It is one of the most common mental and psychiatric disorders, which can affect our mood in the form of sadness and disappointment, characterized by an inability to focus and concentrate on whatsoever activity you are doing.
There is a loss of appetite resulting in weight loss or overeating, insomnia (loss of sleep) or oversleeping, feeling down with guilt and hopelessness, worthlessness, and helplessness. There is a decrease in interest of activity of daily living. For example, if you ask them to clean the house they might clean with leaving dust particles on the ground and there is a decrease in the productivity level, and feel exhausted very soon because there is a continuous dissipation of energy taking place for no apparent reason due to a lack of energy level. They get angry, irritated, restless, and short tempered. There is a tendency of committing suicide. They always think about death because of severe depression. All of these are happening because they are thinking too much in the form of worry and anxiety by living in the past or future.
The causes of depression are unknown but it can develop at any point in time. Some people are more prone to it but symptoms can develop quite suddenly. It also happens due to chemical changes in our brain cells. An episode of depression may also be triggered by a life event situation such as the death of family members (loss of your son or the person whom you love is no more), relationship problem, and prolonged illness. Sometimes it happens due to high-stress level. Women tend to develop depression more often than men in pregnancy, after childbirth, and the menopause.
There is a chemical imbalance in the brain that arises from misfiring genes, lack of sunlight, and hypothyroidism. Anti-depressant drugs may be necessary in these cases but meditation can be very helpful for depression as well whether the depression is situational (caused by external events) or organic (caused by chemical imbalances in the brain). Research has also shown that learning to meditate can dramatically reduce the chances of relapse into depression for those who have suffered repeated bouts.
There are many treatment options for depression.
A - Antidepressant medicines are commonly used to treat moderate or severe depression. A medicine cannot heal you from inside, however; symptoms such as low mood, poor sleep, and poor concentration are often eased with an antidepressant. This allows you to function more normally and increase your ability to deal with any problems.
B - Role of meditation
Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT).
It includes thinking and behavior pattern of life. As we know that we get more than 65,000 thoughts in a day and 99.99 percent of them is useless, unproductive, and harmful.
Depression is just a collection of negative thoughts and emotional energy inside in the form of worry, anxiety, and living in the past or future. Meditation teaches us that these thoughts are creating problems in our life because it is useless and unproductive to judge or label your thoughts in any way. Just witness and observe your thoughts as they also teach us that we have to change the negative pattern of thinking into a positive pattern of thinking by creating a good environment around us. We need to attend a workshop on motivation. We need to read good books or we must have positive friends and have a deep connection with nature like the ocean, mountain, water etc. It also teaches us how to avoid negative thoughts as well. In short, CBT helps people to achieve changes in the way they think, feel, and behave. The most important things that we have to explore and discover the interest of the person whosoever is suffering from depression. If he has an interest in dancing, we would encourage him to dance.
If a person likes creative work for examples painting, photography, and artwork we must support and available all resources for him.
2 - Group therapy and dynamic meditation practice
Since we keep on collecting negative emotional thought energy inside in the form of depression, which need to be released into the Universe by screaming, laughter therapy, crying therapy, tearing down, dancing, and singing activities. We could start making a group because everybody is suffering from the same problems so when we do in a group we definitely can encourage each another.
Laughter is a high vibrational therapy in which we can keep on laughing from the heart and uplifting ourselves to feel good and there is a conversion of negative thought energy into positive energy taking place. It means the energy of depression can be transferred into the energy of joy because energy stays the same and it just changes into a different form.
Meditation means having a deep connection with nature
Another activity is to go for a morning walk. As we know that the whole purpose of meditation is to live in this moment with a deep connection to nature. When we go for a morning walk we take fresh oxygenated air, which is full of high vibrational energy and it gives us tremendous energy and rejuvenates and refreshes our brain cells in order to dissolve useless and unwanted thoughts into powerful and productive thoughts. This ends end up to overcoming negative thought energy. It boosts our energy level.
4- Mindfulness practice
Depression happens as we keep on collecting energy of hatred, jealousy, fear, anxiety, worry etc. inside by living in the future or the past. But when you live in this moment with mindfulness then there is no memory, flashbacks, no past or future. Mindfulness teaches us to live here right now and experience whatsoever is going into this moment in order to get rid of negative thoughts energy.
Mindfulness disconnects all kinds negative emotion thought energy by living into this moment then depression is no more.
5- Whenever depression happens let it happens with full intensity. Never fight with it, don't create any diversion and force. Just allow it to happen; it will go by itself wait for the moment and depression goes away. You have to just wait. Nothing lasts forever; the depression will go. Wait; be aware, awake, and alert. It is the same as if day changes naturally into night. But practically what happens when we get depressed, we can move into regression and again we get depressed which is not good, the first depression is okay and it is a natural process in every human, moreover it is beautiful because it is not depression but it is an indication of happiness coming soon in the next moment. As soon as we get a second depression it is worse because it gives birth to mental disorder in the form of regression. Regression happens when we keep on asking many questions inside. For example, it should not have happened or I should have done this or that. It means we are fighting INSIDE and fighting means force and resistance within which is not good. The second depression in the form of regression would confuse your mind and create delusion and you would miss the beautiful moment of first depression.
Is it really possible for someone to reprogram his or her brain to overcome depression? (Michelle from the USA)
Answer: Yes, you have to reprogram or recondition your brain to overcome depression. It is called rewiring of our brain cells. As we know that depression is a collection of negative thought energy inside in the form of hatred, jealousy, anger, worry, anxiety, negativity, darkness etc. and we have conditioned our brain with negative thought patterns due to a negative environment or living with negative people in the form of useless thoughts without any proper reason, which could lead to depression because it is a tendency of brain cells to think negative and the more you think negative the more you get depressed. Therefore, in order to reprogram our brain cells, we must decondition our brain. It means we must think about positivity, peace, love, kindness, success etc. because we have to cultivate and feed our brain cells with the right positive thought patterns. For example, if you have a problem to stop smoking, you can reprogram your brain to think in ways that make it easier for you to become smoke-free and you have to cultivate and feed your subconscious mind that there are many harmful effects of smoking and it can cause lethal consequences and gradually we can quit it. It means we have to change the thinking pattern to quit smoking.
What action could you take when people around you cause you to feel depressed?
Maybe your family members, friends and you have no one to get help from others or you are reluctant to open up to others? (Dr. Philips from Canada)
Answer: I would not be scared to share with the right kind of people because sharing is needed. The intensity of depression is more when you are not able to share and it keeps on collecting inside to causes severe depression. Before that, you must have immense faith and self-confidence that no one can make you feel depressed. It means you are opening your emotion with others in the form of talking or discussion, which is really good because there is a continuous dissipation of energy taking place in which energy of depression can change into an energy of happiness.
Another self-action plan is to go for a dynamic meditation practice as well. One can go for laughing, crying, tearing down, dancing, singing, running etc. whatsoever they like to do because it is the way to release stuck energy into the Universe. For an example, when you go for laughing you can release the energy of depression into the energy of laughing because energy is just changing into different forms.