What Causes Depression
The causes of depression can be hard to define. The factors contributing to the start of depression is many more than just one in most people, it is almost unrealistic to tell exactly what caused the depression in a person. Depression is not an ordinary illness, which are caused by viruses and bacteria. There are many factors which appear to contribute to depression, and possibly a group of factors that are responsible for causing depression when they come together in a specific way. There are a lot of people who have a genetic predisposition to depression, but even this in itself does not necessarily mean somebody will become depressed; other factors must be present at the same time.
Genetics and Depression
Various substances in our brains have the job of regulating our mood and emotional state; these chemicals are known as neurotransmitters and include serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. People who have lower levels of these chemicals are predisposed to certain kinds of depression. Biologically or genetically based, depressive symptoms are the result of depleted levels of neurotransmitters. A person who is genetically prone to depression may experience a rapid downward spiral when outside events trigger a low mood. When neurotransmitters levels drop, behavior and thought patterns are affected. This can also happen in the opposite direction, that is, depressive behaviors and negative thoughts may decrease levels of neurotransmitters. In [...] Continue Reading…
The overall effects of the Great Depression were felt on a global scale. All of the various countries ended up with problems due to not enough demand for their products. Only essential items such as food were being imported and exported. Consumers didn’t have the money to buy many of the other things that they used to. The prices for these commodities weren’t getting what they used to so it was hard to make any profit at all.
Unemployment rates were soaring as businesses and factories all over had to shut their doors. With no one to buy their products there was very little reason for people to stay on. At first many of them just cut down their hours and then the number of employees. As things progressed though the businesses had to shut their doors all together. There wasn’t the access to credit that there once was. The government wasn’t able to help these businesses to meet their debts and so everyone was left out in the cold.
As a result of no money, many families found themselves living on the streets in poverty. Some parents choose to give their children to people that could care for them, and often the entire family was broken up. People died from hunger and illness while others seems to just give up on their desire to live.
People also lost a great deal of faith in their government. They had always expected they would take care of them. Now there weren’t any programs in place to assist them. There just weren’t enough shelters or food banks to offer the vast amount of supplies people needed. Everyone was on their own and it was a very difficult type of life to try to live.
Not all of the effects of the Great Depression were negative though. Many people learned some valuable things about managing their money and doing the best they could with what they had. Children from the depression grew up to be very imaginative and inventive. They also appreciated the things that they had access to in their life because they never forgot just how little they once had.
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In order to get a very accurate understanding of what took place in regards to the Great Depression you need to start at the very beginning. This period of time began in 1929 and lasted into 1941. There are many significant things that occurred during that span of time. In 1927 and 1928 there were economic problems developing, yet it was the stock market crash of 1929 that resulted in the start of the Great Depression in the eyes of most people.
By 1931 an estimated five million people in the United States alone had lost their jobs. At the same time many banks were closing their doors due to people not being able to repay the money that they owed. Families and businesses weren’t able to walk into the remaining banks and take out loans to get themselves by. As a result many businesses had to close their doors as well.
To add insult to injury, in 1932 taxes increased at an unbelievable rate. The more than doubled in many areas, taking more of the money that people did have access to. This lead to the common practice of people working under the table so they didn’t have to report that income and pay taxes on it. Bartering became very popular too so that people could get all the things they needed without paying taxes when they purchased it as well.
In 1934 there were some efforts by the government but they were too few and with not enough funding. They pertained to gold, crops, imports, and also wages. Yet the people had taken things into their own hands by this point. They were in survival mode and willing to do what they needed to in order to get by.
With the start of World War II in 1941, the Great Depression seemed to be coming to an end. Many of the men were off to fight in the battle and that meant their basic needs were taken care of. You also had women who were filling the jobs that the men were leaving behind. Many old factories opened up again by the government in order to make various types of supplies that were used for the war.
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Many of us have heard first hand accounts about the great depression from our parents and grandparents. These stories often come about when children want something they feel they should be able to have. Many people that suffered through the Great Depression feel people today don’t appreciate all that they have. There were some world wide effects caused by this event though.
There were signs of economic trouble in many countries including the United States in 1928. The big fall came in October of 1929 when the stock market came crashing down. This date is often referred to as Black Tuesday. The trickle down effect of the money not coming in affected everyone. Companies closed down production as people weren’t able to buy their goods. Stores had to shut their doors locally as well. People all over were out of work and barely able to keep food on the table.
Farmers struggled to make ends meet even though they were still growing crops. They were only about to sell them though for less than what they were used to. As a result many of them lost their land. Those that kept it farmed less land as they couldn’t afford to continue getting the supplies. In many instances they choose only to grow enough to feed their own families for survival.
