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Depression; Do We Humans Really Need Purveyors of Doom and Gloom

Have you ever considered why so many humans love to talk about doom and gloom and the apocalypse or the end of times?

Have you ever wondered why late-night radio shows such as Coast-to-Coast AM with George Noory are so popular with over 15 million listeners in the United States alone?

Why have such people like Art Bell done so well as the purveyors of doom and gloom and convincing people that the sky is falling?

It seems as though people are always talking about dome and gloom and the end of the world.

Why are so many humans into Armageddon?

The 2005 Atlantic tropical hurricane season should be enough for people for quite a while but nevertheless, they say that that is only a start, actually they say the Sumatra Earthquake and the Indonesia Tsunami along with the 911 international terrorist attack on New York City and the Pentagon in Washington D.C. are also signs that the world is coming to an end?

 

This is the biggest bologna I have ever heard in my lifetime, however it seems to give people something to talk about and it has helped unite many religions together new membership to come into their fold. But with all these people living in fear it also seems and appears that all this stress on the human bio-system has depleted all the vitamins in the brains of all the humans and they cannot think anymore and actually believe this bolony. Do not be depressed this is not the end of the world.

 

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Creative Coping: What is Depression?

 

Depression is a serious illness, not a harmless part of life. As a psychotherapist recovering from a past experience of major clinical depression, I bring unique experiences to this dis-ease. I explain to clients how my experience is informed by academic study ("head" knowledge) and personal experience (empathy and "heart" knowledge.)

 

Technically, the words "depression" is inaccurate -- there are many forms of "depressions" (plural). Nonetheless, all types of depression are a "whole body" concern -- mood disorders impact our physiology, biochemistry, thoughts, behaviors and capacity to make clear decisions. Here's the key; there is no shame or weakness if one lives with a mental health concern. It is important (critical) to be certain that an appropriate assessment and treatment plan is established. Like any other disease, if left untreated ... it often becomes worse.

 

Depression affects thousands of people in the United States. It is always troubling, yet for some people it can be severely disabling. Depression is more than just sadness or the blues; it can impact nearly every aspect of a persons life. People who suffer from it may experience despair and worthlessness, feelings that can greatly influence both personal and professional relationships. In this handout, many of the factors which evoke depression are described, and strategies for preventing depression are explored. When a person suffers from depression, it can affect every part of his/her life, including ones physical body, behavior, thought processes, mood, ability to relate to others, and general lifestyle. Many folks report body aches, insomnia, lack of interest and difficulty with decision (including ordinary issues, such as "What do I want for dinner?").

 

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

People diagnosed with clinical depression typically have a combination of symptoms, including:

 

- Feelings of hopelessness, even when there is reason to be hopeful
- Fatigue or low energy
- Greatly reduced interest or pleasure in most regular activities
- Low self-esteem
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Excessive or inappropriate guilt
- Lessened ability to think or concentrate
- Indecisiveness
- Distorted thoughts and having an unrealistic view of life
- Weight gain or loss
- Appetite changes
- Sleeping pattern changes
- Recurrent thoughts of death
- Suicidal thoughts
- Specific plan for committing suicide
- Suicide attempt
- Feelings of restlessness or being slowed down

 

When a person suffers from depression, his/her symptoms cause significant distress or impairment in family, social, and occupational relationships, as well as other important areas of life. Such symptoms are not the result of a chronic psychotic disorder, substance abuse, a general medical condition, or bereavement. Depression may include feelings of sadness but is not the same as sadness. Depression lasts much longer and involves a loss of self-esteem, which sadness does not. People who are depressed function less productivity; people who are sad or disappointed continue to function.

 

CONCLUSION

Any form of depression is a "full-body" issue. It impacts our mind, body, spirit and emotions. If you or someone you know experiences any of these feelings or behaviors, seek assistance of a qualified mental health professional. This is a medical condition which can be treated ... and it's not a sign of weakness, failure or a valid source for shame.

 

"Creative Coping" is a series of mental wellness articles written and distributed by www.dcDiversity.com. This series is dedicated to our human capacity for resiliency, wellness and transformation. Learn about "Who Get's Depression," "Paths to Wellness," and discover how to "Create a Recovery Program" in future articles!

 

After a career in broadcast media, John Duggan, M.A., NCC, LCPC embraced a contemplative transformation and earned graduate degrees in Counseling Psychology and Theology. He taught at university, worked at mental health clinics and is now a full-time as a psychotherapist/mentor. John shares personal passion with folks seeking mind-body-spirit-emotional wellness, resiliency and integral psychology. Contact John (info_at_dcdiversity.com).

