Healing Depression Naturally: #2 — If You Suffer From Depression You Are Not Alone. There is a Path to Happiness
· Do you isolate yourself when you are depressed?
· Do you want to reach out but don’t know how to?
· Do you want a greater sense of meaning in your life?
If you suffer from depression, you are not alone, and there is hope.
I have personally experienced a deep, seemingly never-ending depression — fatigue daily sadness, misery, and hopelessness. In the winter of 1984/’85, I experienced no pleasure and doubted that I ever would again. My depression was precipitated by a crisis in my business and by a betrayal by someone I cared for deeply. This, combined with a predisposition towards hypoglycemia and a history of extreme attention deficit, kept me rolled up in bed much of the time. Though I was able to take care of my fundamental needs, I did so as if trapped in a dark tunnel. This story is not specifically born out of that experience. Yet the opportunity to write it brought forward in my mind my experience with depression — an experience I had almost forgotten about.
The thing to remember when you are falling into the dark hole of depression is that this is not a selective disease. Depression can affect an individual of any race, religion, nation, economic class, and political persuasion.
The great composer Cole Porter fell into a deep depression in the late 1940s that plagued him to his death in 1964. Winston Churchill suffered through most of his life in a struggle with depression that he came to call “the black dog.” Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, began suffering from a type of depression he called “the melancholy of things done.” The great writer and storyteller Mark Twain suffered from a period of great depression towards the end of his life; Abraham Lincoln, considered by many to be the greatest of all American presidents, suffered from what was then called melancholy throughout his life; and poet Emily Dickinson wrote a poem about an emotional breakdown she experienced, saying, “I felt a funeral in my brain.”
Depression often seems to have a life of its own. Like some creature from one of those “Alien” movies, it grows inside of you and begins to consume you. Friends and family want to help, offer support, but what they say just doesn’t get in. When you are depressed, you feel completely isolated. Depressed individuals sincerely want help and yet they often seem paralyzed in acting on that desire. People with the best of intentions will tell you to “get on with your life,” “snap out of it,” “think positive,” and “exercise!” It isn’t as easy as that. Depression, and the treatment of its symptoms, is both basic and highly complex at the same time.
But remember this. No matter how hopeless the situation may seem, do not give up hope. There is a way back to a life of meaning, joy, and happiness.
This story is part of a series designed to give you tools, tips, techniques, strategies, and solid solutions for managing your depression as well as many other mental and emotional challenges. The short introduction to the series can be read at…
The Very Positive Takeaway
You don’t need to be alone here. Reach out. do a Zoom group therapy class. Join a support group on Facebook. Develop A healthy lifestyle, read about life skills on Medium. Get bodywork/massage, physical activity, and many other approaches can have a protective effect on the emergence of depression.
Reminiscence of old and fond memories is another alternative form of treatment, especially for the elderly who have lived longer and have more experiences in life. It is a method that causes a person to recollect memories of their own life, leading to a process of self-recognition and identifying familiar stimuli. By maintaining one’s personal past and identity, it is a technique that stimulates people to view their lives in a more objective and balanced way, causing them to pay attention to positive information in their life stories, which would successfully reduce depressive mood levels.
Physical activity can also decrease depressive symptoms due to the release of neurotrophic proteins in the brain that can help to rebuild the hippocampus that may be reduced due to depression. Also, yoga, Tai Chi, and Creative Arts Therapy could be considered an ancillary treatment option for patients with depressive disorders and individuals with elevated levels of depression.
Self-help stories are a growing form of treatment for people’s psychological distress.
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About the Author: Lewis Harrison, is a Results-Oriented Life Coach, speaker, and strategist specializing in Self Improvement, Personal Development, and Happiness.
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