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October 06 2011

Depression: Shedding Light On The Darkness

Category:  Health

It’s not news that depression has become a kind of invisible epidemic, afflicting millions of people. We live at a time when depression is approached as a disease. That has a good side. Depressed people are not judged against as weak or self-indulgent, as if they only need to try harder to lift themselves out of their sadness. Yet depression, for all the publicity surrounding it, remains mysterious, and those who suffer from it tend to hide their condition – the medical model hasn’t removed a sense of shame. When you’re in the throes of depression, it’s hard to escape the feeling that you are a failure and that the future is hopeless.


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Before considering how to handle depression, let’s ask the most basic question: Are you depressed? The bad side of the medical model arises when people rush to be medicated because they don’t like how they feel. Doctors barely bother to get a correct diagnosis, because the easiest thing to do –and the thing that patients demand – is to write a prescription.


Let’s see if we can get beyond this knee-jerk reaction.

Becoming sad or blue isn’t a sure sign of depression. Life brings difficulties that we respond to with a wide range of normal emotions: sadness, anxiety, resignation, grief, defeated acceptance, helplessness. Moods are cyclical, and if these feelings are your response to a tough event, they will subside on their own in time. If they linger, however, and there seems to be no definite cause or trigger, such as losing your job or the death of a loved one, depression is accepted as the conventional diagnosis.

Depression isn’t one disorder, and even though an array of antidepressants have been thrown at the problem, the basic cause for depression remains unknown. For a diagnosis of major depression, which is more serious than mild to moderate depression, at least five of the following symptoms must be present during the same 2-week period.
  • Depressed mood (feeling sad or empty; being tearful)
  • Markedly diminished interest or pleasure in all, or almost all, activities
  • Significant weight loss when not dieting, or weight gain, or decrease or increase in appetite
  • Insomnia or hypersomnia (sleeping too little or too much)
  • Slowing of thoughts and physical movements
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt
  • Diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness
  • Recurrent thoughts of death (not just fear of dying), recurrent suicidal ideation without a specific plan, or a suicide attempt or specific plan for committing suicide

If you can count five or more of these as being present, know that your list must contain “depressed mood” or “diminished interest or pleasure” before you’d be considered medically depressed. We’ve come to recognize different kinds of depression that fit certain circumstances:

Dysthymia is mild, chronic depression. It must present for at least 2 years for a diagnosis of dysthymia.

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that generally arises as the days grow shorter in the autumn and winter.

Postpartum depression begins after a woman has given birth and may get worse as time goes on.

Even though no one knows exactly what causes depression, it is clearly a state of internal imbalance. Balance is essential for the healthy functioning of both your body and your mind. The upsetting factors that make it more likely you will get depression form a long list: genetic predisposition, being female, death or loss of loved one, major life events (even happy ones, like a graduation), other mental illnesses, substance abuse, childhood trauma, certain medications, serious illness, and personal problems such as financial troubles. What these things have in common is that they disrupt the normal balancing mechanisms of mind and body. A treatment that aims at restoring balance therefore makes the most sense, and you can participate in these>


Rebalancing yourself forms its own long list of things you can do:

  • Be aware that you are depressed and seek help.
  • Treat your body well, including exercise.
  • Reduce stress.
  • Get enough sleep meaning a minimum of 8 hours a night.
  • Address situations that would make anyone sad, such as the wrong job, a bad relationship, normal grief, and serious loss. Don’t passively wait for time to heal your wounds.
  • Regain a sense of control.
  • Claim your sense of self – depressed women in particular may show a pattern of giving away too much of themselves in a relationship, leading to a sense of weakness and low self-esteem.
  • Examine your reactions to difficult situations. You will often find that reacting with helplessness, passivity, retreating inside, and turning passive lie at the root of your depressed state.
  • Spend time with people who give you a reason to feel alive and vibrant. Avoid people who share your negative responses and attitudes. Depression in some sense is contagious.
  • Rely to a minimum on antidepressants and apply your main efforts to other therapies. Pills should be as short-term as possible. They work best in removing the top layer of sadness so that you have a clear space to address the real underlying issues.
  • Talk about your problems and share your feelings with those who can listen with empathy and offer positive steps.
  • Make friends with someone who has recovered from depression or is handling the condition well.
  • Find a wise person who can help you to undo your most negative beliefs by showing you that life has other, better possibilities.

Because everything on this list requires a choice, bringing yourself back into balance means that you are aware enough to make decisions and have the ability to put them into practice. Quite often depressed people feel too helpless and hopeless to face the right choices, in which case outside help is needed, meaning a therapist or counselor who specializes in depression.


Here’s a general picture of how to make a plan for your own healing.

Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, works as well as medication for many people. It may be used alone or in combination with other forms of treatment. Studies have shown that psychotherapy can cause changes in brain function similar to those produced by medications. Focused, goal-oriented forms of therapy such as cognitive-behavior therapy appear to be the most effective in treating depression.

