Depression, a Modern World Epidemic

Depression is such a common ailment and so misunderstood. Most of us, at some point in our lives, will feel the nieblariscossepang of desolation, of frustration, that we feel, has not solution.

Some times the trigger can be sadness or loss, stress and anxiety about future events for which we don’t see an easy outcome. Still sometimes the feeling of desperation and deep sorrow comes apparently from nowhere. Feelings of desperation and powerlessness hit us in the face, when it appears that everything is all right.

Scientists tell us that depression maybe caused by chemical imbalances, that there has to be no specific reason to feel the blues. But I think that it may be a combination of many things. I think that anxiety about the future, shame and guilt about the past, and boredom about a present may have a lot to do with it; a present that we don’t understand and that we don’t know how to live in. The feelings of unworthiness and low self-esteem can easily be traced to what we, as social individuals, are told that we need to accomplish. Being the beautiful woman, the strong man, indefatigable mother, good girl and model citizen. We strive for perfection when we are human, we set goals so high that we can ‘t reach. Once we realize that we can’t achieve as much as we set out to do, that we have good and bad days, and some awful ones, we set in to defeat and despair. Sometimes we don’t understand that life’s ups and downs are part of the normal cycle of our existence, that some days we win and some days we loose. It is in human nature.

We go through times in which we feel that the world is ours and that we can do anything, nothing will fade out bliss, we are all powerful and mighty. And then we are down again.

Feeling at loss and incapable of having a perfect life makes it hard for many. Living constantly exposed to other’s experiences we feel inadequate, failing to understand that the exposed part of others is either momentary or fake, we all cover up something. We believe that everyone is living better than us, more fulfilling lives that we do, and we start declining in to despair. Our moods change, and we start seeing ourselves falling in to a deep hole, incapable of lifting ourselves up. Here is where I think that our chemistry changes. We keep on telling our brain and our body that we are not good enough, that we are set for failure and the chemistry in our body changes. The brain and the organs are hearing us and will follow our directions, whether we are aware of it or not.

The options to treat this disease are many. Western medicine offers antidepressants and talk therapy, which in some cases may help, mostly as a way of controlling the worst part of it, the scariest symptoms. But for the most part, I believe that a change of attitude and of way of looking at things is the key to all this. Do the therapy and do the drugs if you feel that they will help you, but most of all, get a new hobby, retrain your brain to think positively and bring activity in to your life to bring self-esteem and confidence back in to your days.

Self-love is key to our existence. When we love ourselves we strive for better and bigger things, and we have more time and love for others.

After going through hell, name it depression, people tend to be more aware, more compassionate and loving of others. And this, I believe, has a lot to do with the fact that most everyone that overcomes depression has been able to bring a big dose of self-respect, self-awareness and self-love in to their lives.

Find what brings spark in to your life, meditation, mindfulness, relaxation, sports, a healthy diet, a new image. Whatever it takes is worth it, work for a bright new day.

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