Triple Threat – Anger, Depression and Bitterness

Introduction

Man is body, soul and spirit. The soul is made up of the will, intellect and emotions. The devil’s strategy is to deceive the mind, alter our emotions so that our will does the wrong thing. A lot of Christians live at the level of the soul rather than at the level of the spirit, which results in responding emotionally rather than biblically. There are three emotions that the devil likes to use against the believer – anger, depression and bitterness.

Anger and Bitterness

Recently, there was a honeymooning couple from the United States. They went walking, but as they went they got into a serious argument. That argument would prove fatal as the angered wife pushed her husband over the edge of a cliff. The Bible has much to say about anger. Ephesians 4:26, 27 says, “In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.” Anger can lead to bitterness. Some years ago in Barbados, a homosexual man was so bitter that his lover was leaving him that he stabbed and killed him. He claimed that they had made vows. There are individuals who are so angry that they have contracted HIV that they go around infecting others through sexual encounters. Joseph in the book of Genesis was not bitter in spite of all that his brothers had done to him. Ephesians 4:31 says, “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.” Hebrews 12:15 says, “See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.”

Human anger is normal and not necessarily sinful. The verse in Ephesians that was previously mentioned indicates that we do get angry, but we do not have to sin. There are some things in life that we should get angry about. For example, we should get angry at social evils like abortion, discrimination and domestic violence. Such anger should lead us to pray, to agitate and to take action that can correct the problems. Human anger may result from not having the right view of a situation – we are limited in our knowledge and may misjudge a situation. A person’s perception often becomes his/her reality whether it is based on objective truth or not. We get angry because we think the situation warrants it.

Human anger often leads to sin, which is why it is often condemned in the Bible. Sinful anger can be expressed in various ways. We may want to take vengeance on persons who have hurt us. Vengeance includes bitterness – strong feelings of animosity, resentment or cynicism. People who are bitter are harsh, critical, judgmental; their view of life and people is skewed and negative. Vengeance includes hatred and the desire for and taking revenge. Another expression of sinful anger is verbal abuse. We get angry and we give persons “a piece of our mind.” We insult, shout, argue and denigrate others with the intention of humiliating them. At the other extreme, sinful anger may be evidenced in refusing to share how we feel. Instead of openly communicating with others telling them how they have hurt us, we internalize our feelings, so that the person does not know that we are angry with them.

Human anger can be controlled. The first step is to admit that we’re angry. Some people do not want to admit that they are angry to others, but worst yet, they do not want to admit to themselves that they are angry. Once anger is not admitted, the person cannot deal with it. We must learn to control our outbursts, which involves thinking before we act and praying and talking to others. The Holy Spirit has given us fruit that we must daily cultivate. The Bible tells us that if we walk in the spirit, we will not carry out the desires of the sinful nature. We must practice confession and forgiveness. We must confess to God and others the sinful expressions of anger and we need to be willing to forgive and to receive forgiveness. Additionally, we must avoid ruminating on the problem – the source of anger. To ruminate is to constantly think about the problem, which may lead to the feeling of revenge; that must be resisted. To get your mind to stop thinking about something, you have to preoccupy it with other things: reading a novel, watching television, talking to others, working on a project, reading the Word and praying are some of the ways in which this could be done.

There are various causes for anger. There are physical causes – things that are physically wrong with persons that cause them to react angrily and/or aggressively. Persons become angry in reaction to injustice, either directed against themselves or against loved ones. Persons also become angry because of frustration; they are angry because there are obstacles blocking them from realizing a goal or accomplishing what they want. Anger also comes because of threat and hurt: when persons perceive that they are rejected, put down, ignored, humiliated, unjustly criticized or threatened in some other way. Anger is typically a mask for the hurt that we feel: we may be disappointed or hurt by a person’s actions or negligence, but instead of expressing that hurt, we hide it behind anger. For example, some children are really hurt because of rejection, and they express that hurt through expressions of anger. Anger is also caused through learning. We can learn how to respond to various situations by seeing the examples of others. If our parents were prone to react angrily, then we may have been conditioned to react angrily to various situations.

