Roughly 40% people worldwide experience depression at any time. Statistics say 25 percent of woman and 10 percent of men will develop the condition during their lifetime. There’s a higher risk of developing chronic depression than cancer or coronary heart, and it’s the leading cause of disability for people between 15 to 44 years old.
Depression bills more than $30 billion each year in medical expenses, but the emotional cost cannot be measured. It means lost opportunities with your loved ones, lives gone off the rail, jobs lost because of lack of focus, a pathway straight to drug or alcohol addiction, …
What is depression?
Depression is a recognized clinical condition, not a choice. On a psychologic perspective, depression occurs when we go through a deep trauma that reminds us subconsciously of something that happened on our childhoods. Old pains that we have failed to release will resurface in our adulthood with double the strength.
From an inner perspective, we can suffer depression when we encounter problems with our Third Eye Chakra. The sixth chakra is where we store our higher intellect and clarity of visions. The energy pool between our eyebrows may develop a blockage when we start to feel uncertain of our path, our purpose, our future, our relationships, or our present.
The symptoms of depression
Living with depression hurts. In fact, 97% of the people who have suffered depression say it affected their work and their social life in a negative way. Just as it is hard to live with depression, it’s also very hard to see a loved one or live with a loved one suffering from the condition.
- Numbness or feelings of emptiness
- Negative feelings like despair, pessimism, and hopelessness
- Thoughts of suicide and death
- Anxiety, helplessness, and guilt
- Apathy and difficulty concentrating
- Changes in appetite (noticeable weight loss or gain)
- Muscular weakness, low energy, and fatigue
- Loss of pleasure in otherwise enjoyable or fun activities, including sex
- Physical pains as headaches and digestive disorders
Experts say if you recognize at least 7 of the list of symptoms it is very likely that you’re suffering depression after a trauma. Your illness could range from major depressive disorder or clinical depression, depending on the number of symptoms you feel and the amount of time you’ve spent in such condition.
- Coping with the mind
Depression takes us into an out of control emotional spiral, and the only way to get out the crucible is to walk the whole path. Allow yourself to feel whatever you have to feel for a few days. Don’t be afraid to be emotional with yourself because you will need to release your feelings through your tears.
You’ll see the light at the end of the tunnel when you realize that you’re gaining nothing from the pain and that you have to put an end to your groveling. Here are a couple of ways to reach the light:
- Journaling: keep a little notebook beside your bed where you write every day how you feel and what the different experiences of your day made you feel.
- Love and appreciation: every time you wake up, take at least 10 minutes to list all the things you feel grateful for (it can be things as little as having clean water in your house, or as important as a good job or a successful career). Then, go to the mirror and say to yourself all the positive things you believe you have.
- Coping with the body
Depression is an illness that presents itself with various physical consequences. However, such symptoms are often excluded of the formal DSM-IV diagnostic for major depressive disorder.
The only condition clinically recognized is fatigue as western medicine sometimes doesn’t see that mind and body work with a strong connection.
- Hiking: if there’s nowhere to hike in your city, jog around your house every night or anytime you feel your emotions are taking the best of you. The outdoors, nature and the exercise will take your mind of out the black hole.
- Exercising: not only will it make you feel good about yourself, it will also deprive your body of all of its energy so you will have less trouble sleeping. It will also distract you.
- A healthy diet: change a few things with your diet and try eating healthier. It’ll help you find inner balance.
- Coping with your spirit
Depression also comes from a blockage of your inner vision chakra, and it will take a conscious effort for you to make the energy flow naturally again.
- Meditation: even if you find it very hard to meditate when you’re upset, take a time every afternoon to go to a park and meditate on a bench. You’ll have to clear your mind of any thoughts and concentrate on the experiences that are coming to you (scents, noises, temperature, your own body, etc.).
- Yoga: yoga will distract you just as much as any other physical activity, but it will also help you breathe better and achieve peace of mind during your time of practice. Go find a yoga class in your local gym.