Diet may play a part in protecting against depression. Mediterranean countries have low rates of depression compared to countries farther to the north—and it isn’t just because they get more sunlight or have a more relaxed way of life. One large-scale study tracked almost 3,500 people living in London for 5 years and found that those who ate a Mediterranean diet were 30% less likely to develop depression. Researchers speculate that the foods in the Mediterranean diet may act synergistically together. Olive oil, nuts, and fatty fish are rich in omega-3 and other unsaturated fatty acids, and fresh fruits and vegetables contain flavonoids and phytochemicals that are full of antioxidants and folates (B vitamins).

Aerobic exercise is a very effective for depression. It’s been shown that moderate aerobic exercise done just 30 minutes a day, three times a week, can reduce or eliminate symptoms of mild-to-moderate depression and can help with severe depression.

It’s well known that exercise stimulates the release of endorphins, the “feel-good” chemicals (which function as neurotransmitters). Less well known is the startling effect of exercise on the structure of your brain. Exercise stimulates the creation of new nerve cells in the hippocampus, your brain’s center of learning and memory, so that it actually increases in size. This is especially relevant because depression, unless countered with effective therapy, causes the hippocampus to shrink in size. Exercise has also been shown to raise levels of serotonin and norepinephrine and to multiply the number of dendrite connections in neurons.

Yoga has been shown to lessen stress and anxiety and promote feelings of well-being. Communication between your body and your mind is a two-way street. Certain yogic practices can signal the brain that it’s all right to relax and prompt the parasympathetic nervous system to initiate the relaxation response. For instance, slow, deep, conscious breathing is also a vital element of yogic practice. This form of breathing is very effective in prompting the relaxation response to counter elevated levels of stress hormones. Someone with depression might be advised to practice “heart-opening” postures that elongate their thoracic spine. They may be told to stand with their shoulder blades drawn together so that their lungs are lifted and they are able to breathe more freely. An important component of yoga is paying close attention to what’s going on in the body at all times and locating and releasing any areas of tension. Yoga should ideally be practiced with the guidance of an experienced teacher.

Meditation can be a useful treatment for both stress and mild-to-moderate depression. Numerous studies have examined the effects of mindfulness meditation, designed to focus the meditator’s attention on the present moment. One study measured electrical activity in the brain found increased activity in the left frontal lobe during mindfulness meditation. Activity in this area of the brain is associated with lower anxiety and a more positive emotional state. Subsequently, the researchers tested both a group that hadn’t meditated as well as the meditators for immune function. They did this by measuring the level of antibodies they produced in response to a flu vaccine. The meditators had a significantly greater reaction, which indicates they had better immune function.

I know that the easiest solution is to pop a pill, and in this country powerful forces back up the promise that drugs are the answer. Keep in mind that antidepressants only alleviate symptoms, and that in the long run couch therapy has proven just as effective in changing the brain responses associated with depression. The real goal should be to rebalance your life, gain control over the disorder, understand who you are, and elevate your vision of possibilities for yourself. All of that is harder than opening a pill bottle, but every positive choice leads to real healing and a much better life in the future.

Top comments

  • Realizing that i am depressed doesn’t help, I think I have always been well on and off from 1990, attempted suicide in 2007, saved, I thought maybe I drunk too much and now I am on my 3rd year of sobriety with the help of AA and but why i do need this sobriety or this Life if I cant enjoy it at all. I know I have two kids and I am a single mum, that keeps me going, but in truth they are better off without me, I cannot kills myself for their sake, I wished it was an accident and I did have one in August, pretty severe one, where the photo of the state of my car was in local paper and I am still alive, is God or Shaitan playing joke with me – I wish I was losing weight, no I am getting fatter and fatter, I am naturally ugly anyway, I cant taste the food, I am not happy or never get excited about good news, but worse of all I dont get angry or upset either, I am a BIG ZERO. I dont even know why am I writing this, I suppose there were moments of hope when I listened Deepak, whre it is now? blah blah blah fucking blah Mariam again wallowing in misery, go to sleep it is 1:18 am. I wish I could ;-(

