Some common thoughts stemming from experiencing depression:
How did I get here? Nothing seems to matter. Just tell me what to do. What can I take to make it go away? I know what to do, I just have no motivation to do it. The only thing that helps is numbing out.
Do you relate to any of these thoughts? I've been there and millions of other people have as well, to varying degrees. Depression is one ofthe fastest growing ailments in the world (despite the proliferation of anti-depressants over the years). It comes with a general feeling of helplessness and hopelessness. Only about 20 to 25 percent of depression sufferers seek help because they don't believe it's going to make a difference.
Why do I have depression? It typically is a number of factors.and depends on you as an individual. More importantly than why is how will you overcome depression?
What if I told you some of the most successful therapies for depression never examine childhood? Part of the problem with those of us who suffer depression is we make meaning out of events and our style of making-meaning hurts us. What appears to be helpful for many people is learning a new skill of interpreting stressful events. Ruminating and analyzing works against getting better. Action is what helps people get better.. Dwelling on why what things mean can lead to paralysis.
Exercise has a treatment success rate that matches antidepressant medications and has a lower relapse rate and has minimal negative side effects compared to antidepressants.