Depression

Depression

“Depression is present when we forget that we are a part of God’s divine design. Learning to experience authentic love means abandoning ego’s insistence that you have much to fear and that you are in an unfriendly world. You can make the decision to be free from depression and fear and return to the brilliant light of love that is always with you.”

Being depressed can make you feel helpless. You’re not. Along with therapy and sometimes medication, there’s a lot you can do on your own to fight back. Changing your lifestyle, behavior, attending spiritual thoughts, and even your way of thinking — are all natural depression treatments.

Don’t rely on medications alone. Although medication can relieve the symptoms of depression, it is not usually suitable for long-term use. Other treatments, including lifestyle and even your way of thinking, can be just as effective as medication, often even more so, but don’t come with unwanted side effects. If you do decide to try medication, remember that medication works best when you make healthy lifestyle changes as well.

According to Sikh life style instructed by the Sikh Guru, one should control and get rid of five vices, as the most of the modern day diseases are psychological – caused by the mind. Emotional attachment, Anger, Greed, hatred, and fear destroy not only our peace of mind but our health as well.

According to the spiritualists, religious listening and attending act as a clinical tool to treat certain psychological problems, particularly those related to anxiety, examination and interview fears, depression and a negative attitude towards life and career goals.

While spiritual practices are the ultimate cure for all depression, the very nature of depression sometimes prevents spiritual seekers from doing the very things that could help them out of the problem. In our diseased material consciousness, chanting God’s name or meditation—the cure—may often seem difficult, but as we advance in our spiritual consciousness, the chanting becomes sweeter and more and more enjoyable.

Now is the time to focus on both your mental and physical health, because the mind-body connection plays a role in depression and relapse. Depression can make you feel alone, so it’s important to reconnect with friends and family. “The more we take care of ourselves, the less vulnerable we might become to depression, as well as to a recurrence,”

Normal remedies for depression can include; Dietary supplements, exercise such as yoga or any type of regular workout routine; or relaxation techniques such as meditation or yoga.

Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person’s thoughts, behavior, feelings and sense of wellbeing. Depressed people can feel sad, anxious, empty, hopeless, worried, Fatigue or loss of energy, recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, or actual suicide attempts, diminished ability to think/concentrate or increased indecision, psychomotor agitation or retardation, insomnia/hypersomnia, helpless, worthless, guilty, irritable, hurt, or restless.

They may lose interest in activities that once were pleasurable, experience loss of appetite or overeating, have problems concentrating, remembering details, or making decisions, aches, pains, or digestive problems may also be present.

Lord Shri Krishna has said in Shrimad Bhagavad Geeta that mind is the source of happiness or unhappiness experienced by a human being. Saints corroborated this statement by a Hindi saying, which means, “If mind loses, a man loses, if mind feels it has won, man wins”. It is thus not necessary that a man facing a depression in mind have not necessarily to be of a particular type or stage of a human being. Beginning with a child till one attains a tottering old age this mental depression can arise out of any event or situation whatsoever. Our wishes, desires and hopes are unlimited. Whenever our desires are not satisfied, at that time ego of our mind feels hurt and responds by a reaction. Mental pain resulting from such displeasure results in anger, this creates hypertension and if the vehemence or sparks of anger are too fast or terribly quick, it can even result in brain hemorrhage. If there is any hindrance in achieving excellence, peace and well-defined life, it is human mind only.

Although depression is a state of mind, science has found that a chemical imbalance in the brain accompanies clinical depression. Often, depression can be treated without drugs. That is to say, if we change our emotional state, such as through spiritual practices, we can change our brain chemistry. In more severe cases, though, we need medication to restore a healthy chemical balance.

Many people experience loneliness and depression in old age, either as a result of living alone or due to lack of close family ties and reduced connections with their philosophies of origin, which results in an inability to actively participate in the community activities. With advancing age, it is inevitable that people lose connection with their friendship networks and that they find it more difficult to initiate new friendships and to belong to new networks.

We live in frequently changing surroundings. Further, we face conflicts of various kinds in our lives. Personality difficulties at home, the pressures of the rapidly changing workplace and other external disturbances toss us in various directions. We experience stress as we readjust our lives to different circumstances in our lives. Wear and tear of our bodies are the direct manifestation of this stress. It results in negative feelings of depression, despair, distrust, worry, impatience, anxiety, rejection, violence, strain, stress, agitation and anger. These negative feelings, in turn, kill people through chronic physiological and psychological health problems. Stress and the modern life are entangled. This stress is unavoidable, even if one is to abandon the world. Given the circumstances, what we can do is free ourselves to the extent that we will not be adversely affected by it. Stress results from the way we perceive the world, not from the way the world really is. To put it otherwise, it is not circumstances or events in themselves that cause our stress, but rather the views we take of them. What it boils down to is to realize indivisibility of our Source within, which is Unconditioned and Changeless. Then we can remain unaffected by the objective conditions. That is to say, by being awake, aware, alert and detached we can attain freedom from stress while living in the world. The wise ones call this state “being in the world, but not of it”!

“I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.”

The only source of knowledge is experience.

Often, depression can be treated without drugs. That is to say, if we change our emotional state, such as through spiritual practices, we can change our brain chemistry. In more severe cases, though, we need medication to restore a healthy chemical balance. Untreated or poorly treated depression can have tragic outcomes,

 

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