The effects of anger can be either negative or positive. Remember the Bible doesn’t always condemn anger, but it does condemn sinful anger. It is that type of anger that has negative effects. One such effect is holding back: this involves any form of withdrawal. We may choose to withdraw from the person that we’re angry with, or we can go further and withdraw from others including those who love us. We may also choose to withdraw from a situation. In some cases, withdrawal is a positive action. It gives us time to calm down and to think and pray about the situation. Anger is very serious when it is internalized.

Some persons deny that they are angry; if anger is denied then it cannot be dealt with and resolved, which will ultimately lead to spiritual and neurotic problems. Anger that is turned inward may express itself in acting out, of which there are three types. The first is direct aggression: Cain was so angry and jealous that he killed his brother, Abel. The second is passive aggression: persons find subtle ways at getting back at a person, for example, sarcastic jokes; in an office, a worker may work slowly or misplace an important file. The third is redirected aggression or displaced aggression: anger is taken out on other persons who were not the cause of the problem, but are simply innocent victims. A mature way of dealing with anger is to face the sources of anger: recognize what is causing the anger and find appropriate ways to deal with it.

We can take steps to minimize or to prevent anger. Biblical teaching is indispensable in helping us to accomplish this. The goal of Christianity is that we become Christ-like. In order for that to happen we must read, meditate on and live out the truth of Scripture. The Holy Spirit will give us the capacity to do this. He will produce His fruit in our lives that will enable us to positively respond to negative situations. We should try to avoid anger-arousing situations and people. This may be more easily said than done especially when the person or situation occurs in the home or in the workplace. In light of that, we should minimize our contact where possible or be willing to walk away when necessary. To this we should add learning to confront in a loving way (speaking the truth in love). Communication is needed to express how you feel, hear from the other person and to resolve problems.

We should also learn to reevaluate situations. We can be guilty of faulty perception, or the situation may not be as bad as we think, or may not merit an angry response. Reevaluating the situation may allow us to be more understanding and empathetic. Often we respond in an angry way because we have low self-esteem. We need to find ways to build our self-esteem. This may involve recognizing what the Word of God says about us, talking to a counselor, daily affirming our worth, developing good communication and social skills, learning new skills and other such self-esteem building activities. We need to avoid thinking about the problem/hurt. This is difficult since our mind seems to run in loops when we have been hurt. It is made worse if we tend to be obsessive-compulsive. One solution is to occupy our minds with other thoughts, for example by meditating on the Word of God or even relaxing our minds by reading a novel or watching a good movie. As mentioned previously, a great way of preventing anger is to be Spirit-controlled, yielding to the Holy Spirit so that He can influence and dominate our thoughts and actions.

Depression

1 Kings 19:1-9 gives an account of one of Israel’s foremost prophets. Elijah had experienced a mighty victory against the prophets of Baal, but when Queen Jezebel threatened to kill him, he became afraid and ran for his life. Here was a man who was not afraid of hundreds of false prophets but was afraid of a woman to the extent that he became depressed. He felt that he had failed and wanted God to end his life. This shows that depression can affect even the most spiritual of men, but it is up to us to determine whether it will hold us down. Many pastors (and other fivefold ministers) struggle with depression, usually because of disappointments in the ministry. Let’s take a look at some of the signs of depression.

Depression is evidenced in sadness (accompanied by pessimism and hopelessness). Persons constantly feel sad and have a negative outlook on life. Depression is seen in apathy and inertia (makes it difficult to get going or face decisions). Persons reach a place in their lives where it takes too much effort to care and where it takes even greater effort to do anything that needs to be done. Victims of depression experience fatigue (loss of energy, lack of interest in work, sex, religion, etc.); they perpetually feel tired. Another symptom of depression is low self-esteem (accompanied often by self-criticism and feelings of guilt, shame, worthlessness and helplessness). Sanguine persons, persons who are accustomed to being spontaneous and fun-loving, lose that spontaneity. Depression can produce insomnia and difficulties in concentration as well as loss of appetite.