    Mariam // 2011-10-12 07:03:50 // //
  • I was so deeply lost in depression for my entire life until I was able to stabilize on medical cannabis. The depression still "visits", like with the lingering darkness of Portland, from recurring abuse, or unresolved issues you can`t resolve on your own. It`s hard for anyone to hold onto hope when they keep seeing destruction and getting hit. The cannabis is what allows me to see things as half full rather than half empty for the most part on most days. It literally addresses every single symptom of depression. In 2000 my son`s dad left me for a stripper and we were alone in this state with what I think of as negative support. Less than no support. My mother has some transference syndrome issue with me and/or simply never liked me so she`s never spoken to my 15 year old son. He was diagnosed with PTSD at age 6 and has been caught up in the "special needs" category for his entire duration in public school which has been less than fun. I weighed barely under lbs in 2000. In 2008 I was 5ft tall weighing 172 lbs (clinically obese.) I`d been on and off pharmaceuticas for years--never having comfortable results. It always seemed like a ball in left field. I always knew the cannabis helped me tremendously but it conflicted with reality. I was a single mother of a young child and it wasn`t just illegal-I couldn`t afford it anyway which the same reason my son`s dad was willing to risk being a dealer. When I DIDd get my hands on it there was guilt and inconsistency. There should not have been. So I continued to beat the crap out of myself for years and years and often turned to alcohol for anxiety when there was no way to realistically function on any of the SSRI`s, anti-psychotics or anti-anxiety meds. I`ve only had my card for 18 months and it has been no less than miraculous and life-changing. My brain has been reprogramming and I have literally felt it happening. I just finished the associates program I started years ago and recall as it`s reflected on my trascripts how I withdrew and failed during other terms when I just couldn`t fight everything. I know the article isn`t about using any kind of drug to rise out of depression but I carried it for over 25 years and it is DEATH--pure DEATH and I had the same Total Yoga VHS tape in a stack untouched for TEN YEARS and FINALLY after having had nearly a year stable using the cannabis I became ABLE to do ALL of those things stated above--yoga, aerobic excercise, meditation... when before I knew they existed as a solution but absolutely keep getting pulled down. I know this isn`t the intended direction but the suffering is like a lifetime of your nose and mouth being just above the surface of the water and the waves keep coming back. I GET the arguments this leads to but this is about SURVIVAL. I`m not sure how many more decades a person should be expected to suffer through when they can barely hold on before it`s clear that the chemicals in cannabis can literally save lives. All we need to do is work on safer administration such as vaporizing. The argument of addiction doesn`t seem applicable if the medicine is safe and effective. Some people have suffered too dramatically to erase feelings and images with a lifetime of therapy. Acceptance of some of those painful issues can`t always take away all of the pain. There is a teeter-totter effect there. If we only had nine lives. Miriam sounds like who I have been for the last 25 years--I identify with all of it--especially the part when you know you CAN`T kill your children`s parent and leave them alone to feel the anguish--so instead you continue to suffer RIGHT in front of them. Even though the cannabis doesn`t take the issues away, the pain and darkness is so deeply scary that I simply KNOW I need it for survival. I saw myself dying. I`m a kid again with a future. I`m not on a soapbox--it visits, depression visits now that I got my body and my mind back in shape all the skin is hanging off and I only feel like a kid on the inside. I agree with everything the Chupacabra said I`m just saying that often times for people like me, and it sounds like Miriam also---we just CAN`T get far enough through it to help ourselves on a deep enough level. It goes in circles and when we seem to make excuses they are real for us. I`ve attended therapy in 6 states for 20 years but the anguish is a relentless thing I call "The Nothing", like from The Neverending Story. I don`t speak for everyone but this awakening has made me fall in love with myself and who I was supposed to be all those years. I replaced my dying Total Yoga tape with a DVD. I walk fast to get places and use small weights at home--I don`t recommend a regimen at all. I say pick up small weights for small sets throughout the day and you`re not set up to fail. Use TV or radio time for super small goals. The exercise trampolines aren`t too expensive and they can bring out the kid in you. A hula-hoop is another one that can seem more like fun and games than excercise. Find a dresser or sofa to put your feet under for sit-ups but don`t ever worry about increasing your goal. Let yourself lose count and praise yourself for doing any at all. These are at-home suggestions for people who barely feel like they can do anything or face anyone. I literally have small weights by the couch and my bed for when I`m watching tv in the evening. Remembering to turn on some music can be the first step to inspiring you to pick up the weights but make sure to find music you actually like. I`ve been fighting through "injury" to come back. I`ve traded pains, to a degree. Depression is somewhat like an injury itself. It is a mental, emotional, and physical illness. It leaves no room for enrichment. Our children NEED us alive! They deserve to see us happy. I worry that someone in AA will refer to Miriam as a "dry drunk." This is a typical mistake.

    BeanFry // 2011-11-10 01:27:37 // //

 

 

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  • Watching videos like those above is a perfect example of the ignorance and the God Complex found in the medical community. These people say that depression is completely treatable. If this is the case they should begin administering their secret treatment. I spent tens of thousands of dollars over twenty years treating my depression only to feel worse than when I started. Today I have suicidal thoughts and my life has become unproductive. I`m unable to work, unable to do things I once enjoyed, and unable to support any type of relationship. I had all these are things prior to starting depression treatment 20 years ago and now they`re gone. Reasons to continue living fades with each passing day. As for the drugs, I can tell you that for me the side effects were as bad as the depression. For years they created multiple health problems making life as difficult as the depression itself. The positive effects of the drugs were always short lived. Maybe a few months at best and then the swings in mood would return. Side effects from treatment with multiple antidepressants where even worse. For me years of talk therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy were extremely expensive and pretty much useless. There are 33,000 suicides each year in the US alone and 30% of those happen less than 2 weeks after the individual receiving treatment visits their doctor. If medical treatment works so well then why is this? Why do these people loose all hope while receiving effective medical treatment? Leading everyone to believe that depression is completely treatable creates problems between the patient and those close to them, like family and friends, who may wonder why the patient doesn`t want to get better when in reality the patient is treatment resistant. The medical profession needs to get real and stop creating fantasy treatment protocols for depression.

