serious and needs treatment. Here is a list of five common myths about depression:

  1. Depression is synonymous to sadness: Sadness is a symptom of depression and not the same thing. Sadness is momentary, mostly caused by some tragic events or stressful memories. Depression, on the other hand, is chronic and can be life-threatening. Depressed people have feelings beyond sadness, in the form of anxiousness, uneasiness, tension, nervousness, etc.
  2. Depression emerges from tough situations: Traumatic or tough situations can trigger depression, such as the death of a loved one, a bad relationship, loss of a job, etc. It does not require any particular situation after which it will surface. Depression can be diagnosed by prolonged episodes of hopelessness, agitation, apathy or emptiness with no specific cause.
  3. Depression is all in the head: Of course not! Depression is beyond emotional upheavals and can have physical manifestations too. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has listed some of the physical symptoms of depression, including loss of energy, fatigue, headache, indigestion, breathlessness, stomach aches, etc. People generally tend to overlook these symptoms thinking that depression can be diagnosed only with emotional signs.
  4. Antidepressants are the best treatment for depression: It is not about popping a pill today and getting better tomorrow. Prescription of antidepressants are done on a case-by-case basis and it depends on the condition of a patient. If a person is suffering from a mild to moderate depression, he may get better through psychotherapies. However, if a person is suffering from a major depression, a doctor may prescribe antidepressants, or both. Everything depends on what suits the patient best and helps to curb the depressive symptoms.
  5. One can not “snap out” of depression: As physical ailments need treatment, people with depression also can not “snap out of it” as it is a serious mental condition requiring proper diagnostic treatment. Depression can make people feel utterly helpless and telling them “to start feeling happy” will only make things worse. What they need is medical attention, and not remorseful comments.

Depression-free future is achievable

People with depression can certainly come out of their mental woes if they seek proper treatment. A comprehensive treatment procedure consisting of psychotherapy and pharmacological treatments can help a person get better. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a useful tool in treating depression. A therapist helps a patient solve current problems and deal with mental insurances during counseling sessions.

The irony is that most sufferers do not realize that they are suffering from depression and abstain from discussing their mental issues with family and friends, mainly because of the prevailing prejudices. However, it is extremely important to seek medical assistance if there are any signs of depressive symptoms. One should not wait for it engulf one's life.

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4 Things to Know If You Are Battling Depression

Depression can be the shackles of pain that prevails the rays of hope from reaching the affected person. It can dominate the mind with such suppressive thoughts that they would threaten to blow up the very existence of the sufferer. In fact, depression just bends anyone under its increasing pressure of distress and anguish. But it can be overcome with proper therapies and treatments.

Millions of people across the world are fighting depression. However, at times, they tend to overlook or are ignorant about certain facts that hold true for this mental condition. People should understand depression in depth to cope with the instabilities of the mind. Given below is a list of key truths, adapted from the Huffington Post website, which a person struggling with depression should know:

1. Not everything you think might be real: More than the situations, it is our thoughts that make us depressed. For example, if a woman is struggling with weight gain, she would tend to see only lean and thin women and would forget the fact that many women are out there fighting weight gain. The mind tends to come up with certain thoughts that would make the person believe that everyone else else than him or her is happy in the world.

Depression makes a person believe what one thinks. Everything that is backed by rationality vanishes into thin air and irrationality becomes the norm. So, it is important for a person to debunk such thoughts and try to think only about pleasant things.

2. Deflate negativity, upgrade for the better: Typically, a depressed person has thoughts like: “Things are never going to get better”; “I can never come out of this”; “My life is ruined”, and so on. But such thoughts will do no good and only aggravate the problem. With a little support and willpower, a person can transform such negativity into some positive outlook towards life like: “Things can be better”; “I can overcome my situation”; “I am worthy enough to succeed”.