There are various causes of depression including genetic-biological causes, physical causes and psychological-cognitive causes. Physical causes include such things as lack of sleep, lack of exercise, the side-effects of drugs, illness and improper diet. In women, physical causes include Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) and postpartum depression (after birth of a child). Psychological-cognitive causes include background and family causes. For example, depression is more likely when parents reject their children or when they set unrealistically high or rigid standards that children are unable to meet. It is even more likely if one or both parents suffer with depression. Under psychological-cognitive causes, we can include stress and significant losses. In our increasingly fast-paced world, deteriorating society and income challenged environment we can expect to see more cases of depression as people struggle to survive. Losses of opportunities, jobs, promotions, health, people that we love and other losses can lead to depression.

Psychological-cognitive causes also include learned helplessness: depression comes when we are faced with situations that we can’t control. Cognitive causes specifically include negative thinking; people who allow their minds to perpetually dwell on negative thoughts will inevitably become depressed. Cognitive causes also include anger. Depression results because anger is internalized. Hurt leads to anger (anger hides the hurt) which leads to revenge (revenge hides the hurt and anger) which leads to destructive action, psychosomatic symptoms, depression (these hide the hurt, anger, revengefulness). Once people recognize the anger they can begin to condemn themselves for it, which leads to further depression. Under cognitive causes we can also talk about sin and guilt. Guilt causes depression, depression causes more guilt and that increased guilt leads to greater depression.

There are various effects of depression. Persons who are depressed demonstrate unhappiness and inefficiency. Inefficiency means that persons are not functioning at their best, for example, they may be sluggish at work and fail to do what the job requires. Depression may lead to various physical illnesses. It leads to feelings of low self-esteem. Persons who are depressed may also withdraw from people, spending a lot of time alone. In extreme cases, depression can lead to suicide. Depression also has a negative effect on others. People who live with depressed persons often feel burdened; they may want to help but feel powerless and inadequate to help. They themselves may battle with feelings of depression as a result.

We can prevent depression in various ways. The most important thing that we need to do is to trust God. Scripture encourages us to trust the Lord and not to lean on our own understanding; we are to acknowledge Him in all our ways. At times God may seem distant, we may not even feel like calling on Him. This is where we need to operate by faith and where we must do as an act of our will in spite of how we feel. God is a faithful God. His covenant assures us of various benefits. He is our peace, our provider, our protector. Scripture describes Him as a refuge and our strength, a present help in our time of trouble. Whenever we go through depressing times, we need to pray, to call on His name and to trust that He will hear and answer.

This may seem strange, but expect discouragement. Discouraging times will come. People will disappoint us. Some situations will not work out in our favor. Prayers may not be answered to our specifications. During such times we need to remember God’s promises. He will continue to be with us. He will surround us with songs of deliverance. He will give us the grace that we need to overcome. We also need to be alert to depression-prone situations. For example, a widow will experience depression after her husband has died and at subsequent special occasions. While she can prepare for those times, others who are familiar can offer encouragement. This is where the body of Christ becomes the agent of blessing that God wants it to be, being His hands extended, demonstrating His love in tangible ways.

