Has anyone told you to stop beating yourself up? Do well-meaning friends and loved ones ask you what's wrong? Why are you sad, crying, irritable? You wish you knew, right?
That is what is wrong with depression.
While we may be able to work through some forms of depression on our own, depression is a thugs gallery. Its demons are as devious as they are tough. Many hide behind a physical condition such as a hormonal imbalance or brain anomaly. They have many aliases and take on many forms.
- 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)
One of the most insidious effects of depression is that it can make us lose our reason for living. Only the last two types of depression sometimes succumb to positive action. Still, they, too, may call for medical treatment. The other types more often result from physical triggers. For instance, shrinking daylight hours during winter or long periods of overcast skies cause SAD. You may recognize it for what it is, but it is difficult to beat back without help. That is, unless you can hop a plane to sunnier weather.
Before you can make any type of depression turn tail, you have to know where it comes from. When you are in the thick of battle, it's near impossible to sort through the adversaries in the depression army. That's why the best thing you can do for depression is to enlist professional help.
Depression is anger turned inward.
I first heard this definition on an episode of the Sopranos. A conversation between psychologist Jennifer Melfi and Tony Soprano gave reason to depression. I realized that my depression was the result of, not madness, but a series of maddening events.
I learned that before I could work through my problems, it was critical to pinpoint that anger. Medication gave me the space to do that. After a time I thought that I could work through depressive episodes without drugs. I thought I had a handle on it. I finally realized that each onset of the disease was worse than the last and each lasted longer. I was always tired, always unwell, and always either irritable or despondent.
I realized that I didn't know how to curb it on my own. Medication put me back on track. It doesn’t stop depression from happening, but it does let me recognize it for what it is. When it occurs, medication gives me the space to work through it. Yet, since I never know when it will strike, it's important to stick with the medication all the time.
If you are suffering with depression, please seek professional counsel. You don't need an expensive specialist to diagnose depression. Your primary care physician can point you in the right direction with the help of short paper survey.
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.
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