3. Do the opposite of what “the voice” suggests : During a depressive episode, the inner voice will give life advices, which should not be followed. For example, if it suggests to stay at home during a weekend and sulk for all the mishaps of life, one should do just the opposite – Visit a friend's home, go out for shopping, watch a movie with a loved one, etc. Learning to have in contrast to the voice will help one kill negative thoughts and move out of the painful grip.

4. No one is fighting depression alone: When depression sets in, one tends to believe that he or she is the worst sufferer. But that is not the case. There are people who have felt depressed and have gone through worst of phases, while there are some who have never had depression in their lives. One has to realize that the world is a home to all kinds of people, some battle mental issues and some not.

Way to a depression-free life

Depression is treatable with the right kind of treatments. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), for example, is an effective treatment for depression. However, seeking professional treatment with a specialized depression treatment plan is the best way to conquer this mental illness.

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Experiencing the Hour of Darkness

A young person I know very well told me recently that they do not live a day at a time, but mostly it's an hour at a time. The concept has gravity. There was weight to the words, for it was the case of a real and present danger, a darkness lurking, where what was spoken of implied the potential that the very next moment could take all sense of hope and rationality; a darkness descended.

I know of such hours. I recall times when one hour felt like a whole day. On other occasions, I remember, within one hour, feeling fine, then only to sink into a menacing spiral.

“What happened?” I'd think. “How could my hour / day be hijacked so instantly?”

The thing is, until this happens to you, until you're overwhelmed in a panic attack, you do not believe it's possible – for someone else, maybe, but not for you. Then you experience it for the first time, and a worst type of reality is born into existence. But such an horrendous reality is not the end of the story; it's really a beginning of something far better, if we embark on a learning journey, though I do not want to halt necessary descriptions of darkness just yet.

Experiencing the hour of darkness teachers us something about the weight of life.

It teaches us about the gravity indwelt in reality. It opens the eyes of our mind, penetrating the heart to fathoms, and makes us serious, wiser, more compassionate persons overnight. It grabs our attention, making us ever more empathic to myriad plights in the world.

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Experiencing the hour of darkness, as a swarm of spiritual heaviness hovers with fleeting swiftness, is best done still. Nothing can be added just like nothing can be taken away. Stay still, silent in your mind, hold the key of the moment, and do nothing silly.

For all those who've lived in this hourly frame, you're not alone. The seconds are arduous, the minutes contemplous, the hour's pitch darkness.

Experiencing the hour of darkness reminds us to be grateful for the return of the hour of light.

Anxiety and depression, however atrophic they are, expand our empathy, and deepen our compassion.

© 2016 SJ Wickham.

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Ways to Deal With Teen Depression

Teenage is a phase of major changes in a child's life; it is a period of transition from childhood to adulthood, both mentally and physically. Here, the term teenage trauma is a reality as many adolescents feel the blues during this period. But the situation becomes alarming when it triggers the onset of actual depression in them which qualifies for intervention.

According to a “Mental Health Surveillance among Children” report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a total of 13-20 percent children living in the United States experience some kind of mental disorder in a given year.

The CDC said that for some children these mental disorders might lead to serious complications at home, school, and in interpersonal relationships with peers and could possibly lead to substance use, criminal behavior, and other risk-taking behaviors.

Unrealistic academic expectations, peer pressure, parental and societal pressures and a host of other contributing factors may lead to depression in teenagers. When the situation goes out of control and develops into full-blown depression, the treatment becomes unavoidable. Parents, guardians and elders in the family have to shoulder the responsibility under such a circumstance to save their children from the muck.

Recognizing symptoms of teenage depression

Depression in teens can lead to other serious complications, such as bipolar disorder, which has symptoms that alternate between periods of euphoria and depression. Recent surveys indicate that as many as 20 percent teens suffer from clinical depression which calls for a prompt action from parents in the form of immediate treatment for their wards. Here, recognizing the symptoms of depression in teens is of utmost importance.