    Medical Practice Malfunction // 2013-08-07 19:52:50 // //
  • Stress and depression are becoming worse these days due to the environment that have created this so very one should get Depression recovery and help tips for reducing them.

    geomark // 2013-02-13 03:03:59 // //
  • Now a days stress and depression very common factor. So everyone should know depression recovery technique to over come this.

    geomark // 2013-01-29 06:23:09 // //
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    Bea07 // 2012-12-17 22:33:46 // //
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    davidcotton1 // 2012-11-27 04:36:10 // //
  • I know and strongly believe it all begins with thought. If one is exposed to repetitive state of mind/experiences thus creates the habitual mind and is at risk of anything.........hence disease it`s self. It all begins with thought. Sadly enough not all society is exposed and is aware of how to control ones` mind or thoughts or take control in life. For the first two years of my marriage I was opposed to the life to say in a summation. Having moved from Canada to Italy and not having been able to shed a past. In conjunction of the change in world/life/normal marital problems it turned out that given my personality traits, thoughout the life, overall did not serve. My obstinence/dislike in acceptance of change. I experienced a depressed state for 9 months and no medication worked as I`d react to it. It was the love of my husband that initially kept me out of a psyche ward at Christmas in the first year of marriage. In the second year of marriage or rather upon the second year, my mind set was still not serving. Simply I was not happy in the marriage at one point and overall give the aforementioned, conjunction of all changes and my personality I developed psychosympatic symptoms the like of a heart attack. It got to the point I was admitted into a private clinic due to my eating. Lack of eating. Bottom line was I WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR EVERYTHING. Everything developed to that date. It all began with thought. I was not depressed and was not happy with the life. I knew myself in such a way at that point upon admission that fact and point was not depressed and why/how I arrived at that point and saved my body from chemicals and only needed ripose for 3 weeks. When I exited I exited a new/changed person for I learned about me. Psyche cored me. Since my life totally changed and was able to function again. I have my faith and my fortitude to thank. Souly faith for standing by me. I was given a second chance at life. Am not being opositional in any way yet there is a root to everything and medical society today does not have the time to delve and some are not AWARE in order to dertermine/see the root of what ails people.......it all begins in the mind/it all begins with thought.

    Stefani Pulina // 2012-08-05 18:00:10 // //
  • Everyone had different concern about what will happen and doing so many different things from just learned what weeds you can eat and making a plan whether big with big solid house with years of food to just working out so she could walk to some place out of the city...I think Deepoks words I heard him talk about on Oprah about staying in the NOW help me a lot to not worry about things that are really out of my control and while we can always be prepared, we really can`t control the future.

    Marcella Respini // 2012-05-06 02:59:58 // //
  • There is a new TV show I saw on National Geographic for first time called Doomsday Preppers. They don`t seem depressed maybe because they feel like they are doing something they are hoping will save themselves. I think we get depressed when we feel powerless.

    Marcella Respini // 2012-05-06 02:55:20 // //
  • Society today is looking for the "quick fix" The most profound "fix" we can make as a society is to REDUCE THE STIGMA, educate yourself about the signs and symptoms of depression. Show UP with love, kindness and compassion - Listen with full attention and intention to support unconditionally. ASK how you can help another. In 2004, I was hospitalized with major depression, anxiety and on Oct 31, 2004 I made three attempts on my life. Depression is NOT a weakness of character, nor is it something we should fear. It is a diagnosable and treatable disorder that impacts over 121 million people across the world. Each person, will find what what works for them. The reality is, I take anti-depressants, and I may or may not for the rest of my life. I also use a integrative approach including and definitely not limited to: meditation, therapeutic journalling, visualization, yoga, massage, reikki - it is not just one thing. I will not allow people to judge me because I choose to take an anti-depressant - nor will I advocate for or against it - it is the right of each individual to find what works for them. This is an amazing article, filled with many tools! Try them all, some will work - some won`t! And that`s okay. You are not alone. You are loved. Hugs & Love Lee xoxox

    SimpLee Serene // 2012-05-06 01:12:59 // //
  • You failed to mention that depression can be the result of inadequate nutrients in our diets.While all the points you make regarding yoga,self talk ect.are valid,studies have shown a direct link between nutrition and depression. For example,many people are vitamin D deficient and magnesium deficient.Both these deficiencies can lead to depression.All the yoga in the world aint going to make a ioda of a difference.I believe people really need to be educated when it comes to the nutrients required for optimal health.

    freddyfarmhand // 2012-05-05 21:28:43 // //
  • well put Patricia Pirates.

