@lets be mature"These injuries to the soul can only be healed
when we turn outside of ourselves and serve others."Sooo...your
saying it is all a spiritual issue? While I will agree there is a spiritual
part to depression I would say that there is in very deed a physical side to it
as well. You might be a great person but have a vitamin D deficiency like I
developed and still end up with depression and mental health difficulties.@Worf.."The cause often stems from our own decision
making such as:"There are plenty of people with depression that
don't fit your list.You can add "Not getting enough
sunshine", "being stuck in an office with no windows" to your
list.Something that I rarely hear advice for is to make sure your
getting the vitamins your body needs on a daily basis. Personally cooking is a
weakness for me and many others so I am taking a multi-vitamin while I try and
improve my cooking skills and have a balance of vitamins in my diet through
A really excellent article. I have know several people who have taken medication
and it has made a world of difference in their lives. Obviously the best results
are going to come from medication in conjunction with other behavioral changes
in your life. It's just like any other medication, you will get the most
benefit from you high blood pressure medication if you also change your diet and
Terra Nova,Thank you for your thoughtful comments. I agree with them
all.Too often we tend to put depression in a box, when in reality it
is far more complex than that. True, there are some commonalities among those
who suffer from depression, but depression has many different components that go
beyond the commonalities many times.Depression can also have many
"sisters"....an example of one is anxiety disorder. Another is shame.
As is almost always the case with anything, in order to fully
understand the complexities of depression, one needs to actually experience it,
know someone who does, or be trained in the field.
The naive comments made by some people regarding clinical depression never seem
to amaze me.
As it says one treatment may not be the answer, I think I could say for most
this is the answer. I do not sell it or have reason to share other than how
well True Hope works as I have experienced for myself. It can be purchased
slightly cheaper at Q-Sciences in PG, UT with the same formula and by the same
founder. The big deal is it is chelated (so it gets into the cells)
micronutrients that cross the blood-brain barrier. The focus is on minerals in
the right proportion and balance to do so much!! I hope you get to experience
the difference as depression is not for me (or you). Other nerve conditions can
use this too and there are studies to show traumatic brain injury is improved
because neurons, dendrites, synapses, etc increase.
@worf - The behaviors you describe are often attempts to self-medicate for
depression. They are not the root cause of depression. @Rubydo -
The value of medication should not be lightly or summarily dismissed. The
problem with medication is that "when it works" it only does half the
job. It may eliminate or "take the edge off" persistent depression, but
there is no pill which will magically take care of the hard work associated with
rooting out the unhealthy thought processes in which depression is more likely
to thrive. @lets be mature - Service is a key component to creating
a happier life space. I appreciate the general direction of your thinking.
Thank you. I would add that cultivating gratitude is also very helpful.
Spending time thanking others is an effective form of service. Spending time in
prayer or meditation with a special focus on finding some form of good in ALL
that is going on in your life is helpful. And it is hard work. Nevertheless, ignoring persistent on-going depression is unwise. Don't
ignore depression which has gone longer than two weeks. Depression is a
disease. It happens. There are effective therapies.
IMO, most depressions can be cured if you know the cause.The cause
often stems from our own decision making such as:* drinking
alcohol* taking drugs* sexual permissiveness* listening to
certain kinds of music* spending beyond our means* etcOnce we find the cause, the cure becomes easier.
Placebos are more effective than antidepressants.
A piece of advice to anyone struggling- don't focus on it. Focusing on your
own depression, much like stress, simply makes it worse. These injuries to the
soul can only be healed when we turn outside of ourselves and serve others.