We must learn to handle anger and guilt. We already dealt with ways of dealing with anger. There are two kinds of guilt: subjective and objective. Subjective guilt is the feeling of guilt, whether we are actually guilty of doing something wrong or not. This feeling can be misleading because it may be based on neurotic perceptions. Objective guilt occurs when we have actually done something wrong, when we have violated God’s principles: whether we feel guilty or not, we are actually guilty of sin. Persons who are plagued with subjective guilt must recognize that unless they have actually done something wrong, they do not need to feel guilty. This may require counseling to deal with unresolved issues. Persons who have objective guilt must confess their sin and ask God to forgive them. The Bible tells us that once we do that God is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

To avoid depression, we must learn to challenge negative thinking. Even though there are some harsh realities in life, God does not want us to dwell on the negative. In fact, the Word tells us to rejoice in the Lord always. Paul was in prison when he wrote this, but he refused to think negatively about his situation. He trusted in the sovereignty of God. When he and Silas were in the Philippian jail, they not only prayed, but they praised God. Praise is a powerful weapon in defeating negative thoughts. We must cultivate the discipline of meditating on the Word of God. That Word contains powerful promises that can sustain us in the dark moments of life. Beyond that, the Word guides us into God’s perfect will. Once we get it into our mind it will affect our outlook on life. It is also important to meditate on positive things: there are good things happening in your life and in society; why not think on these things rather than dwelling on the negative?

Life presents various challenges, and it is our responsibility to learn coping techniques. For example, time management is a good way of minimizing frustration and the feeling of being overwhelmed. We must also be willing to find support from loving and capable individuals who can help us to navigate through those tough times. God has put us in a body of believers for this kind of support. We are all called to be ministers, and the act of ministering to others is therapeutic. Self-absorbed persons can easily become depressed while persons who help others often feel good about themselves. However, this must be balanced: to get overly involved with others and to neglect ourselves, or to excessively take on the problems of others can lead to depression. Finally, we need to practice physical fitness; we feel much better emotionally when we are physically fit.

Conclusion

Anger, bitterness and depression can be overcome. It is counterproductive to excuse ourselves saying that we’re only human. Too many people accept negative emotions, which prevent them from realizing their potential in Christ. Further, it is counterproductive to blame others and situations. People are what they are and life is what it is; we are powerless to change many of the things that come our way in life. Our goal is to be like Christ and to live an overcoming life. This leaves no room for anger, bitterness and depression. Rather, we can be filled with love, joy, peace and the other attributes of the fruit of the Spirit.

Fear and Causes of Depression

Causes of Depression

Have you ever wondered what causes depression? Perhaps you’ve received a diagnosis of depression and it made you wonder why some people get depressed while others do not.

Depression is a very complex disease and occurs for many different reasons. Some people get depressed as a result of a serious physical illness. Others may get depressed due to major life changes such as moving and leaving friends or death of a loved one, and some people have a family history of depression and may be obtained without any particular reason.

Cause of depression

What are the main causes of depression?

Abuse. Physical, sexual or emotional abuse in the past, resulting in depression later in life.

Certain drugs. Some drugs used to treat high blood pressure, such as beta – blockers or reserpine, can increase the risk for depression.

Conflict. Depression can occur as a result of conflicts or disagreements with family members or friends.

Death or loss of a beloved. Grief and sorrow over the death or loss of a loved one, even though a normal part of life, can contribute to depression.

Genetics. It is believed that the tendency to depression partly genetically transmitted to the next generation, but the way in which this happens is still unknown.

Major changes and events in their lives. Even positive changes such as the completion of their education, getting a job or entering into a marriage can cause depression, and it can do and bad events such as job loss or divorce.

Other personal problems. Problems such as social isolation or izbaÄ enje from a group in which you want to be.

Serious illness. Many serious physical illness can take away energy and make you depressed.

Addiction to alcohol or other harmful substances. Around 30 % of people with this problem and has severe or clinical depression.

Does biology to do with depression?

Scientists have found differences in the brains of people who are depressed and those who did not. For example, the hippocampus, a tiny part of the brain vital to preserving the memory is often lower in people with a history of depression. A smaller hippocampus has fewer receptors for serotonin ( a neurotransmitter that gives us a sense of calm and contentment ). In a game that many other neurotransmitters such as dopamine or norepenefrin.

