Has anyone ever told you to stop beating yourself up? That's something those with depression hear on a regular basis from well-meaning friends and loved-ones. Do they ask you what's wrong, why are you sad, crying, and/or irritable? You only wish you knew, right? That is what is wrong with depression.
While an individual may be able to work through some forms of depression on his or her own, depression is a thugs gallery, many which are associated with physical conditions such as a hormonal imbalance or brain anomaly.They want you to beat yourself up and they don't want you to know what is wrong.
- Major Depression
- Persistent Depressive Disorder
- Bipolar Disorder
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
- Psychotic Depression
- Peripartum (Postpartum) Depression
- Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
- Situational' Depression
- Atypical Depression (1)
Of all of these, it is only the last two that may be alleviated by a positive event without some type of medical treatment. However even they may be severe enough to profit from professional help. The other types of depression are not due to a state of mind. They result from physical triggers that cause the depressive state. For instance, SAD (Seasonal Affective Depression) is caused by the shrinking daylight hours during winter months and can also occur when overcast skies make daytime appear darker for an extended period of time. You may recognize it for what it is, but you can't stop it on your own. That is, unless you can hop a plane to sunnier weather.
Before you can make any type of depression turn tail and run, you have to know where it comes from. When you are in the thick of the fight, it's near impossible to sort through the different adversaries in the depression army. That's why the best thing you can do for depression is to enlist professional help.
The best definition of depression that I have come across is that depression is anger turned inward. (2. 3. 4) I first heard it on an episode of the Sopranos in a conversation between psychologist Jennifer Melfi and Tony Soprano. It was this conversation that gave reason to what I thought was madness. I realized that I was angry about a bunch of things that had happened throughout my life.
I learned that I could work through my problems, but it was critical that I was able to pinpoint the anger that gave rise to depression. Medication gave me the space to do that. After a time I thought that I could recognize depression's onset and work through it without drugs. Although I thought I had a handle on it for several years, I finally realized that each onset of the disease was worse than the last and each lasted longer. I was nearly always tired, always unwell, and always either irritable or despondent.
I realized that I didn't know how to stop it on my own. Medication put me back on track. Although it doesn’t stop the depression from happening, it does let me recognize it for what it is when it occurs and it gives me the space to work through it.
If you are suffering with depression, please seek professional counsel. Even your primary care physician can diagnose the condition with the help of a ten or twelve question paper survey. Even if your depression is 'situational', professional advice can help alleviate your situation.
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. I am just a person who has dealt with depression for nearly 50 years. What works for me may not work for you. Together you and your doctor can be successful in treating depression.
- “Types of Depression: Major, Chronic, Manic, and More Types.” Accessed September 12, 2017.
- “The Depression and Anger Connection.” Accessed September 12, 2017.
- “Depression Symptoms and the Role of Rage.” Accessed September 12, 2017.
- “Get Me a Sledge Hammer: Depression as Anger Turned Inward | Depression on My Mind.” Accessed September 12, 2017.