    Artist Marko // 2012-05-05 20:36:48 // //
  • No I really do not believe that there are worried about the end of the world because most of us are smart enough to know that if it does happen there is nothing you can do about it. However too many are to depressed and pissed about where there next pay check will be coming from since most of us are un-employed for one reason or another and this alone is good enough reason to be depressed and upset

    Patrica Pira // 2012-05-05 19:17:34 // //
  • Depression is getting worse I think because too many people are worried about the supposed end of the world

    Marianne Young Crabb // 2012-05-05 13:48:15 // //
  • Thx you for this information

    Vikki Berry // 2012-05-05 12:10:10 // //
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    Vicente Mendez // 2012-05-05 11:53:31 // //
  • Legalize Marijuana...we`ll be alright :)

    Molli Schultz // 2012-05-05 11:45:47 // //
  • It`s no surprise either.x

    Lorna Ann // 2012-05-05 11:41:56 // //
  • I highly recommend the book Healing Depression The Mind Body Way by Nancy Liebler & Sandra Moss for an intelligent thorough Ayurvedic approach to depression. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0470286318/ref=aw_d_iv_books?is=l

    Anne // 2012-04-20 17:19:59 // //
  • Spend time with people who give you a reason to feel alive and vibrant. Avoid people who share your negative responses and attitudes. Can be Depression in some sense contagious ? Can you pleas explan it?

    Hanele // 2012-04-18 16:33:51 // //
  • Amino Acid supplementation helps me the most. Meditation etc are essential. Traditional anti-depressants don`t work for me. I can`t access myself and feel joyless. My brain is being re-wired. I can see it happening. Bringing up in clear view the areas where I need to put my oars in my canoe. Ask the God of my understanding to point me downstream. And give me relief/peace. May we all ride the bliss...

    sarahelkins // 2012-04-16 18:35:22 // //
  • Sometimes, Peace and quiet is what we need to put things into perspective.

    Heulwen Renshaw // 2012-04-16 07:48:55 // //
  • Apparently, we only use a fraction of our grey matter. We are much cleverer than we may think. Clever enough to be able to `see` beyond problems..and sort them out to suit, and actually enjoy our daily regime.

    Heulwen Renshaw // 2012-04-16 07:46:57 // //
  • Es una maravilla ademas de increible su perspectiva de la abundancia, nunca lo habia visto tan claramente como en este momento que estoy viendo y escuchando Como Crear Abundancia, mil gracias.

    Asuncion Gallegos // 2012-04-15 22:31:49 // //
  • Sorry, but depression goes beyond "work, work, work and no time for...." it`s much more complex than that.

    Mio Collado // 2012-04-15 21:54:00 // //
  • The reason why so many people are depressed is because they work, work, work, and have NO time for family and friends...

    Lorraine Rainey Stofa // 2012-04-15 21:42:08 // //
  • Yup. I had it.

    Jake Zhang // 2012-04-15 21:30:07 // //
  • xo

    Michelle Collette Gerant // 2012-04-14 08:03:18 // //
  • jeesh "ray" now that`s negative

    Michelle Collette Gerant // 2012-04-14 08:03:06 // //
  • When i feel depression or sad i put latin music and dance like is my last day to dance then i take a shower and read something nice ... Complet relax.... zumba is the best for sadness or depression

    Solbrise Dollier // 2012-04-14 03:42:54 // //
  • Yes, unfortunately sometimes it`s not so easy as changing one thing Though we are all entitled to our individual experiences, I feel like saying "just work out" or things of that ilk are just things that people who haven`t battled clinical depression say.

    Nikki Smorodin // 2012-04-14 03:32:12 // //
  • I only `working out` cured depression. I know several people who have been working out for years who are deeply depressed - and carrying injuries from the workouts.

    Ray Drew // 2012-04-14 03:27:59 // //
  • ... Or just working out:)

    Daniela Ghiselli // 2012-04-14 01:24:34 // //
  • Oh God Mariam needs help

    poorna // 2012-04-14 01:23:18 // //
  • the best way to eliminate it, i think is to practice yoga

    Kikin GP // 2012-04-14 00:55:36 // //
  • what if you have been depressed since you were born? my email is amethysttuqiri@aol.com.I need help..seriously.If you are a professional please contact me? I wanna be happy.I hope its not too late

    Nanettev1 // 2012-04-14 00:35:19 // //
  • Deepak, I appreciate this insightful article, but there is a bigger problem with medication than ANYONE in the medical field address or try and fix. PPL who went on SSRI`s thinking they were a temporary aid, CANNOT get off of them. Some `Dr`s will say that those who can`t get off of them, NEED them for the rest of their lives, while Thousands of ppl complain that they would LOVE to get off of their anti-depressants but that there are SUCH terrible withdrawel symptons that they can`t!!??? There`s discontinuation syndrome which makes many ppl on them feel they MUST stay on them, because they wouldnt have such terrible withdrawel if they were `ok` without them. Its a wicked circle and one that No-one really adresses. I hope you will adress this issue in your speech in Toronto on Monday night!!

    Ray // 2012-04-14 00:35:18 // //
  • Yes..so many depressed and too many taking pharmaceuticals to "get through it"....my philosophy is, "this to shall pass."