Although it is not yet clear why depressed people have a smaller hippocampus ( there are several theories ), one thing is clear – Depression is a complex disease that is affected by many factors, and the study of biological and chemical processes behind the state of depression will come to more effective ways to combat this disease.

What Is Clinical Depression – Its Causes And Symptoms

Never remain in the illusion that you alone are going through depression in your life. Everyday, millions of people get informed that they are suffering from clinical depression. So, you are not alone my friend.

Now, you might be thinking that what this clinical depression is all about.

Is it life threatening?

Will I lose something very important or maybe my own life?

Will I ever get normal?

So many questions come to your mind when you think of it!

STOP thinking! Because, here I am going to tell you all that you want to know about Clinical Depression.

Nearly three in every five American are complaining of certain specific symptoms related to depression. And when this depression continues to occur even after six months, it turns into the state of Clinical Depression.

Definition

Clinical depression (also called major depressive disorder or unipolar depression) is a state of extreme sadness, melancholy or misery resulting in social inactivity and complete isolation.

Causes

1. Genetic Predisposition (Hormonal imbalance)

2. Medical conditions (Neuro chemical)

3. Dietary

4. Alcohol and other drugs

5. Quality of Sleep

6. Certain ways of thinking

7. Certain medical illnesses like cardiovascular pathologies, hepatitis, mononucleosis, hypothyroidism, and organic brain damage may also cause clinical depression

8. Low self-esteem or a distorted outlook on life

9. Traumatic childhood experiences like the death of a parent, rejection, chronic illness, or sexual abuse

10. Introvert by nature

These causes can play havoc to your future life and lead to certain inferiority complexes. Your whole life and success depends upon your childhood experiences. So, as soon as you find any of the following symptoms in you, your child or your near ones, immediately consult a psychiatrist before its too late. So, have a look at these symptoms of Clinical Depression:

1. Persistent mood swings

2. Emotional instability

3. Feelings of helplessness, hopelessness and loneliness

4. Feelings of intense melancholy or sadness

5. Social isolation

6. Lack of motivation

7. Fear and anxiety

8. Increase or loss of appetite resulting in weight gain or weight loss

9. Lack of interest and pleasure in most of the activities including sex

10. Disturbed sleep patterns- insomnia

11. Irritability and restlessness

12. Fatigue

13. Indecisiveness

14. Lack of concentration

15. Loss of memory

16. Intrusive and recurring suicidal thoughts

17. Feeling guilty, worthless and dependent

When your child starts refusing to go to school, shows no interest in extra-curricular activities, carries morbid fears such as the death of parents and low self-esteem, then this is to get cautious; probably your child is suffering from Clinical Depression.

Your life is so precious for all around you and not paying attention to your health can make the situations worse. And if you know what are the causes and symptoms of Clinical Depression, then you can save your own life and the ones close to you.

So what if you are the sufferer, nothing is impossible in such an advanced and technical world. You can make your life the way you want it to be!

Depression – Symptoms, Causes, Treatments

Depression is a serious illness that has been around probably since man began walking the earth. There are symptoms that could indicate you are depressed. There are causes or triggers that cause depressed feelings. There are also a variety of treatment options available. You can discuss your symptoms with your doctor and together determine the proper course of treatment for you specific needs.

Symptoms of Depression

A person who is suffering with Depression has a deep sadness that they can’t explain and just won’t quit. Sleep and appetite changes, too little or too much of either may occur. Irritability and mood swings are also symptoms. They may feel like they are moving in a similar way to slow motion replays. Loss of interest in activities, friends, and family may be exhibited. The sex drive may decrease. In some severe cases one might neglect hygiene and even eating.

Causes/triggers of Depression

Loss is a huge trigger for many. It could be loss of loved ones either in divorce or death. Loss of a job, loss of a promotion at work, and financial losses can all trigger or cause symptoms of Depression to erupt. Moving or having a friend move away can also trigger depressive episodes. Traumatic events such as serious injury, chronic illness, war, and currently terrorist’s attacks all can and have triggered Depression in many people.