Signs of depression in teens

It's a matter of concern when teens exhibit the following symptoms for more than two weeks:

  • Poor academic performance in school
  • Withdrawal from friends and activities
  • Feeling of melancholy and hopelessness
  • Severe lack of enthusiasm, energy or motivation
  • Anger and temper
  • Severe reaction to criticism
  • Too much of perfectionism
  • Low self-esteem or guilt
  • Indecision, lack of concentration or forgetfulness
  • Restlessness and agitation
  • Changes in eating or sleeping patterns
  • Substance use
  • Run-ins with authority
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions

Treatment of teen depression

Immediate medical intervention is very important for depressed teenagers so that it can be contained at the earliest. For, depression can exacerbate over time and could be life-threatening. Effective treatment procedures for depression in teens include:

Psychotherapy : It helps teens by providing an opportunity to explore events and feelings that are painful or troubling. Psychotherapy also improves coping skills to them.

Medication : It alleviates some symptoms of depression and is often prescribed in conjuction with a behavioral therapy.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy : It helps teens in changing negative thinking patterns and behavior into positive and constructive ones.

Interpersonal therapy : It is more or less like counseling in schools. Interpersonal therapy fosters and maintains healthy relationships at home and school.

There are a plethora of treatment centers spread across the country which can help teens and parents tide over such a predicament.

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A Supportive Family Environment Can Reduce Depression in Teens: Study

“May be I can not stop the downpour, but I will always, always join you for a walk in the rain,” these words by philosopher and author Albert Camus invariably support to be change agent in one's life.

A person may be going through a rough patch in life, but a little support from family and friends can help him keep going. A recent study by the University of Cambridge suggests that support from friends and family can lower the depression risk in teenagers. The research, published in the open access journal PLOS ONE in May 2016, revealed that a supportive family environment can be an important social factor in preventing teenage depression.

The study also stated that exposure to a negative environment in the family during childhood can make a teenager a prelude to bullying, in comparison to his peers.

Chance of developing depression more during adolescence

Adolescence is the time of key developments and increases the risks of mental illnesses, like depression and anxiety disorders. It can increase considering with initial signs and symptoms visible during this period. Childhood family adversities, like negative parenting, family loss, financial constraints, lack of affection from a loved one, sexual abuse, etc., can play a key role in causing depression. Moreover, such situations make a teen subject to bullying in school. The combination of both can invariably affect a child's life, making him prone to severe depression.

The researchers at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge analyzed 771 teenagers, including 322 boys and 449 girls. They examined the relationship between childhood family adversities and bullying before the age of 11, impact of friendships and family support at age 14 and appearance of depressive symptoms at age 17.

The researchers found that support from family and friends during early adolescence can help reduce depressive symptoms in teenage years. Moreover, such support can help children cope with early stress by improving their self-esteem which helps them sail through difficult situations. Such a positive environment assists children in building effective interpersonal skills that help them manage adverse situations. However, the study did not reflect on how social support can influence or affect mental health later in life.

The researchers also said that boys who have been bullied are less likely to develop strong friendship during adolescence in comparison to girls. But the study suggested that the difference exists because the boys suffered from severe bullying or were more sensitive to bullying that left an impact on their lives.

First author of the study Dr. Anne-Laura van Harmelen said, “Adolescents who had experienced negative family environments are more likely to be bullied at school, and less likely to receive family support in adolescence. We also found that children who were bullied in primary school were less likely to have supporting friendships in adolescence. ”

The researchers also found a strong relationship between having a negative family environment and being bullied in school. Thus, a teen tends to get severe depression as he suffers from two odds of life.

Building positive relationships can help reduce depression

Senior author of the study Professor Ian Goodyer said, “Our work really shows how important it is that children and teenagers have strong support from their family and friends, particularly if their childhood has been a difficult one.”

The researchers recommended that targeted interventions should be endeavored to develop strong social relationships among adolescents with stressful childhood. Moreover, school-based mental health programs can play an important role in strengthening friendships through active facilitation of social skills.

