We see depression as something that appears when the Doctor diagnoses it. That’s never the case. Depression starts long before that. Get to know a bit about depression and its signals so you prevent feeling depressed again.
Do you think that if you knew why you feel depressed you’ll be able to prevent it? I think so. So let’s look into why we get depressed, how it feels in the body, and what we can do to get out of it.
According to Psychatry.org, if the way we’ve been functioning has changed for the worst for at least two weeks, we might be showing signs of depression. There are many types and intensity of depression symptoms.
Some of the depression symptoms are feeling empty. numb, no longer being interested in things once enjoyed, can’t sleep well, don’t have energy, move and speak slower, have difficulties concentrating, focusing, and decision making.
Depression is all about experiencing feelings of hopelessness and helplessness (feelings of all is lost), and emptiness and numbness (does not feel emotions at all). Depression is not about grief, sadness, guilt, or shame. We already passed through them on our downward spiral. All of these are emotions of the zero marker in the Harmony Scale.
When we are depressed we spend too much time in our thoughts, usually focused on our past, focused on negativity, doing useless activities (online browsing, watching TV, online shopping, etc.), and feeling hopeless, helpless, and worthless. Sometimes we might seek experiences in which we get hurt physically, emotionally, or mentally, by self or others to at least feel something even if it’s painful.
How depression feels in the body
A group of Finland scientists did a study to create a universal body-map of emotions. They wanted to find out if most people felt certain emotions in the same area of their bodies and in the same way.
People from different cultures were asked to mark in a computerized human body map the areas where they felt movement of energy as they were exposed to words, images, and videos that triggered emotions.
Scientists found that regardless of the subject’s culture, the areas mapped in the body shape were consistent all across—meaning people felt the same emotions in the same areas.
Take a look at the image below and find the body map of depression. It is the body map with the lowest energy activity in the body. Actually, there’s less than that. According to the color legend, depression has a drain of energy; as if energy is being sucked out of the body. No wonder we feel numb and empty when we feel depressed.
This emptiness means that when we are depressed, we hardly have any energy for activity within us. This is why it’s difficult to carry out daily tasks and take care of oneself, much less of others’, when we feel depressed.
Bodily map images courtesy of Lauri Nummenmaa, Enrico Glerean, Riitta Hari, and Jari Hietanen (2013)
Causes of depression
Although anyone can experience depression, and I strongly believe everyone has been depressed at some point in their lives, it’s more common for women because of the hormonal changes we undergo every month, and during pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, and menopause.
That said, let’s look into what other things causes us all to get depressed. This list is based on the many years I battled depression, on my observations of my students, clients, and people in general, and based on research I’ve done.
There’s no particular order to this list, although the first two are very important:
There are, of course, many more reason to fall into depression. But at least one of these reasons mentioned above can get you started into understanding what gets you depressed. As you know, I'm not a mental health practitioner, nor intend to diagnose mental illnesses. This information here is based on my experience. My main goal is to get the conversation started about mental illness and about finding healing.
Getting out of depression
The same experiences we used to escape emotional pain, sometimes we use them to get us back to feeling something again. But that’s not about healing. That’s more about masking the issue or even making it worse.
Here you’ll find a list of things you can try to get out of depression and move to the positive-feeling emotions, as shown in the Harmony Scale, so you begin to feel full of life energy again.
There are as many ways to get us out of depression as there are reasons to fall into it. Use the list above to get you started.
If you feel you need professional help, I recommend you to find a Psychologist or Therapist who includes some form of energy or emotional healing into their practice. In particular, techniques in which you don’t have to dig deep into traumatic events from your past in order to heal them. The less you remember and talk about them, the better. Fortunately, there are many techniques nowadays that can help you.
I felt plagued with a negative attitude and a sense that I was permanently in the shade. I’m normally such a bubbly, positive person, and all of a sudden I stopped feeling like myself. Anyone can be affected, despite their level of success or their place on the food chain. In fact, there is a good chance you know someone who is struggling with it since [many] adults face some form of mental illness in their lifetime. So why aren’t we talking about it?” — Kristen Bell
Whatever is the cause of your depression, make sure you don’t blame it on someone else. It is all happening within you, and only you have the power to stay in or get out of depression. It’s all in your hands. Find help if you need to, but do something for the love of Pete! ♥
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