    Darla Ward Gehres // 2012-04-14 00:25:58 // //
  • As faith and spirituality have decreased in importance in the Western world, despair,obesity, divorce, violence, drug taking, and depression rates have risen. Medication is only part of the answer, and only a short term solution.

    Liliana Brdaric // 2012-04-12 09:32:36 // //
  • I could not have said it more beautiful ` then you do ` Margeri de Pina ..

    Ingrid Bonning // 2012-04-12 02:03:32 // //
  • Thank you for the posting, every one. We just had a miraculous healing of depression by working with Dr Hector Garcia from San Diego, Ca. It was done by phone, immediately the depression and other symptoms were alleviated, it was so amazing and God bless.

    Eileen // 2012-04-11 17:54:40 // //
  • The scars are like silence that runs in deep water; its best medicine is kindness.

    Margári de Pina // 2012-04-11 17:24:49 // //
  • Thank you!

    Hildegard Renner // 2012-04-11 16:51:10 // //
  • Thank you for the insight!

    Kelly Day // 2012-04-11 12:50:15 // //
  • Thanks <3

    Lene TravelSpirit // 2012-04-11 12:39:07 // //
  • thanks for posting, this is such a missunderstood disease, particularly in those that have never suffered from it or had close family memebers who suffered from it

    Karen Albrecht // 2012-04-11 12:34:47 // //
  • This is brilliant and I`ve posted on FB and retweeted.

    Susannlp // 2012-04-11 12:27:01 // //
  • Every Day of my Life...I feel so lucky and blessed because I am a zumba fitness instructor and I have so many positive people in my Zumba classes! With this wonderful ENERGY WE CAN all have better health, love and strength to have a better life. Yes!! Please take Zumba! Yoga! Pilates!Samba! Flamenco!yeahhhh!!!

    Karol Cumbia // 2012-04-11 12:22:45 // //
  • Gracias a tus consejos en los videos y audiolibros!! a pesar de las adversidades no tengo tiempo para depresiones..Thank DR Deepak Chopra Friends

    Nancy Nayiber Amaya G // 2012-04-11 12:19:17 // //
  • hello friend plz look how an combination of Ayurvedic medicine and modern medicine helped me in my mental illness, I think all mental illness are more or less same but they vary in terms of intensity and magnitude http://bpdayurveda.blogspot.in/2012/01/what-is-smritisagar-ras.html, I have given link of my symptoms and link of my improvement within the above link, I have also added a video in which I have talked about how effective ayurved herbominerals but at the same time I have raised qustion about poor quality of herbominerals in India

    Bittu Anand // 2012-04-11 12:15:07 // //
  • depression can lead to some bad things including the unthinkable suicide oh boy not good.

    Sonia Damerchie // 2012-04-11 12:09:00 // //
  • anti-depressant usage outnumbers every other medication in the country

    Robert Austin Mackie // 2012-04-11 12:04:43 // //
  • What I so would like is to give you a perspective into your own value which still lies dormant within, depression or not. I can only do this by telling the story of my experience which turned out into a creative life beyond my dreams. Am just a simple housewife, mother and grandmother. What I in my `time`(end seventies/beginning eighties of past century) have experienced as a huge relief from depressive feelings was a course of women orientating themselves on society under professional guidance of female social workers who were subsidized by public funds. I found a general invitation through my letter box addressed to every woman who might be interested. And so I signed up for this and found myself in a group of 16 people, women of all ages, from 60 to 20. We received a program with on it the most relevant topics regarding a society, like raising kids, what is healthy food, what schools are available, what are the possibilities of child care when a woman wanted to work, etc. etc. There were a few excursions to a vegetable garden, to a library and to our city hall, to orientate ourselves how we could inform ourselves better by means of books, leaflets etc. And of course by doing all this together and discussing it we were bonding. So at a certain moment we became very close and every woman was allowed to tell her life story and this was very intense but also very relieving to hear that you certainly were not the only one with depressed feelings and that compared to others it could always be worse. Through this exchange of our deepest feelings we became a very solid group of women finding strength in one another. We even were put in a circle, two women in front of one another who had to tell what they very much liked about the other one. Then move a few steps in the circle and stand in front of yet another woman and do the same. This made quite an impact on me. At the end of the course we were given a booklet in which all the many possibilities were collected on how we together could use our creativity. And so we set up a next course in which to explore our own creativity, each woman in her special way. And everyone found her special purpose or creativity in life and at the same time we had the time of our life together :)Am still so grateful that this life-changing event was given to me in my own society. Maybe this is something to set up in your own town, or ask if there are such courses?

    heartphone // 2012-01-25 11:01:18 // //
  • Thank you for posting this article Dr. Chopra. After reading it I`ve come to realize that my doctor must be right. Since no other treatments have helped me I have no choice but to go the next step and have the ECT despite my uneasy feelings about it. I will contiue the meditation and start yoga in hopes that it might help. I have fought depression for many years to the point that it has affected my every day living. I`ve been on all different types of medications over the years and nothing has helped and I`m tired of filling my body full of these toxic chemicals. For now all I can do is hope for the best and keep fighting those demons that keep telling me that I would be better off dead.

