posted on Mar, 21 2011 @ 10:33 PM
I Hope this helps:
Just adding some information on Depression in addition to the ones already mentioned by others.
Distorted Thinking Patterns:
All-or-nothing thinking: You see things in black-and-white categories. If your performance falls short of perfection, you see yourself as a
Overgeneralization: You see a single negative event as a never-ending pattern of defeat. For instance, after an argument with a friend, you may
conclude: ‘I’m losing all my friends. Nothing turns out right for me.’
Disqualifying the positive: You reject positive experiences by insisting that they “don’t count” or, “I’m not worthy of such.” By
dwelling on a single negative detail, your whole view darkens.
Jumping to conclusions: You arbitrarily conclude that someone doesn’t like you, and you don’t bother to check this out. Or you are
absolutely convinced that things will always turn out badly.
Magnification or minimization: You exaggerate the importance of things (such as your own mistake or someone else’s achievement) or play down
things until they appear tiny (your own desirable qualities or the other fellow’s imperfections). You make nightmarish disasters out of commonplace
Personalization: You see yourself as the cause of some negative external event that, in fact, you were not primarily responsible for.
Based on Feeling Good—The New Mood Therapy, by David D. Burns, M.D.
THOUGHTS THAT CAN INCLINE ONE TO DEPRESSION
□ In order to be happy, I have to be successful in whatever I undertake. If I’m not on top, I’m a flop.
□ To be happy, I must be accepted by all people at all times.
□ My value as a person depends on what others think of me.
□ I can’t live without love. If my spouse (sweetheart, parent, child) doesn’t love me, I’m worthless.
□ If somebody disagrees with me, it means he doesn’t like me.
□ I should be the perfect friend, parent, teacher, student, spouse.
□ I should be able to endure any hardship with a calm disposition.
□ I should be able to find a quick solution to every problem.
□ I should never feel hurt; I should always be happy and serene.
□ I should never be tired or get sick, but always be at peak efficiency.
Based, in part, on “Cognitive Therapy and the Emotional Disorders,” by A. T. Beck, M.D.
Symptoms of Major Depression
● A depressed mood, most of the day, nearly every day, for at least two weeks
● Loss of interest in once pleasurable activities
● Significant weight loss or gain
● Excessive sleep or the opposite, insomnia
● An abnormal speeding or slowing of motor skills
● Excessive fatigue, with no discernible cause
● Feelings of worthlessness and/or inappropriate guilt
● Diminished ability to concentrate
● Recurring thoughts of ending it all
Some of these symptoms may also indicate dysthymia—a mild but more chronic form of depression
Some Physical Causes of Depression
Medical research has associated the following things with the development of depression in some people:
Toxic metals and chemicals: lead, mercury, aluminum, carbon monoxide, and some insecticides
Nutrient deficiencies: certain vitamins and some essential minerals
Infectious diseases: tuberculosis, mononucleosis, viral pneumonia, hepatitis, and influenza
Endocrine-system diseases: thyroid disease, Cushing’s disease, hypoglycemia, and diabetes mellitus
Central-nervous-system diseases: multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease
“Recreational” drugs: PCP, marijuana, amphetamines, coc aine, heroin, and methadone
Prescription drugs: barbiturates, anticonvulsants, corticosteroids, and hormones. Some medications that treat high blood pressure, arthritis,
cardiovascular problems, and some mental disorders
(Certainly, not all such medicines will cause depression, and even when there is a danger, it usually involves a small percentage of those who use the
drug under the proper medical supervision.)
Other Possible Causes
“The brain is much more sensitive than other organs to changes in [blood] plasma concentrations of certain nutrients,” stated two Massachusetts
Institute of Technology researchers. In Nutrition and the Brain (Vol. 3, 1979), these doctors, Wortman and Wortman, published material that shows the
effect of what we eat on our mood and how certain nutritional deficiencies can alter the chemical balance in the brain and produce depression.
Even when regularly eating balanced meals—keeping “junk food” to a minimum—one may still have nutritional deficiencies leading to depression.
Some medications, oral contraceptives, such strains on the body as pregnancy, pollution and exceptional stress—all can create nutritional
Allergy to certain foods or to chemical fumes and the hormonal changes in women have brought on depression. Also, one study of 1,100 patients treated
for hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) found that 77 percent of these complained of depression.
So there are many causes of depression besides just having a wrong attitude. A seriously depressed person may suffer from any one of a combination of
factors. An individual’s heredity and childhood experiences also play a role. All these influences can affect how one responds to a stressful event
The Role of the Mind
The power of the mind to respond to love has been seen in numerous cases. Conversely, anger, hatred, jealousy and other negative emotions also have
been found to produce biochemical changes in the body.
If a person feeds his mind on depressing thoughts—perhaps through television, motion pictures or pornographic literature—this will color his moods
and breed depression. Especially if a person regularly spends much time in front of a TV set, this can adversely affect his outlook. But for other
persons something else might be at the root of the problem.
Anecdotal evidence: some said that after watching the Pandora movie some felt depressed because the reality did not matched the fantasy they saw in
Here are some helpful suggestions that others found helpful:
“The most important advice I can give is, ‘Prevent it,”’ said one sufferer. But how? There are no easy or sure answers. Some authorities
1. Don’t build your sense of worth on love, money, social position, power or drugs. The failure of these could be devastating if you do.
2. Set realistic expectations. Aim to do the best you can, but not to be a perfectionist.
3. Recognize the early symptoms (anxiety, panic, inability to concentrate). Check to see if your daily schedule is reasonable. If not, adjust it.
Learn to say “No” when necessary.
‘Forget the Things Behind’
Some of our emotional problems may be rooted in the past, especially if we were victims of unjust treatment. Be willing to forgive and forget.
‘Forgetting is not easy!’ you may be thinking. True, but it is better than destroying the rest of your life by dwelling on what cannot be
I always find this helpful – the past is past, we can't dwell on it or else we get stuck in it.
Your Real Value
All factors considered, successfully fighting depression requires having a balanced view of your own worth.
False pride, ignoring our limitations, and perfectionism are all an overestimate of ourselves. These tendencies must be resisted. Yet, avoid going to
the other extreme.
Open Up Your Feelings
Putting your feelings into words is a healing process that prevents your mind from trying to deny the reality of the problem or loss and, hence,
leaving this unresolved. But open up your real feelings. Don’t allow a sense of false pride, wanting to have an undaunted-by-adversity appearance,
to inhibit you.
“Anxious care in the heart of a man is what will cause it to bow down, but the good word is what makes it rejoice,” states Proverbs 12:25. Yet,
only by opening up can others begin to understand your “anxious care” and thus give that “good word” of encouragement.
You may need someone who, after several conversations, can offer some short-term goals that will indicate steps you can take to change or modify your
situation so as to reduce or eliminate the source of the emotional strain.
I would like include more but don't want to overload you.
Lastly – let me please leave with these thoughts:
The way we feel is influenced by the way we think, the way we think maybe influenced by our experiences in life – bad and good and by faulty
Our way of thinking will determine the way we feel. If keep dwelling on bad/negative thoughts then our feeling will be greatly influenced and
controlled by that thought.
On the other hand if we think of pleasant memories then our depressed feeling will be uplifted.
So when negative thoughts enters the mind and heart try to think of something positive or do something good that will remove the negative thought from
Because again, our feeling is greatly influenced by our thinking. If we want to change our felling we must change our thinking.
A quick prayer for help to overcome it is the best solution as it takes your mind off from the thought and at the same gives you the strength to
“and the peace of God that excels all thought will guard YOUR hearts and YOUR mental powers by means of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)”
I hope this helps even in a small way.