why is depression so hard to beat
Actually no, nupi, the happier and more optimistic people tend to be less realistic (in studies) than the discontented. You have to be a little delusional to be really happy in his world. I see it all the time - unpleasant mediocre arseholes who seriously believe they are God s gift to womankind (or mankind, or humanity) and derive a lot of happiness from their delusions of grandeur. This is why therapy has never done a thing for me. The beliefs I have that feed depression are not actually false, so it is kind of hard for a therapist to convince me otherwise. Cognitive distortions are extreemly common in depression to the point of almost universallity. Studies of 50 + years of cognitive and affective research gives massive support to the claim. You are completely miss repesenting the studies. People who are more pessemistic tend to be able to predict the likely hood of a situation. The correlation how ever was weak, when they subject the results to further analysis it was found the severely pessemistic where as wrong as the optimistic. If you are depressed and think you are still thinking correctly, you re wrong - research is clear on this. Thats why Cognitive therapy is so effective in improving mood symptoms. In reply to the question; munch on some antidepressants (follow the research - texas treatment resistant depression algorithum), behavioual activation, sleep hygine and management (melatonin, bright light therapy), psychosocial interventions, mindfulness practice and in a moderate depressive disease you can expect response in around 90-95% of cases at 6 months. Severe and chronic depressions have a faily similar response rate at around 80%. If you really are doing everything properly (which requires not lying to yourself) and you find yourself not improving signifcantly then other diagnoses need to be considered and approiate treatments.
Personality disorders are the most likely - which with high quality psychotherapy and proper medical management respond well. In depressive illness non-response, OCPD, Borderline PD histronic where identified as most commonly causing treatment resistance. While you re right that people who are depressed are usually pretty ignorant, it is only due to social pretense. The depressed are essentially a side effect of everyone else s peace of mind. I had it explained to me this way by a very happy woman in the know who was full of life and optimism:
A button that has been pressed down is said to have been depressed. That is what you are rather than the depressed that you think you are. She was very right. I took me a while to recognize what she had meant. In reading and studying depression, in an effort to overcome it myself, and to help others who are also dealing with depression, I found that there are at least 8 areas of your life that are affected by depression. They are not a cause of depression, but may definitely contain habits that are keeping you in your depressed state. In a, I discuss how medication may be able to help those of us who are depressed feel somewhat better, but to achieve a deeper longer relief from depression, we must learn to undo some of the habits we have built that may be keeping us moving forward. By learning and understanding these negative habits in our lives, we may then take steps to slowly change the negative habits into positive ones that will help support our healing and overcoming depression. Emotions- This is an obvious one, but it doesnБt just deal with feeling depressed.
We may have problems feeling other types of emotions. We may choose to feel nothing at all due to the pain it may cause us. We typically have learned some self-defeating ways of handling our emotions. Behavior- Many depressives are also perfectionists. We feel that we have to do everything, and do it well. We may attempt to do something and not succeed as we think we ought, so we give up trying to do anything. Or, maybe we get a burst of energy and think we can change everything in our lives. We start a diet, exercise program, go back to school, start a new business, and organize our house, all in the same week. When we fall short of what we think we should be able to do, we quit everything and decide it isnБt worth the trouble because we will just fail anyway. Thought processes- We all have thought processes. Many we learned from our parents, or our experiences growing up. Many times these, but to us they are, and we make every decision based upon these. Many of these thoughts tend to beб subconsciousб and must be discovered and examined for recovery to continue. Stress- Stress keeps us in a constant fight-or-flight mode, which can have horrible effects on the body and the mind. Ongoing stress without healthy coping skills can definitely contribute to depression, and keep us there if we allow it to. is one of the best ways to learn to handle stress in a more healthy manner. Relationships- Close relationships for depressives can be difficult. We hurt deeply inside and long for someone to help us and heal it, but we are so ashamed of our feelings we donБt open up and let people know. We tend to expect people to reject us, so we may reject others first to keep fromб experiencingб the pain of rejection.
The body- Depressed people tend to be out of touch with their bodies. We overwork, we overeat or eat too little. We donБt sleep well. We donБt exercise. We push ourselves harder than we should, or we think we arenБt capable of doing anything. The self- Depressives donБt usually have a good sense of self esteem. We look to others to help build our self esteem, but then feel guilty for placing so much burden on others. We want to feel loved but feel we are unlovable. We lack confience in our own judgement. We need to learn how to set priorities, to trust our decisions, and to take pride in our accomplishments. Spiritually- As a Christian that also suffers from depression, I deal with the guilt that I think I should not feel depressed. I also must learn to depend on God as a source of strength and healing rather than trying to do all of this on my own. Many of my self-defeating habits are of my own doing, therefore I feel like I should БfixБ them myself. I must learn that God is standing by, watching and waiting for me to admit that and cannot do this on my own. Are there certain areas in your life where you can already see where you may have some habits you need to work on? The book,б Undoing Depression б has some really great steps for doing just what I am writing about here. б I will be writing more from this book, however, you may want your own copy. You can purchaseUndoing Depression at many good book stores. *If you are not sure if you are depressed and you are not critical, or i f you are suffering or numb, please call your doctor for an evaluation asap! *If, however, you are in critical condition, call someone today! Here is the number for б The National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255.
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