    Nancee // 2011-12-15 06:53:18 // //
  • Hello, Thank you !!!! Serious depression is like a dark overwhelming cloud. I SURVIVED IT w a super compassionate psychiatrist whom G-d Bless his soul gave me 90 min of talk therapy a week for 2and 1/2 years. Yes, he did SEVA. I owe him my life. He understood that I wanted to heal with yoga, reiki, massage, acupuncture, and very little medicine. It was hard as hell. The long road out the hard way but the surest for me. Thank G-d there are good souls out there still. Baby steps....still healing, but not bed-ridden. Every day gets better. Tincture of time.

    Hanz // 2011-12-15 00:14:22 // //
  • I can`t watch the chapters, only the first one. Thanks

    Maria // 2011-12-15 00:08:02 // //
  • COMO HACER SI LA PERSONA DEPRIMIDA NO PERMITE QUE SE HABLE DEL TEMA DE AYUDA POSIBLE PARA SU RECUPERACION...SI NO ADMITE AYUDA SICOLOGICA,Y SE APARTA DE TODO CONTACTO CON LAS PERSONAS,SEAN FAMILIARES O NO. MI PREGUNTA SI TIENE UNA CAUSA....EL DIVORCIO CAOTICO DE UN FAMILIAR.

    ELSY ESPIN PANTOJA // 2011-12-07 00:42:01 // //
  • Why doesnt anyone talk about thyroid treatment for depression??? Treating my thyroid has cut my depression in more than half. I am still working on it but i dont feel hopeless now as my body is telling me that this treatment is working. Listen to your body and treat it!!! You will be thankful, there is hope out there, eat healthy, use Westhroid, or Naturthroid medicine to treat your thyroid and treat your depression, your body and mind are all connected and your body is screaming out for vitamins, minerals, medicine ;) youll get better. Trust me, from someone who contemplated suicide since i was 13, and finally am feeling better!

    Rj // 2011-12-04 22:00:19 // //
  • Good article, but I was sad to see that it didn`t mention Qigong. My article, "Depression Curse, Qigong Saves" may be of interest to depressives: http://flowingzen.com/depression-kills-qigong-saves/

    Sifu Anthony // 2011-12-04 21:20:05 // //
  • Have you tried supplementing your diet/body with T3 thyroid hormones? I understand they are very important in treating depression. Some doctors only treat for T4, but you need T3 too.

    Jl // 2011-11-30 15:18:18 // //
  • Similar theme to what has helped me for PTSD - Meditation, Understanding/Compassionate self talk, Journaling your feelings/dreams and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I agree that medication can allow short term respite and rest, especially for sleep disturbances but is not a cure.

    BrettG // 2011-11-14 23:19:38 // //
  • Nothing new here. The plain truth is that those who have never suffered from depression will never know what it is like. To live without hope and without light. To be forever in the dark. To be a mother of children and to try and raise them in the light while living in the dark is the ultimate challenge. In and out of depression. It is like being blind in a world where everyone can see. No matter how hard you try, you will never see. There is no escape except death. This is what I look forward to.

    Sash // 2011-11-14 23:01:58 // //
  • God bless Mariam!!! i will pray that things get better for you. I`m sure there is a reason that you are still here, and maybe you just haven`t found it yet.

    anon // 2011-11-11 00:25:43 // //
  • I made paragraphs. I`m breathing in a timed and controlled manner to cope with the loss. I can`t make light of depression, but I can say that humor is a helpful component in coming out of it!