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Depression: Why Do Only Some People Feel Depressed When They Are Carrying Toxic Shame?

It has been said that depression is one of the most common mental and emotional problems in today's world, and while some people might experience it from time to time, there are others who are more familiar with it. This is then not going to be something that affects everyone is the same way.

But while depression can be seen as something that is a bad thing, it could be said that it is not this black and white. In many ways, it might be more accurate to say that depression is a normal part of life.

A Label

After all, this is a word that is used to describe a number of different symptoms, and these symptoms did not simply appear after the word started to be used. The kinds of experiences people have when they are depressed have been around for many, many years.

Now, this is not to say that labeling this experience has not had an effect on how people perceive what is taking place for them, as this is clearly not the case. As a result of the approach that is now taken, it can mean that what was seen as a normal experience in the past is often seen as something that needs to be treated.

The Other Way

Also it would be an oversight to overlook the effect modern day world has had people's mental and emotional health. The world is constantly changing and the kinds of challenges people now have to face are not the same as the ones their ancestors had to face in the past.

On one hand, technology has made certain things easier and on the other hand, it had also created more stress. The sheer pace of modern day life causes people to experience a lot of pressure.

The New Normal

What has played a part in changing what were normal experiences in the past to experiences that are now seen as abnormal is the belief that human beings should always be happy. Based on this, only one side of the emotional spectrum has a purpose and the other side needs to be eliminated.

But this is generally not seen as something that will take place through the effort that someone puts in; it is typically seen as something that will happen through consuming something. A number of different drugs can be taken in order for one to achieve this outcome.

Empty

However, this is something that is likely to cause one to be disconnected from life, and instead of feeling happy all the time, they could end up being numb. The experiences they have that would usually cause them to experience discomfort will not have the same effect on them.

It would then be more accurate to see them as someone who observes life instead of experiences it. So, not only do they miss out on all the 'bad' moments, they also miss out on the 'good' moments.

An Unexpected Outcome

So out of the need to make life better for people (and / or to make more money), the people behind the need to change how people experience life have created even more problems. It could be said that they have simply caused people to lose touch with who they are.

Having the ability to experience life from both sides of the spectrum is then not something that gives life meaning and depth, it is something that needs to be changed. To experience life is this way is not going to be much better than being overwhelmed with pain.

Depression

If one has just experienced loss, it will be normal for them to feel down, and this could be an experience that lasts with them for months or even years. It can all depend on who has passed on and the kind of connection they had with them.

What could also create a similar experience to this is when a relationship comes to an end. It may not matter how long they have been together or if they had a strong connection, as they can still feel down.

Toxic Shame

When one finds it hard to feel good about themselves, they can also be used to feeling depressed. The reason they feel this way could be due to what happened during their childhood years, and this may have been a time where they experienced some kind of abuse and / or neglect.

This would have set one up to be shamed-based, and this means that they do not experience shame from time to time; it will be a regular occurrence. It is then not going to be much of a surprise for them to feel as they do.

Another Experience

Still, this does not mean that everyone who is carrying toxic shame will feel depressed, and this is because it is possible for one to disconnect from how they feel. When this happens, one will not find it hard to feel good about themselves, as they will have created false-self that allows them to experience a false sense of superiority.

This can mean that one will be used to experiencing anger and rage, and this will allow them to elevate their mood. Through being out of touch with their true feelings, it could cause them to be critical of people who are depressed.

A Different Expression

It could then be said that what they are criticizing in others is what they have disowned within themselves. But until they are willing to face what is taking place within them, they will continue to have in the same way.

And while it can be easy for someone who is not depressed to see themselves as being in a better position than someone who is not, this can be nothing more than an illusion. The only difference can be that one person is caught up in how they feel and another is avoiding how they feel.

Awareness

There could also be moments when one goes from feeling depressed to being angry, or when one goes from being angry to being depressed. When it comes to moving beyond this challenge, it may be necessary for one to work with a therapist and / or a support group.

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