The effects of the Great Depression continued to become more desperate. It didn’t seem like the world would ever be able to rebound from it. Ironically, it was the amount of jobs created by the emergence of World War II that helped people to get back on their feet. While war is seldom considered to be good economically, this was one time when it was. People were able to have money again and they started to buy things like they once did.
For many that lived though the era of the Great Depression though they never forgot the impact. They continued to put money away and to expect such a fall to occur again. Many of them saved their money in jars or under bed mattresses. They didn’t want to trust the banks and then not be able to get their money if things in the economy didn’t survive once again.
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In this day and age, hopelessness is rampant. There are many valid reasons why people are losing hope in the world today. Even when the reasons are valid, it is important not to give up hope. Hopelessness is a burden that weighs you down and prevents you from being able to do your best and enjoy your life. If you give in to hopelessness, you will only spiral down further into a quagmire of depression.
Tip: Avoid sugars whenever you are feeling depressed. Sugar rushes into the bloodstream quickly – especially when compared with the complex carbohydrates found in whole grains and other unprocessed choices.
Modern psychologists believe that hopelessness is triggered by a loss of satisfaction of basic needs. These needs are survival, accomplishment and attachment. When the things and circumstances you need to be able to sustain these three qualities are compromised, you are very likely to feel hopeless.
Tip: Get some sun every singe day. There is scientific data that suggests that insufficient sunlight can significantly worsen depression.
Hopelessness comes in several forms that can affect a person individually or in combination. Each type of hopelessness requires a different type of approach in treatment. In this article, we will discuss the types of hopelessness people experience and present some ideas for coping with hopelessness.
Tip: There are depression support groups available in cities all over the country and in online forums. Finding others who understand what you are going through can really help, just through general conversation or sharing solutions to the problems posed by depression.
The need for attachment is very strong, but in the modern world many people feel isolated and alienated. Alienation causes sufferers to feel different from others, and this makes them feel rootless and helpless. When a person feels unloved, unsupported, uncared for and undervalued, alienation based hopelessness is bound to ensue.
Tip: Go see a professional regardless of how bad your condition is. This person can help you correctly diagnose the problem so that it can be determined whether any medication will be needed.
People who are stuck in unsatisfying circumstances due to lack of opportunities or resources may feel completely uninspired and powerless to make positive changes. This is because they cannot successfully attain a feeling of mastery due to their circumstances. Furthermore, this type of situation may cause problems with meeting attachment needs because of a lack of strong, positive mentors and other supportive people available.
Tip: Beautiful fresh flowers, cut from your garden or purchased from the store, can be very effective in lightening your mood. Flowers have evolved in such a way that the colors and smells associated with them have come to please various species, including humans.
Members of groups that are considered second class citizens may feel oppressed, limited and hopeless because of being held outside of mainstream society and prevented from attaining their full potential. This can also be true of people who are imprisoned or held against their will in captive or abusive situations. All of these forms of hopelessness affect a personís ability to maintain feelings of mastery, attachment to supportive others and a sense of the ability to safely survive.
Tip: It is important that you take your depression medication daily, around the same time, you should aim for a spot in the morning. This will turn taking your medication into habit and you will be less likely to forget to swallow your pills.
People who are seriously ill or who feel unsafe in the world may experience feelings of doom and helplessness. Their ability to successfully survive and form meaningful attachments are compromised due to fear for health, life and/or safety.
Tip: Be sure to not let your diet suffer if you are depressed. A lot of the time when people are depressed they tend not to eat, usually because their sadness overtakes them.
It is important to remember that feelings of hopelessness often really are in your head. When you feel hopeless, you feel like spending more time alone, it is important to make it a point to seek out the company of others and find someone to talk with and share your thoughts and feelings. If your need for attachment is met, you will have an easier time coping if your other needs are threatened.
Additionally, having the opportunity to discuss your fears and perceptions will help you to put them in perspective. Often feelings of hopelessness arise from over-generalizing and amplifying very small events and actions on the parts of others or even ourselves. Seeking feedback and a new perspective from others can help you pull yourself out of the spiral of hopelessness.
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Dealing with depression is more than just having the ability to handle the blues. When left untreated, it can be an instant killer, especially among the younger generation. Many individuals often suffer with the side effects for years, because they simply want to avoid dealing with heavy prescription medications. However, there are significant avenues that are more natural, to maintain better health while fighting off the signs of depression.
The First Steps
Tip: Go outside and soak in some sun each day. Avoiding sunlight could increase the symptoms of depression.
It is important to consume enough vegetables and fruits every day. This will help increase the level of iron, which is often low in individuals that suffer from depression. Often times, low iron content can play significant havoc on the thyroid, which can tend to increase the symptoms and signs of depression. Overall, nutrition plays a key role in how the body functions and uses its energy levels. At times when something just does not feel right inside the body, an individual can easily reflect that by their mood. It is imperative to pay special attention to the type of food that is consumed every day.
