If you are reading this, it is likely that you or someone you know is suffering from depression and that you are already motivated to get better. Depression is a severe condition and can lead to suicide. It can affect people of any age.
You will be pleased to know that lifting yourself out of depression may not be as difficult as you think. By using the robust integrated set of ideas and tools, I will quickly help you break this vicious circle and lift you out of feeling depressed and ensure you have the knowledge to stay out of it.
Epidemiological studies published over the last three decades reveal a rapid increase in the incidence of depression and is one of the reasons we know that depression is not a genetic disease. This growing body of evidence shows that most depression is learned and comes about through interacting with our environment.
There are a lot of myths about depression. Our response to life events, not the events themselves, cause depression. For example, a chemical imbalance causes it in the brain; it is anger turned inward; it takes a long time to come out of; it stems from childhood events that have to be explored before progress can be made.
The evidence, however, is that depression responds well to certain kinds of therapy or counselling, which is active, time-limited, focused on current problems and aimed at symptom resolution, not personality change.
The Cycle of Depression
The function of healthy sleep and dreaming is to relieve the brain of any anxiety triggered during the day. A mind beset by anxiety caused by a life where needs are not adequately met will tend to ruminate on these problems incessantly, causing the individual to focus heavily inwards, further isolating them. Therefore an anxious mind will dream excessively and vividly at night and often even wake up. This is mentally and physically exhausting and lowers motivation, causing a vicious circle of inward rumination and focus on worry.
The individual becomes completely hijacked by high levels of emotional arousal characterised by this cycle. The ability to think straight and use their imagination positively to work out how to move forward is severely limited. We call this black and white thinking, and it leads to catastrophic thoughts, and soon every minor setback or challenge seems like an impossible mountain to climb.
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