What is Depression ?
In the U.K. there are at least three million people suffering from depression. Self-doubt, recrimination, loss of appetite, insomnia and emotional instability are all common symptoms. Depression is defined as ‘a feeling of persistent gloom due to disappointment, loss or failure’. ‘Reactive depression’ is when a persons ability to deal with stress is outweighed by current events and traumas, leading to stress. The person does not lose touch with reality, but just finds it harder to cope with certain tasks – feeling worn out and ‘blue’. However, in ‘clinical’ depression, the person is in a deeper state of despair (often termed a psychotic state) and loses touch with many aspects of their reality and day-to-day life. Expert help and guidance is required when recovering from clinical depression.
What causes depression?
There are many known possible organic and psychological causes that may trigger a depressive state, such as crisis and trauma. Holding on to powerful human emotions, such as grief or anger, can induce a depressive state. Also, depression can be viewed as a spiritual disease – when someone has lost touch with their essence, and what brings joy and happiness into their lives. Persistent negative thinking can also lead to depressive feelings – how we think really creates our perception of the world and people around us.
What treats depression?
It is important when dealing with ‘reactive depression’ to try and find the source or root of what lead you to this state. If there is a maintaining cause (eg: relationship or debt) – look for outside help to guide you through the difficult times.
Conventional medical treatments still tend to focus on anti-depressant medications, many of which can be addictive and have harmful side effects. Anti-depressants are not a long term solution, as they merely mask and suppress the symptoms. There are many therapies suitable – homeopathy, reflexology, massage, bio-resonance to name few. In all cases, look carefully at your diet and stimulant (alcohol, and drugs) intake. Many foods, especially sugar based can cause havoc with the emotions by interfering with the blood sugar level, causing mood swings.
A depressive state can be a powerful motivator for deciding to make changes in your life. In hindsight some view depression as having a positive impact – a ‘turning point’ in one’s life. It can be done…and fortunately there are many alternative approaches that can help.