St. Johnís Wort
Tip: Mediation helps you deal with depression and the associated symptoms. There are many benefits to meditation and they have been well documented to improve moods.
Many individuals have received positive benefits by taking St. Johnís Wort. This natural herb is known to fight off many of the signs of depression. It is imperative to consume the minimum of 900 mg each day to see any types of desirable results. This essential supplement does not have any known side effects. It should be taken as part of an exercise and diet regimen to serve as a healthy and natural remedy for staving off depression.
Tip: Focusing on yesterday is the worst thing to do when you suffer with depression, but the best thing to do is to look to the future. Every cloud has its silver lining, they say.
Routine daily exercise is specifically beneficial to warding off depression. This is because it can increase the level of serotonin produced in the brain. Serotonin is a natural chemical the body that is known to enhance an individualís mood. Many doctors use prescription medications as a non-natural way to increase levels of serotonin. However, routine exercise can do this in a more natural way.
Tip: Take your anti-depressants on a consistent schedule, ideally each morning. By coming up with a pattern and sticking to it, you should not have problem remembering to take your medicine.
It is best to attempt to expand the number of family and friends you associate with each day. Getting closer to the family, joining the gym or club, and meeting new people are critical to warding off many of the symptoms and signs of depression. They can easily help raise spirits, and boost self-esteem.
Tip: Try to understand your depression. Depression affects both your physical and psychological selves.
Getting involved in the community is a simple way to minimize your own feelings of depression by seeing how others handle their daily issues. Volunteering provides the process where it is easy to take the focus off of yourself, and place it on a more worthwhile adventure. Becoming involved helps to improve self-esteem, and generates a better awareness of self.
Depression is not just an internal condition that can be caused by biological factors. It can be controlled by outside forces, including keeping a journal, where you keep track of how you feel versus what you eat and what you do. Through meditation, changing diet, becoming more active, and volunteering your time, you can produce a better sound mind, and remove many of the signs and symptoms that surround depression.
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I am one of those individuals that took heavy anti-depression medications for years, with little to no results. For me, my depression has been a debilitating condition that caused me to do nothing, and experience virtually no life at all. After spending years of following the doctorís advice, I finally took the problem into my own hands, and change my life for the better. This is how I have won my battle over my depression.
Tip: Do not let your depression control your social life by keeping up with normal social outings and activities. Depression may cause you to want to avoid these activities.
For well over a decade, I suffered with ongoing depression. There were times when it was worse than others, but it was always there. I felt the sensation inside me of total emptiness, and being all alone. The helplessness I felt was intense, and it appeared as though nothing I would ever do could ever make myself feel better again.
Tip: Do not let yourself get lost in a cloud of depression symptoms. Focusing on negative thoughts will have the same effect.
It began when I was a child, and my parents took me to the doctor to find out what was wrong. The doctor said I had clinical depression, and immediately put me on anti-depression medications. The outcome was not good. I felt more depressed than ever before, and desperately wanted to stop taking the medication altogether.
Tip: Find a hobby to keep you focused on something other than your negative feelings. Not having sufficient hobbies or not doing enough can cause depression.
I began researching online of alternative methods of curing depression and found that I could take positive steps to alter my behavior and how my body responded to the environment, and the foods I consumed. Living at home with family, it was challenging to change my diet, but I started becoming extremely picky on whatever I put in my mouth.
Tip: Look for a support network wherever you are able. Other people, particularly those who have staved off their own depression, are particularly useful at offering advice as you combat depression.
I started exercising every day without fail. I first began walking just a couple of miles, and found it to be quite challenging. Over time I was walking 6 miles a day, and was losing a lot of weight. I was soon light enough that I could start jogging, without damaging my joints. Becoming slimmer, I was feeling better about myself and certainly less depressed.
Tip: Call upon a friend or relative to either talk to over the phone, or better still, visit with in person and just find something to do together. Social interaction can help alleviate your symptoms of depression.
Because I was thinner, feeling better and certainly had more energy, I was attracting more people to my social circle. I was gathering new friends that wanted to hang out around me because I was happy all the time. I recognized that it had been a long time since I was feeling depressed, and would only slip back into that sensation when someone would say some offhanded remark, or try to make me feel bad about myself.
Tip: With depression you should live in the future, and keep the past in the past. Hope fosters life, and those who look to their futures often find hope.
I recognize that their ill words, directed as a knife to my heart, were simply their own reaction of their low self-esteem. I created a shield around myself that protected me from the further impact of their harsh words and ill feelings. In time, I was able to completely circumvent the outside forces and my inner feelings that had caused me to produce my own levels of depression.
I am now in a state of mind where my depression no longer exists. There are still times that I feel bad, but I do not feel depressed. I realize that I have control over my actions and feelings, and certainly the thoughts that I produce in my head. My battle with my depression is finally over and I am living a happier and healthier life.
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