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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: If you are interested in depression, I see you are, I would like to recommend you a book 'Brainswitch Out of Depression: Break the Cycle of Despair' by Arline Curtiss. It states depression is easily treatable without any medication.
    You don't need to read the whole book, the first pages will tell you the main idea, which is repeated and repeated throughout the whole book and in the last pages there will be various tips.
    By the way, I do not think the idea of 'two forms of depression' is right. I believe depression can't exist without any biological base (chemical imbalance) which cause depressive emotional state.
    The book does not deny everything you told, some your sentences taken separately may be approved.
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      Feb 7 2012: Julija, some women have post partum depression due to a hormonal inbalance, which, when medicated, goes away.

      Others, go into depression due to sadness caused by a realization of........many things, a husband's betrayal, a realization that their belief system is a lie, losing your job, death of a family member....etc

      I really have to agree with Paul on this one. Different factors can trigger depression.

      Here is something I discovered while researching Alzheimers. Depression in the elderly, when they start to think too much about their mortality, can cause memory loss. This in turn is often misdiagnosed as a dementia. But actually, this memory loss caused by depression is reversible. I have witnessed the reversal of both the memory loss and the depression through medication.

      I'll look up the book you recommended, it sounds interesting. I am one that honestly feels that depression, which is NOT caused by a chemical inbalance, CAN be reversed without medication.....but, you need some kind of psychological help. Without the psychological help....books, magazines, tv programs (like the ones on PBS), and caring friends/family, prayer and bible reading if they are believers, or of course a psychologist...it is near to impossible to deal with the depression.

      The person can do it himself, but by looking for the psychological help available out there.

      This is my humble opinion.
      • Feb 8 2012: Sorry Mary I misread your remark about prayer and bible reading.
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          Feb 8 2012: Apology accepted.....to err is human, to forgive divine.

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