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Tina Moore

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How have depression and anxiety affected your life?

I am curious to know how many people will talk openly about depression and anxiety as it seems far more common than we'd like to admit. If you don't suffer directly, perhaps you are affected by your spouse, family member, child or co worker. I believe it affects ALL OF US in some way or another which is why we need to raise awareness and find avenues to heal the pain.Your thoughts, experiences and insight are greatly appreciated and deeply respected.


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  • Nov 8 2011: I wonder how life affects depression and anxiety.

    Some of the contributors so far have spoken of death. Anxiety and depression are a normal and healthy response to the surreal horror of losing a loved one. Sometimes feelings we don't like need to be respected and experienced before we can move on with our lives.

    I wonder how much of the depression and anxiety people experience is a natural reaction to the world we live in. There is a TedTalk called "how economic inequity harms societies" and in this talk statistics are provided to show a correlation between mental well-being and economic equality within countries.

    Maybe a lot of the depression and anxiety we experience is a normal reaction to things that are not right in our countries. I feel anxious about the future, and I think with good reason. Australia now has working poor, dishonesty and greed are becoming more prevalent in our country, and todays teenagers will not have the opportunities I had.

    I see news of the "Occupy" movement and I think these people are heroes. Our world is changing to favour the dishonest and concentrate even more power and wealth into the hands of a minority at the expense of the well-being of the majority. Consequently, more people have legitimate concerns for themselves and for others, but are often powerless to do anything about it. I believe there is a significant degree of depression and anxiety in our society that could be relieved simply by restoring fairness and equity.

    Maybe anxiety and depression are the symptoms of a sick society rather than a sick individual.

    Maybe one way to deal with anxiety and depression is to acknowledge the legitimate concerns in your life or the events that led to your anxiety and depression and see your response as being a normal and healthy response to an adverse situation. Respect it, give it the time it needs and when ready, make a decision about how you personally will deal with it so you can move on with your life.
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      Nov 8 2011: Hi Julie, thank you for your insight and comments.

      I remember as a child being totally overwhelmed with the way of the world. If you look at my essays and reports in grade school I wrote about war, death, cancer, bombs, and other topics that were painful. My little soul just couldn't handle the weight of the world...and yet, my own little world was very heavy...so your points are very interesting...

      As an adult I can see it would be the same as well although we seemingly have more access to tools to help us with these feeling/emotions/reactions etc...

      I think we certainly can become a product of our environment whether that is externally or internally - positive energy or negative energy...so the question is what do we do about it?

      I firmly believe the only way to heal pain is to go through it...meaning you must process it because from my experience, pain is very patient...it will wait for you....so if you are carrying something from your past it generally will sit there sometimes silently and sometimes through events/decisions in your life until you decide to change the patterns, seek to understand the pain, process the pain and then ultimately heal it. Obviously not a fun process...a deeply painful one however in my experience a necessary one. This is based on emotional events and not chemical imbalances.

      I think by healing SELF, you are more open to the world and therefore are more available to help in the greater cause...this is based on my experience...I have far more to give now than before...

      Thank you for your comments...I am finding this conversation incredibly interesting, insightful and enlightening. I am thrilled that people are openly talking...such a gift for all of us to learn from each other.

      With a smile,

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