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Sometimes you want to give up. You’ve faced so much in your life. Be it in many years or in scarce few. You’ve faced so much that the weariness finds your heart. It hits like a slow poison that drains away at you until you sit before a window with a sigh escaping your lips seeing so many shades of gray that you pray for an honest ray of sun.
Do you have depression? Would you know if you did?
Depression is an imbalance of chemicals in the brain. That’s is the clinical medical reason. That does not truly say what depression is however. Depression is constant despair. It’s when you don’t have the energy to do anything, because nothing seems important enough. You don’t want to eat, because what’s the point. You don’t want to sleep because nothing will have changed when you wake up. You may have difficulty concentrating, and you may feel worthless or hopeless. It’s when you hurt and what you honestly want is an end to that pain.
To say that depression is an imbalance in chemicals is true, but depression also has a center in the emotions. It can be caused by going through a traumatic experience, by hating yourself and where you are in your life. It can be caused by very serious medical conditions as well, and it can be caused by genetics.
So, the age old question. What do you do if your depressed? What do you do if you have depression? Being depressed is not the same thing as having depression, but sometimes the answers to those questions can be surprisingly close to one another.
The two most common treatments for depression are anti depressant medication and therapy. The job of the therapist is to listen. They let the person speak there mind and get a perspective on their problems. In this respect the job of a therapist is a great deal like the role of a friend. They listen. They care. They make suggestions.
There are many different kinds of anti depressant medications on the market today and their task is to correct the imbalance.
The only way to heal depression in my opinion is to heal the source of that depression. Anti depressants may have their place, but I am not talking about chemicals when I say the source of depression.
When your sitting alone crying and nothing seems like it will ever be right again, what are the reasons your heart gives you? Have you lost someone close to you? Is grieving what your heart needs? Do you hate your job? Your life? How can you change it?
Depression will try to make you believe two things that are not accurate. It will try to make you believe that you are helpless and that there is no hope. You can always change things, and as long as you can change things isn’t that reason to hope? Sorrow may seem set in stone, but if there is a cause for it then there is a way to change it.