About Depression

Depression affects millions of people across the world. Most of us feel “down in the dumps” at times although we don’t necessarily end up officially “in depression”. However, on any level, the feelings experienced are debilitating, affecting family, work or school life, sleeping, eating and general health, to a greater or lesser extent. To sum up, you feel dreadful and facing life on a day to day basis can become more and more difficult.

Depression, as a medical condition, varies widely, from one episode lasting a week to a lifelong issue with recurring episodes. So let’s be clear about what depression is:-

According to The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV), the criteria for a major depression episode is ‘experiencing 5 or more of the following symptoms during the same 2 week period that represent a change from previous functioning’. The 5 symptoms must include the first or second on this list:-

1. depressed mood most of the day
2. markedly diminished interest or pleasure
3. significant weight loss or addiction
4. insomnia or hypersomnia
5. panic attacks, IBS, migraine, incontinence, etc
6. fatigue or loss of energy
7. feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt
8. diminished ability to think or concentrate or indecisiveness
9. recurrent thoughts of death

So, what causes depression? There are many explanations, ranging from complicated descriptions of neurons and neurotransmitters in the brain through to the findings in certain research. Some websites would have you believe that the condition can only be treated with brain-affecting drugs whilst research has found, for example, that the risk of depression in women is increased if they are already vulnerable (perhaps having lost their mother early, or lacking a confiding relationship, or having the responsibility of caring for several young children) when they are then interacting with other life stressors. Or, in older adults, the risk increases if they are experiencing health problems, a change in the relationship with their spouse or adult children, or the death of their partner. Even children can suffer from depression. Symptoms include poor performance at school, being clingy, demanding, dependent or insecure.

Whatever the “cause”, the big question is what can be done about it?

For most people, the simple and profound answer is to understand how your mind works and how use it to your benefit.

The bottom line for most of us is that it depends entirely on how we think about something. It’s not the situation that is the problem, or our past, or our circumstances, however bad that might be. It’s what we think about it that’s the difference between finding a way forward or being overwhelmed with misery. Once we’ve had the thought, that thought then creates a corresponding feeling. This then affects our behaviour.

For example, losing your job can be devastating, as can ending a relationship, or having financial problems. Some people who experience these things, after perhaps the initial impact, have positive thoughts, which produce positive feelings, which inspires positive behaviour and action. They proceed to rebuild their lives and find solutions. Others are overwhelmed with feelings of doom, gloom and even despair and this then manifests in their behaviour, often eating or drinking too much or wanting to stay in bed. It wasn’t what happened, or their circumstances, but how they dealt with it that made the difference. And of course, some people may experience depression or negative feelings, with no specific cause.

The reason for this and for some people having the ability to ‘bounce back’, whilst others can’t, is because of the part of the brain they are using. Those that overcome challenges and live positively are engaging their LEFT pre – frontal cortex. Those that succumb to challenges or live negatively are engaging their RIGHT pre – frontal cortex.

Here’s the good news!

The only person who thinks in your mind is YOU. Therefore you do have complete control over what goes on in your mind even if it doesn’t feel that way because you have been engaging for so long with what is, in fact, the caveman, primitive part of your brain. This part has no intellect and can only encourage you to repeat patterns and behaviours that it has stored, even if they are detrimental to you. The fact is that you also have the phenomenal evolved part of your brain which is an intellect so can evaluate and move forward. It is very positive and has a vast resource of answers and solutions. When you engage with this part of your brain you can live well and achieve.

To do this effectively and consistently it is necessary to consciously identify and reprogramme the stored data in the hippocampus region of the primitive part of your brain and consciously focus on engaging with your intellectual mind until those new habits are formed.

The challenge is to be able to even contemplate doing this whilst feeling barely able to function on a daily basis. Or perhaps you feel that it’s such a big mountain to climb it just seems impossible.

This is why I have founded Depression Busting Courses. I essentially teach people who are looking for a genuine and practical way to beat depression for good, to understand and change the life-diminishing and false data stored in their hippocampus and learn to engage effortlessly with their intellectual mind. I also share the way to lasting happiness and how to find self-appreciation and inner peace. Indeed, if someone lives all that I share, they need never know depression ever again – guaranteed!

You can learn more by downloading a chapter of my book or my free e-brochure about my courses or by reading my blogs.

Just know that you too, can start this journey now and never know depression again.