Treatment Options

Medications such as anti-depressants are commonly prescribed for many cases of Depression. These medications fall into four classes; each of them are very effective and they each work on the chemicals in the brain in their own way. The problem with them however, is that they have some side effects that could put a patient at serious risk.

Medical procedures such as ECT- Electroconvulsive Therapy which is done by delivering electric shocks to the patient through electrodes on the head resulting in a seizure. The patient receives anesthesia and a muscle relaxer prior to the procedure thus reducing the intensity of the resulting seizure.

When the patient comes out of it they are confused and remember nothing surrounding the procedure. Repeated treatments could result in permanent memory loss, recurring seizures, and movement disorders. TMS- Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is done by passing a magnetic coil that receives short currents at regular intervals over the scalp of a patient the current penetrates the skull to the brain, stimulating the nerve cells. This is experimental but has great potential as becoming a precise tool for treating other brain disorders.

Nutritional Supplements can also be effective treatments and include multi-vitamins and herbal supplements. Though they may work alone nutritional supplements might be even more effective when paired with other therapies. Vitamins for Depression include the B-complex vitamins. The B vitamins help with cell metabolism including red blood cells preventing Anemia. Multi-vitamin supplements include minerals such as Iron and Zinc.

Herbal supplements are blend special herbs, vitamins and minerals as well as other nutritive substances known to alleviate Depression symptoms.

Herbs such as Chamomile, Valerian, and Milk Thistle are just a few of the herbs contained with in the supplement.

In order to be guaranteed the most potent, safe, effective, and pure supplements they should have been put through a lot of testing. The metabolism of the ingredients’ at the molecular level is tested as are the interactions of the ingredients. They should be made to meet pharmaceutical standards of manufacturing.

Conclusion

Depression is an illness marked by sadness, lethargy, and sleep/appetite issues among other symptoms. There are treatments available such anti-depressant medication, psychotherapy, medical procedures like shock therapy Electroconvulsive Therapy- ECT and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. Herbal supplements are just one of the nutritional supplements that can benefit depression. Do research and consult with your doctor before adding anything to your health regimen.

Depression Causes

Most of the medical community has not identified the exact cause of depression because there are many factors that can be involved that can cause the disorder. Some of the contributors to this disorder can be; Genetic, biochemical, environmental, and psychosocial factors can play a role. The fact is, depression is not a personal weakness or a condition that can be willed or wished away, but it can be successfully treated.

The great news is that over 33 million people with this disorder can be successfully treated!

Another noted fact the medical community has stated and that is, twice as many women have the disorder than men. They also noted that depression strikes all ages, economic levels and races. Still another fact. Depression can turn into a panic attack. Symptoms of depression can be very similar to that of an anxiety attack or panic attack. Remember that the good news is that there is help available that can cure.

To bisect the causes:

o Biochemical-This imbalance in your body’s chemical structure can cause involuntary depression

o Environmental-Normally caused by drug or alcohol abuse.

o Psychosocia-Caused by events of one nature or another.

o Genetic-Passed down from parents or relatives.

You should seek Teen depression help as soon as possible if you notice changes in behavior. This brings to mind symptoms to look for:

o Hopelessness

o Trouble sleeping

o Low energy

o Feeling guilty for no reason

o Significant weight loss

o Irritability

o Difficulty concentrating

Most of us have gone through periods of depression but these are normally short lived. If the depression persists for a long period or has developed into a panic attack, then it is time to talk to a specialist like a doctor so he or she can evaluate your condition. You want these bothers behind you so you can go on to new heights. This can be done.

