What is depression?
Depression is a mental health disorder (type of mood disorder) characterized by persistently depressed or low mood or a complete loss of interest in activities causing a significant impairment in daily activities. A person who has depression has a pessimistic view about oneself, about one’s future and about the world. Someone who is depressed generally has a deflated sense of self and a faulty perception of the world around them and how they view themselves in it.
The state of depression manifests through repetitively regretting your past and fearing the future and this is known as rumination. It is not a singular conscious choice. It is a consequence of repetitive thought patterns that results in a negative outlook on life and one’s self in it. A negative outlook and thought cycle only leads to more negative thoughts without some form of intervention. Sort of how like an avalanche only goes faster and gets bigger when careening down a snow-covered mountain.
These statistics concerning hippocampus reduction are intriguing as one could argue that the reduction in the hippocampus parallels this change in thought pattern.
Couldn’t it be harder for someone with even the slightest reduction to step out of this negative thought cycle without the full capacity of their brain?
Change Your Outlook
An effective tool in breaking free from depression is to get in touch with the present moment.
The first step to getting over depression is to identify your condition and foster acceptance around it. The stigma attached to depression or any other mental disorder make it immensely difficult for the individual with depression to overcome the situation.
Speak to people who are close to you and can lend you a non-judgemental ear to what is making you feel empty. A person with depression requires someone to instill in him/her the hope that it is not the end of the world and that depression is treatable.
Sometimes when someone is depressed they simply cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel or find any hope in their life. That doesn’t mean that those around them cant guide them towards light.
Meditation and yoga can also help an individual to bring in mindfulness in his/her life. Meditation, over time is scientifically proven to change neural connectivity in brain circuit.
Depression in the United States
Depression is not something that should be taken lightly. From 1999 to 2010 the suicide rate in the United States amongst Americans between the ages of 35 and 64 has increased over 25%. Additionally, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that report that spanned from 2007 through 2010 found that almost eight percent of individuals 12 or older suffer from depression.
In the past, depression has often been thought of as a lifestyle that people are just too weak to climb out of. Other people might incorrectly assert that depression is a sign of mental weakness.
This could not be further from the truth.
Whether depression is a disorder or disease doesn’t matter. The fact remains that depression is a debilitating condition that drastically affects the lives of millions of people all over the world. It is a globally paralyzing factor contributing to deaths every year. According to WHO, approximately 8,00,000 die due to suicide every year.
Depression is not just sadness, nor is it is symptom of weakness. It isn’t discriminatory against race, gender or ethnicity. It can affect anyone of any age and class, equally fatally.
Most importantly, depression is not a choice.
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