Methods And Models For Combating Depression

By James Lewis


While there are a number of people suffering from different mental and psychological issues, most are afraid to come forward. For example, individuals combating depression are often embarrassed for others to know how painful simply living life can be. As such, it is important to understand that depression is a state of low mood along with an aversion to activities which can have an effect on a person's overall well being.

Individuals experiencing this condition can often feel guilty, ill-motivated, ashamed, angry, restless, helpless, hopeless, sad and worthless without reason. Whereas, some also show a lack of interest in activities and events which have at times been favorites. In fact, at times, these individuals can often find that anything which can bring joy can at times be unbearable. Most often, this is due to a feeling of worthlessness and that one does not deserve the joy which the activity may bring.

While physical pain is often less noticeable than mental anguish, there are also some instances in which individuals suffering these type conditions can also various forms of physical pain. Whether migraines, back pain or muscle spasms, there has been a great deal of research which shows that those living with these conditions can also experience associated pain and discomfort.

Whether caused by inherit personality traits, environment or a chemical brain imbalance, it is important that those suffering get the help needed as soon as possible. For, if the condition goes untreated for long periods of time, it can become more difficult to treat. In addition, anyone suffering from mental illness need be evaluated to assure there is no danger to oneself or others due to the illness.

Different types of depression include a depressed state of mind (DSM) which involves ongoing short-lived episodes. Whereas, more severe cases are often chronic and habitual. In most cases, the first being related to environment and personality traits with the second related more to a psychiatric medical condition. Whatever the case, it is important that these individuals get the help needed in order to survive.

Whether intentional or otherwise, many individuals suffering from this condition can come across as angry, crass and mean-spirited. In fact, some love to lash out at others because it makes one feel better about oneself. When in fact, the attitude and presentation of these negative emotions often have the exact opposite effect when it comes to dealing with others.

For example, those having lived through a difficult childhood whether due to abuse, divorce or neglect often blame parents for causing the illness. Whereas, individuals feeling parents did not pay enough attention during the early stages of life or paid more attention to siblings can also experience depression. One of the most common events which causes a person to react in this manner is childhood trauma such as physical or sexual abuse for which there has been no counseling or treatment over time.

Bullying, divorce, job changes, loss of loved ones, rape, rejection, pregnancy, childbirth, menopause and other life changes are all stimuli when it comes to experiencing a depressed state. In addition, individuals obtaining news about a terminal illness or other medical condition can also show signs of anxiety and depression. As such, it is important to recognize the episodic versus chronic aspects of the illness.




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