Call a health care professional if any of the following are noticed:

o Thought if suicide or suicide attempt

o Depression getting worse

o Feeling very agitated

o Have a panic attack

My closing of this article is to pass along to any of you who are having depression due to the economic situation going on and I know there are a lot of you. I have come across a eBook which you can read or download and read that can really help. This book is free and worth you time. Go to:

http://think-and-grow-rich-ebook.com/

I have one comment on this book. It may come to you if you download the book in a zip folder(show a zipper in the middle of the file), you need to right click on the folder and select “extract all”. Follow the wizard by clicking “next” and when done click the “finish” and you then will have a plain folder on your desktop where you can double click on and read the book. Enjoy

Craven Solutions,

Ken

Suicide Causes and Effects Are Linked to Depression – Depression Kills But it Doesn’t Have to Be You

Suicide causes and effects are linked to clinical depression. In fact, the most recent data shows that depression is the number one cause of suicide. As a survivor of a parent who committed suicide I can at least empathize with other survivors. I know however, that obviously no one has the “same exact” feelings, but it is comforting to know you are not alone.

I did a search on Google today to know many times the search phrase “suicide causes” was searched. “Suicide causes” was searched a little over 10,000 times on a month or roughly 335 times a day. I was shocked to see other words being search about the subject (I will not reveal the keywords, a little disturbing, to me at least). So I decided to do some more research and here is some what I found…

Facts about suicide:

o 90% of all cases involving suicide mental illness is a factor.

o Over 65% of all suicides are males.

o Over half of “successful” suicides are done by firearms.

Here are some suicide signs and warnings that you are at risk (There is a link below for a more complete list)…

o Giving away prized possessions.

o Writing a will.

o No sense of humor.

o Dealing with an apparent “degrading” situation.

o Excessive guilt or shame.

o Acting irrationally and/or behaving extremely irritable.

o Being preoccupied with death or dying.

o Overly complaining of illnesses

o A dramatic change in personal appearance or neglected it. A

o Dramatic change in personality.

o Performing poorly at work or in school.

o Abusing alcohol or drugs.

o Inability to concentrate.

I am going to wrap up and relate what my counselor said to me years ago, while I was intensely struggling with my dad’s death. “Francis” she said, “there is no need to make a permanent solution to a temporary problem.” What truth that statement holds.

Causes Of Depression – The Reasons Behind Why Depression Occurs

Medical Research On Depression

There have been innumerable studies on depression, and various theories have been put forward as to why people fall into a depressed state of mind. The general opinion that has been shared by the medical faculties is that there are a variety of causes that cause depression and it cannot be attributed to any one factor. Research is still going on, and great headway has been made over the years.

Many doctors feel that depression could surface as a result of genes inherited. They feel that certain traits are bound to appear in forthcoming generations. Also, these genes could adversely interfere with the serotonin that the brain produces. Finally, the only conclusion that medical researches can arrive at is that a variety of factors can cause depression, and while eliminating these factors one by one, the person can be treated successfully.

Childhood Experiences

Doctors usually will go deeply into a person’s childhood and try and find out factors that could inhibit a person. For instance, if a person has had uncomfortable experiences in the physical or sexual sphere, this could have a direct impact on a person’s emotional well being. The future could seem bleak and a sense of worthlessness prevails. Also the person is inhibited socially and tends to isolate himself.

Depression could also be a biological factor. One has to bear in mind that there are chemicals in the brain that help us to guard against danger – our reflexes are able to help us to protect ourselves, but if there is a chemical imbalance, then we cannot react as quickly. Also, keeping feelings dormant only serves to bring out morbid thoughts and feelings and an inability to handle any form of anxiety or stress.

Medical Conditions And Drugs As A Cause Of Depression

There are certain ailments like hyperthyroidism that can seriously affect a person’s ability to handle situations regarding a job loss or the death of a loved one. Attacks of panic frequently occur, as the person is unable to handle any emotional blow. Handling pain effectively can be difficult under these circumstances.

