Models And Methods For Combating Depression

By James Lewis

Large numbers of people live with mental illness on a daily basis. Most often, these conditions are related to anxiety. However, there are also more severe cases such as bipolar and borderline personality disorders in which combating depression is required to overcome symptoms. Otherwise, the condition can have a negative effect on the individual and loved ones.

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 most often physical pain is minor compared to the emotional pain these individuals suffer, there is now medication which attacks multiple symptoms. While this is the case, there are other treatments such as counseling, meditation and movement which can also help people overcome a depressed state of mind. In most cases, those living with chronic aspects of the condition are still going to need to add some form of medication as most often this aspect is due to a chemical imbalance in the brain.

As with any illness, there can often be multiple causes and stimuli. In some cases, personality traits can play a role in a person feeling down or sad. Whereas, those diagnosed with anxiety and depression often find it hard to be happy or upbeat in the first place. Whatever the case, it is imperative these individuals get the help needed before doing harm to oneself or others.

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.

The illness can also effect how an individual gets along with others. Parents are especially vulnerable, especially those whom have gone through divorce, have put children up for adoption, or have been absent during childhood. For, often those suffering believe these life events were the direct cause of the condition.

Individuals having lived through a difficult childhood, veterans and senior citizens are often most likely to experience chronic levels. Whether blaming parents for separation at a young age, divorce, being absent due to jail time or other factors, many children often blame parents as being the cause of the condition. Children who were left feeling lonely or unattended while parents paid attention to siblings can also show signs of episodic or chronic anxiety and depression. Whereas, senior citizens can often become depressed when experiencing signs of memory loss or senility.

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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