Sunday, August 1, 2010

Depression and Happiness

"I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble."
- Helen Keller 

Depression is the state in which a person thinks of nothing but pessimism and failures and then falls into a psychological condition which prevents him from facing reality as it is or forming or positive visions. So, it a mental state characterized by a pessimistic sense of inadequacy and a despondent lack of activity. Depression stems from fear: the fear of being alone, the fear of failure, the fear of being discovered by others in an improper behaviors, the fear of death, the fear of the unknown and the worst of all, the fear of the FEAR.

Depression is the most prevalent of all the emotional disorders. This may vary from feelings of slight sadness to utter misery and dejection. It brings together a variety of physical and psychological symptoms which together constitute a syndrome. Each year over 17 million American adults experience a period of clinical depression. 

Depression is the most unpleasant experience a person can endure. It is far more difficult to cope with than a physical ailment. The growing complexities of modern life and the resultant crisis, as well as mental stress and strain in day to day living, usually leads to this disorder. It also arises out of the monotony and drudgery of a daily routine, without any meaningful variation in urban life. Suicide is the major risk in extreme cases of depression. 

The best solution to the problem of the fear of death is given by: Grace Hansen He says: "Don't be afraid your life will end; be afraid that it will never begin." For fear management, you should constantly remind yourself of your good qualities and feel that you are developing them in yourself. Always stay in touch with people as Elizabeth Kubler-Ross says: "Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in this life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from."  Surround yourself with friends, with activity, with interesting tasks.  Change your routine. Don’t follow the same rut. Give yourself a change, a change of friend, a change of atmosphere, a change of activity and so on.  Whenever you feel sweating or fear, or any kind of anxiety, open the door, run to the roof, go into the garden and drink plenty of water.  Worry is the rocking chair, I will keep rocking, so try to find a solution rather than being worried or depressed. Usually, the problems are many but the solution is one. One solution can kill many problems.  So in depression, don’t use anti-depressants, but rather use lots of sleep. As Fran Lebowitz says: “I love sleep because it is both pleasant and safe to use”.

Depression always stops us and tells us that we cannot do that thing or thing so: learn that "You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face... You must do the thing which you think you cannot do." 

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