I Do Not "Suffer" from Depression

Robb714 By Robb714, 2nd Aug 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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When the ole “black dogs”, come around, I just refuse to feed them. Below are some of my thoughts and suggestions regarding this gray dilemma.

Affected vs. Afflicted

First of all, I am not a Licensed Psychiatrist, just someone who occasionally falls into the pits of despair and self pity. The old woe is me feelings that can affect some us sometimes. While I make light of it in this article, millions of people do really suffer, are afflicted if you will, with a very serious and dangerous mental condition that need to seek Professional treatment. I am fortunate enough to not be one of them, more on that later.

Causes of depression

While I am not entirely sure of the causes of depression, there are probably many; chemical, mental, physical and environmental to name a few. If you watch TV, I try not to, to much (mine is in a box in the back of the closet), read the paper, listen to the radio of surf the world wide internet, you are bombarded with depressing news from all over. Then there are all those ads for pharmaceuticals (pills) for the treatment of said depression (some may cause death). You see why I think it is a conspiracy? They depress you and then at the same time want you to buy drugs from them to make you feel better; I am just not buying it.

Things you can do

Aside from deluging yourself with delusions of doom and gloom via mass media, there are many things you can do, to chase those dogs away. You could find a hobby to occupy your time, something you enjoy that gives you pleasure doing, preferably. You could take a walk on the beach or in a park, perhaps combining the two (triple tasking). Combine photography with walks in nature. Go somewhere you haven’t ventured before, you never know who or what you might find that you have been missing in life. Join a group (meet up) of like minded people that share your interests (not for me because people depress me). Maybe, visit your local library and see all the things they have to offer an idol mind. If you can afford it; take a trip or go shopping, anything for a change of pace. The point is sometimes when you are “down in the dumps” it is most important to DO something to take your mind off it, even a hot shower or long bubble bath will do the trick. You could get a pet, to keep you company.

What you should not do

While I am still no psychiatrist, I don’t think staying to your self, closing the curtains and hiding under the bed will probably not make it any better. Eating a whole tub of ice-cream or package of cookies (Oreos for me), will not do any good and eating a whole bunch of candy, all you can find under the couch left over from Halloween (that’s what I do) is probably not good for your physical health. It is not a good idea to chase your demons with Alcohol or Drugs either, these will only make it worse and could land you in the “pokey”, I have seen that happen all too often, myself included. It is not a good idea to put off going to work or maintaining your responsibilities, whatever they may be. I know it is hard sometimes to acknowledge that but just because you don’t “feel” like it, has never gone over to well with upper management. If, like me certain people, places or things depress you, avoid them until you can handle them or make life-changes to keep from being tormented. People do this all the time and I have also. There is probably a book or two about such things at the library, check it out.

If you or someone you know are depressed

Clinical Depression can be very serious and should not be ignored, whether it is you or someone you may know. People that are actually afflicted with this condition should always seek professional help, immediately. If you have signs or know someone with symptoms listed above, that do not go away, here is some information: Get HELP!or you can call 1-800-999-9999. Please for your sake and the one’s that love you; everybody has someone that loves them no matter, who they are, trust me. A whole lot of people like me care, especially those of us that are only slightly affected or more seriously, undergone treatment, we do know what it is like and you are not alone, even if it feels like it. Reach out, someone will listen. Thank you for reading my article and comments are always welcome.

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I love cats and my dog. Making the world a better place for all humanity and animals, is my goal. My past is very blurry and my future is uncertain. People should know, I am a very dynamic and interesting type of person. I taught Batman self-defense....(more)

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author avatar rajaryanme
18th Aug 2011 (#)

A good health post buddy.

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author avatar Judy Ellen
10th Mar 2012 (#)

Very practical article on Depression! I totally agree with you on this! I am looking for more Christian writers to share with. I noticed you mentioned Jesus in one of your comments! I was checking to see if you had any Christian based articles! If so I would love to become your fan.

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author avatar Robb714
10th Mar 2012 (#)

Unless I am just being "snarky" most all my articles are subliminally Christian based, as I am one and he guides my thoughts and principles. Now if I fail to convey those principles than that is just something I will have to strive harder to achieve. Thank you for your comment.

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