    Beanfry // 2011-11-10 01:35:30 // //
  • I was so deeply lost in depression for my entire life until I was able to stabilize on medical cannabis. The depression still "visits", like with the lingering darkness of Portland, from recurring abuse, or unresolved issues you can`t resolve on your own. It`s hard for anyone to hold onto hope when they keep seeing destruction and getting hit. The cannabis is what allows me to see things as half full rather than half empty for the most part on most days. It literally addresses every single symptom of depression. In 2000 my son`s dad left me for a stripper and we were alone in this state with what I think of as negative support. Less than no support. My mother has some transference syndrome issue with me and/or simply never liked me so she`s never spoken to my 15 year old son. He was diagnosed with PTSD at age 6 and has been caught up in the "special needs" category for his entire duration in public school which has been less than fun. I weighed barely under lbs in 2000. In 2008 I was 5ft tall weighing 172 lbs (clinically obese.) I`d been on and off pharmaceuticas for years--never having comfortable results. It always seemed like a ball in left field. I always knew the cannabis helped me tremendously but it conflicted with reality. I was a single mother of a young child and it wasn`t just illegal-I couldn`t afford it anyway which the same reason my son`s dad was willing to risk being a dealer. When I DIDd get my hands on it there was guilt and inconsistency. There should not have been. So I continued to beat the crap out of myself for years and years and often turned to alcohol for anxiety when there was no way to realistically function on any of the SSRI`s, anti-psychotics or anti-anxiety meds. I`ve only had my card for 18 months and it has been no less than miraculous and life-changing. My brain has been reprogramming and I have literally felt it happening. I just finished the associates program I started years ago and recall as it`s reflected on my trascripts how I withdrew and failed during other terms when I just couldn`t fight everything. I know the article isn`t about using any kind of drug to rise out of depression but I carried it for over 25 years and it is DEATH--pure DEATH and I had the same Total Yoga VHS tape in a stack untouched for TEN YEARS and FINALLY after having had nearly a year stable using the cannabis I became ABLE to do ALL of those things stated above--yoga, aerobic excercise, meditation... when before I knew they existed as a solution but absolutely keep getting pulled down. I know this isn`t the intended direction but the suffering is like a lifetime of your nose and mouth being just above the surface of the water and the waves keep coming back. I GET the arguments this leads to but this is about SURVIVAL. I`m not sure how many more decades a person should be expected to suffer through when they can barely hold on before it`s clear that the chemicals in cannabis can literally save lives. All we need to do is work on safer administration such as vaporizing. The argument of addiction doesn`t seem applicable if the medicine is safe and effective. Some people have suffered too dramatically to erase feelings and images with a lifetime of therapy. Acceptance of some of those painful issues can`t always take away all of the pain. There is a teeter-totter effect there. If we only had nine lives. Miriam sounds like who I have been for the last 25 years--I identify with all of it--especially the part when you know you CAN`T kill your children`s parent and leave them alone to feel the anguish--so instead you continue to suffer RIGHT in front of them. Even though the cannabis doesn`t take the issues away, the pain and darkness is so deeply scary that I simply KNOW I need it for survival. I saw myself dying. I`m a kid again with a future. I`m not on a soapbox--it visits, depression visits now that I got my body and my mind back in shape all the skin is hanging off and I only feel like a kid on the inside. I agree with everything the Chupacabra said I`m just saying that often times for people like me, and it sounds like Miriam also---we just CAN`T get far enough through it to help ourselves on a deep enough level. It goes in circles and when we seem to make excuses they are real for us. I`ve attended therapy in 6 states for 20 years but the anguish is a relentless thing I call "The Nothing", like from The Neverending Story. I don`t speak for everyone but this awakening has made me fall in love with myself and who I was supposed to be all those years. I replaced my dying Total Yoga tape with a DVD. I walk fast to get places and use small weights at home--I don`t recommend a regimen at all. I say pick up small weights for small sets throughout the day and you`re not set up to fail. Use TV or radio time for super small goals. The exercise trampolines aren`t too expensive and they can bring out the kid in you. A hula-hoop is another one that can seem more like fun and games than excercise. Find a dresser or sofa to put your feet under for sit-ups but don`t ever worry about increasing your goal. Let yourself lose count and praise yourself for doing any at all. These are at-home suggestions for people who barely feel like they can do anything or face anyone. I literally have small weights by the couch and my bed for when I`m watching tv in the evening. Remembering to turn on some music can be the first step to inspiring you to pick up the weights but make sure to find music you actually like. I`ve been fighting through "injury" to come back. I`ve traded pains, to a degree. Depression is somewhat like an injury itself. It is a mental, emotional, and physical illness. It leaves no room for enrichment. Our children NEED us alive! They deserve to see us happy. I worry that someone in AA will refer to Miriam as a "dry drunk." This is a typical mistake.

    BeanFry // 2011-11-10 01:27:37 // //
  • You didn`t mention keeping a journal as an effective tool for learning to cope with depression. There are many useful techniques that help to identify, clarify and move through the darker times of life.

    FromLoransHeart // 2011-11-10 00:59:14 // //
  • Much research on natural supplements including fish oil being effective. Also deficiencies, especially Vitamin D (which a huge % of the population has) has been linked w/depression and even psychosis. Worth seeking out natural alternatives to antidepressants since the side effects of those can actually cause more depression! (acne/insomnia, etc etc.)

    bfurgurson // 2011-11-09 23:20:00 // //
  • Realizing that i am depressed doesn’t help, I think I have always been well on and off from 1990, attempted suicide in 2007, saved, I thought maybe I drunk too much and now I am on my 3rd year of sobriety with the help of AA and but why i do need this sobriety or this Life if I cant enjoy it at all. I know I have two kids and I am a single mum, that keeps me going, but in truth they are better off without me, I cannot kills myself for their sake, I wished it was an accident and I did have one in August, pretty severe one, where the photo of the state of my car was in local paper and I am still alive, is God or Shaitan playing joke with me – I wish I was losing weight, no I am getting fatter and fatter, I am naturally ugly anyway, I cant taste the food, I am not happy or never get excited about good news, but worse of all I dont get angry or upset either, I am a BIG ZERO. I dont even know why am I writing this, I suppose there were moments of hope when I listened Deepak, whre it is now? blah blah blah fucking blah Mariam again wallowing in misery, go to sleep it is 1:18 am. I wish I could ;-(

    Mariam // 2011-10-12 07:03:50 // //