Thursday, September 29, 2016

Combating Depression With Different Methods And Models

By James Lewis

Large numbers of people live with mental illness on a daily basis. Most often, these conditions are related to anxiety. However, there are also more severe cases such as bipolar and borderline personality disorders in which combating depression is required to overcome symptoms. Otherwise, the condition can have a negative effect on the individual and loved ones.

These individuals can often feel restless, ashamed, angry, irritable, guilty, worthless, helpless, hopeless, empty, anxious or sad, at times without any stimuli which motivates one to do so. In addition, even activities which were once pleasurable can at times seem unbearable. People suffering from chronic clinical depression can also experience eating disorders, trouble concentrating, insomnia and memory loss over time.

While mental and physical pain are quite different both can cause an individual a great deal of discomfort. In addition, research shows that some aspects of physical pain can be a result of someone living in a depressed state for long periods of time. As such, there is now medication available which targets both mental and physical pain.

As with any illness, there can often be multiple causes and stimuli. In some cases, personality traits can play a role in a person feeling down or sad. Whereas, those diagnosed with anxiety and depression often find it hard to be happy or upbeat in the first place. Whatever the case, it is imperative these individuals get the help needed before doing harm to oneself or others.

There are basically two types of depression, one being DSM or a depressed state of mind which is often temporary and episodic. Whereas, the other more chronic clinical depression will most likely require ongoing counseling, care and treatment over the course of a lifetime. In some cases, individuals have been able to overcome these obstacles through counseling, though those living with a chemical brain imbalance will most likely need to add medication on an ongoing basis.

Whether intentional or otherwise, many individuals suffering from this condition can come across as angry, crass and mean-spirited. In fact, some love to lash out at others because it makes one feel better about oneself. When in fact, the attitude and presentation of these negative emotions often have the exact opposite effect when it comes to dealing with others.

Individuals having lived through a difficult childhood, veterans and senior citizens are often most likely to experience chronic levels. Whether blaming parents for separation at a young age, divorce, being absent due to jail time or other factors, many children often blame parents as being the cause of the condition. Children who were left feeling lonely or unattended while parents paid attention to siblings can also show signs of episodic or chronic anxiety and depression. Whereas, senior citizens can often become depressed when experiencing signs of memory loss or senility.

A number of life changes and events can also effect behavior and mood. These include, pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, career, finance, medical issues such as a terminal diagnosis, loss of loved ones, bullying, rape, social isolation, unrequited love and others. To overcome these obstacles, counseling, medication and support groups can often go along way in helping individuals heal and let go of the past while focusing on the future.

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