Drugs like cocaine can have a devastating effect on the brain, and can damage the brain cells, cause attacks of paranoia and produce imbalance, so that the person is in a constant state of nervousness and fear.

The human race is complicated and in order to deal with depression effectively, it is very important to analyze the root of the problem, which may go far back to one’s childhood experiences or to certain shocks like the loss of a job or a loved one, traumatic changes in one’s life as a result of these devastating losses – all these need to be focused upon and dealt with accordingly, and with the help of medication and treatment available, you will be on the road to recovery.

The Physical Causes of Depression

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Depression is no carnival. However, it may take a parade to understand the physical causes of depression.

Depression is a serious health condition. The physical causes of depression are characterized by a neurochemical or hormonal imbalance. Genes, hormones, illnesses, disabilities, medication, and diets cause these imbalances.

BIOCHEMISTRY

We have chemicals in our brains that affect our moods and emotions. Some of these chemicals are norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine. A chemical imbalance will result if there is not enough, too much, or inconsistent usage of those chemicals. If the chemicals in our brains are off balance, or halts producing, this will affect our mood. It is just like performing in a parade. If one person stops marching, it could affect the rest of the parade.

GENES

Depression is hereditary. If one parent has depression, the child has a 27% chance of inheriting depression, and that percentage doubles if both parents have it.

HORMONES

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), Post Partum, and Menopause can cause depressed mood, mood swings, irritability, and tension or anxiety. About a week before a woman’s menustration, she may experience these symptoms. Some women develop Post Pardum after childbirth, which is characterized by depression or a deep sense of loss. Two of the female hormones, estrogen and testosterone, drop significantly 24 hours after childbirth. This rapid change can cause depression, just as the small change in hormones through menstruation.

ILLNESS

Medical illnesses often cause depression. Some examples are Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid gland), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Parkinson’s Disease (PD), and Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

CFS patients feel as if they have a long lasting flu. Some symptoms like a sore throat, swollen glands, muscle pain, and severe prolonged fatigue cause depression.

The thyroid regulates hormones. An underactive thyroid gland will affect the hormones and chemicals responsible for mood and emotions.

In PD, the amount of dopamine, one of the “feel good” neurotransmitters responsible for mood, is critically low. This also affects the worsening of physical movement, which in effect, can cause the depression to worsen.

With MS, the condition destroys the nerves that transport signals for mood neurotransmitters. Without the nerves to carry the needed chemicals, this will result in depressed symptoms.

BURNOUT

This is similar to CFS, but CFS is long-term and burnout is usually short-term. This is characterized by a depletion of mental and physical energy. This is from a prolonged overwork and/or an overload of demands and obligations placed upon an individual. Aching joints, extreme fatigue, or a decrease in bone density and muscle mass are other physical causes of depression.

DISABILITIES

Approximately 20% – 30% of people with long-term disabilities have a depressive condition. Those with a loss of limbs, senses, or other abilities can suffer from low self-esteem or physical and emotional pain. Emotional pain can cause physical symptoms of depression. These symptoms may include muscle soreness, disturbed sleep, change in appetite, and lack of energy.

MEDICATIONS AND DIET

Most antidepressant medications come with a warning now, stating that it is possible the medication can make the depression worse than it was. This sounds counteractive; however most medications for depression are helpful and efficient. The use of certain medications, such as steroids and some blood pressure medications can cause physical symptoms of depression.

TRAUMA

A blunt force to the head can cause brain damage. This can alter many other functions occurring in the brain as well. An injury at work, school, sports, or other physical trauma can offset the brain and body’s natural rhythms.

A full medical and psychological evaluation will confirm the cause of depression. This will rule out other causes or underlining conditions. Treatments for physical causes of depression may include medication, electroconvulsive treatments (ECT), psychotherapy, art and dance therapy, physical therapy, or other recommended treatments.

Once we treat the physical causes of depression, we can march, without a halt, in that parade once again.

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