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Depression as a treatable emotional state

Depression comes in two forms; one is a chemical imbalance which causes an illness in the brain, the other is an emotional response to circumstances that the mind can't deal with. The first can only be treated by the medical profession, the second must be examined more carefully and in most cases is misdiagnosed as a mental illness. It is not a mental illness, it is a failure of the mind to cope with reality and can be relieved by teaching the sufferer how to deal with negative emotions.

Two things typically can cause emotional depression. The first is a situation from the past that the subconscious has buried and was never properly dealt with by the self. The second is a false expectation by the ego of what reality should be like. Except for the identification of the past cause, which can usually be discovered through therapy or counselling, the solution is the same.... SMILE.

There is a saying that if you want to be happy you just have to "decide to be happy". As easy as it sounds it is the hardest thing you will ever do. It will also be the most rewarding because it will stay with you forever.

The "Serenity Prayer" says:
"God give me the Grace to accept the things that can't be changed,
the Courage to change the things that can,
and the Wisdom to know the difference."

This tennet is the key to letting the decision to be happy have life. We have to believe that as bad as things can get, nothing ever stays the same and things will get better once again. When bad things things do happen, you have to allow yourself to feel and experience the negative emotions associated with the situation then decide if the situation can be changed or not. Now, if the situation can be remedied then remedy it. If not, then move on. Its that simple!
No, not really; but in principle that is all it takes. With training and practice it does, almost, become that easy.

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  • Feb 7 2012: The research is personal experience and common sense (a rare magical gift). In this society they would have us believe that everything is cured by a pill, but this is an emotion and therefore completely controllable by the mind. It takes desire and willpower and a "knowing of self" to control.
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      Feb 7 2012: Definitely agree with you on this.Many antidepressants,SSRI's are being prescribed to those who suffer from cases like depression,however i believe that illnesses such as depression are more likely to be caused by the negative psychological experiences one has interfered at some point in their life,rather than a chemical imbalance in the brain,which is what those drugs are designed for and as a result, pills will only have a small impact on decreasing the persons suffering.As you have said,I think depression is the difficulty of dealing with those emotions /blocking them as a defence mechanism,but ending up blocking ourselves from who we really are and also the inability of expressing those emotions,leading to an amplitude of the negative thoughts in our minds,therefore more inner conflict and withdrawal of self from others.So I think in order to really decrease ones suffering,one has to be made aware of his/her emotions,ask whats really behind them and become less frightened by the expressing of emotions.

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