What is the point of depression?

Depression is an umbrella term for describing symptoms of a mental state of exhaustion.

The common understanding equating depression with sadness is not quite correct.Rather, depression describes an inner emptiness, i.e. a lack of emotion, which is associated with past emotional overload. The felt emotional pain is too great to be processed, and this leaves the person concerned emotionally exhausted to protect himself from other possible dangers. In the end, depression is only an automatic protective function in order not to lose control completely emotionally, just as the body eventually collapses in case of too much overload, so as not to prevent further overload from a possible To die a heart attack, or just as in a ship the bulkheads are sealed when too much water enters, so that the ship does not sink.

This lack of ability to feel, even though you want to feel, can naturally make you sad in places, because you think it’s wrong with something, although of course that’s wrong.Depression is just a warning sign of mental overload, not a sign of weakness, or even that something is wrong with one. For treatment, it is therefore important to take measures that make the person concerned more mentally resistant in order to be better able to cope with resistance in the future, or to avoid certain situations that are generally conducive to depression, such as a toxic relationship or the wrong workplace, etc. The prevention strategy must not, of course, develop into an unhealthy anxiety disorder, which in turn can slow down or even reverse the positive process. But this has to be clarified individually and sometimes only a temporary distance helps to acquire other behavioral strategies in the meantime, but in principle the first mentioned treatment method of mental strengthening already helps in the beginning. Reflects.

Depression makes you seem powerless and depressed, which you are at the moment due to the previous emotional overload, but is wrongly interpreted from the outside as sadness.The often associated incomprehension of relatives makes you feel even sadder and one perhaps emotionally isolates oneself even more from one’s previous environment. The resulting loneliness does not make you feel any better, of course, as you do not get the support you hope for. Emotional support is important, but without the well-known, if perhaps sweet, sayings such as “head up” or the well-known “rip up together” from the desperation of the relatives.So before you say something that only expresses your own desperation due to the state of the depressed person, because you don’t know what else to say, a simple, sincere supportive hand-holding or a hug and an honest “I help” helps far more than any useless sayings, so that one then seeks professional help for the person concerned, for example, as they often cannot help themselves at that moment. However, only as support and not under duress, otherwise the person concerned may feel deceived. In the event of a risk of suicide, one should of course ignore this, as rational behaviour of the person concerned cannot be guaranteed. But this can all be decided individually on a case-by-case basis. In case of doubt, however, it would be better to annoy the person with questions once more than to ask too little and then something happens. Unfortunately, those suffering from depression are often very good actors and a suicide (attempt) seems to come out of nowhere for the environment. Often they are even euphoric just before, because they know inwardly that it will soon be over. The correct choice of words, which shows understanding, however, can have a very strong de-escalating effect in the case of doubt. And in the worst case, of course, dial the emergency call, even if this does not work in the event of a potential hazard.

But to get back to the original question: In the end, in the event of depression, your brain tells you nothing more than: “Stop!Don’t carry on like this! I’m overwhelmed! Please change something in your life!” This can be expressed by the various known symptoms that can be read elsewhere, but not all of them have to be forced to occur. Psychosomatic ailments, which are often wrongly diagnosed as purely physical ailments, can also occur. If in doubt, simply consult the attending physician and have it examined if the purely physical treatment of the symptoms does not bring any improvement.

The causes of depression can be manifold:

  • trauma, e.g. due to rape, bullying, physical or mental abuse (even parental neglect is a form of abuse), sudden death of a related person, broken partnership or even mental Overstimulation due to an incomprehensible occurrence such as a serious traffic accident
  • anxiety disorders such as social anxiety or the situation do not measure fears of failure, which avoid certain situations in life, but which are incredibly important for mental development in order to achieve mental stability and to crisis situations.

The origin of these fears can lie, for example, in the constantly occurring, incomparable to the situation and/or simply in too much parental criticism, which subconsciously teaches the child that one is not good enough for the world, since one always does everything wrong anyway. In the absence of the appropriate praise for success estrues, this makes matters even worse. If one or both parents themselves suffer from anxiety disorders, low self-confidence, low self-esteem and/or are depressed, the child copies that behavior also from the parents and the risk of becoming ill with it itself increases enormously.

  • Biological cause: A congenital metabolic disorder in the brain can cause depression, as well as thyroid dysfunction or allergies to certain foods, which in today’s age, for example, are strongly dependent on the natural, original foods in order to be easier to process on an industrial scale.
  • Even without a corresponding allergy, a general intake of, for example, too much white flour and refined sugar can confuse the body and brain chemistry. A balanced diet with sufficient physical activity can perform miracles or at least have a supportive effect. Medications can be a remedy for compensating for congenital depression-promoting brain chemistry, but they do not have to, and only work as a single solution if depression is not subject to another cause, because in such a case are due to the other causes drugs alone are not able to cure the depression. An additional or pure conversation therapy or a stay in a specialist linik can help with this. In general, however, even in the case of congenital chemical disorder, one should simply look for a living environment corresponding to one’s own personality in the long term, rather than necessarily bowing to society due to external pressure and only another functioning one. to be a cog. But this is only marginal.

  • Philosophical reasons such as sensory crises, which question one’s own existence and can lead to large amounts of confronting for one’s own mental defense strategies, through depression to suicide.
  • General conditions of exhaustion due to overwork such as too much unhealthy stress at work due to too much overtime or basically too much work and not enough recovery phases (“burnout”)
  • Presumably there are other reasons that I will be happy to add in the future.In addition, not only must there be a cause, but also a combination of the above possible causes can cause depression. To speak of depression as a “disease” is, in my case, only reasonable for biological reasons. In the other cases, I would simply call it a life crisis, as the treatment approach is much more concerned with mental rather than physical causes. But that is only my opinion and probably a matter of definition.

    TL/DR: Depression is a mental state of exhaustion, but its causes can be manifold and which, in case of doubt, should be discussed with an appropriately trained person in order to take possible follow-up steps.

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