 

Cellular Memory Release: A New Modality for Depression

This article presents a new Energy Healing (EH) modality that uses Cellular Memory Release as a practical, effective treatment for depression. However, in order to understand cellular memory, it is important to first review prior developments within complementary and alternative medicine that have led to this new treatment.

 

There are many metaphors, poetic descriptions and analogies seeking to express the emotional content of a depressive experience. Perhaps one of the most vivid: "it is similar to an emotional toothache, with no hope for solace." Any form of depression is a complex disorder with a variety of causes, including genetic, chemical, physical, and sociological. It is also influenced by behavior patterns learned in the family and by cognitive distortions.

 

Energy Medicine

The International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine (2005) defines Energy Medicine as “all energetic and informational interactions resulting from self-regulation or brought about through other energy linkages to mind and body.” Energy Medicine has been recognized by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM, 2004) as one of the eight leading areas of Integrative Medicine. Recognizing that humans are capable of generating and controlling subtle, not-yet-measurable energies that seem to influence both physiological and physical mechanisms, NCCAM has defined the theory of subtle energies as putative energy fields. Examples of putative energy fields include qi in traditional Chinese medicine, ki in Japanese as Kampo system, dosha in Ayurvedic medicine, and elsewhere as parna, etheric energy and homeopathic resonance (Hintz, Yount, Kadar, Schwartz, Hammerschlat, & Lin, 2003).

 

Cellular Memory

Virtually every behavioral pattern exhibited during routine activities of daily living results from learned data, which is stored or encoded as “cellular memory.” Most of these behavioral patterns are benign, in that they do not contribute significantly to cellular destruction (i.e., disease). However, some patterns are expressed as significant reflections of traumatic-encoded cellular information. In the 1990s, McClaskey (1998) and Van der Kolk and Fisler (1995) concluded that it is imperative that the primary focus of intervention involves isolating and decoding causative traumatic cellular-memory patterns in order for therapy to have a lasting effect. More recently, studies of cellular memory have documented anecdotal non-normal experiences of organ transplant recipients. For example, the recipients developed new personality traits, food cravings and interests after having a transplant (D’Alberto, 2003; Kronemyer, 2000; Linton, 2003).

 

This new approach to release harmful cellular patterns has been termed “Bio-Energy Medicine.” Through this approach, a client’s consciousness is cleared in order to access the origination point of his/her illness. Thus, the disease is released from the consciousness at the cellular level. The following case study demonstrates how Cellular Memory Release aids in alleviating the adverse effects of depression.

 

Case Study

Shelley telephoned and said: “Ten days ago, I was in bed, barely existing in a label of life-long, treatment-resistant depression, sobbing, helpless and hopeless. Even with years of classes, therapy, medications and constant affirmations, I was still separate from myself and my truth.”

 

Upon hearing her words, desperation and helplessness were evident in her sobbing voice. She could hardly talk, and it was clear that she was at the end of her “rope.” Although she did not know it yet, this crisis would be the turning point for her to take her life back. Shelley used this new approach, Bio-Energy Medicine, to get to the root of her depression. She did not have to be hypnotized, be poked with needles, or use various rituals. Instead she simply became an observer, without emotional attachments, and consciously asked her body “What is the cause of my depression?” This led her to the core issue, which was stored in her cellular memory, and then she chose to release the traumatizing experience from her cells in order to live in the present. After the cellular release, she remarked: “I feel desire and connection within every cell of my body. After releasing the depression that was stuck in my body, I now have a new beginning. I am whole and one with myself for the first time!”

 

Published in the American Holistic Nurses Journal - Beginnings January 2006

 

Sherry Anshara is a Medical Intuitive and pioneer in the field of Bio-Energy Medicine. She is founder of the QuantumPathic Center of Consciousness in Scottsdale, Arizona and developer of QuantumPathic Methodology of Bio-Energy Medicine Courses, which she now teaches at the Center. She has also taught at the Southwest Institute of the Healing Arts. Sherry is an author (The Age of Inheritance, The Activation of the 13 Chakras), Internet radio host Conscious Healing Wednesdays live at 5:00 PM MST with Dr. Anup Kanodia (http://www.achieveradio.com), and contributing writer for various periodicals. She is currently collaborating with Anup Kanodia MD and Nancy Beauchamp BSN in a study of depression and Cellular Memory Release. http://www.quantumpathic.com sherryanshara@quantumpathic.com

 

Anup Kanodia MD is currently a Family Medicine Resident in Phoenix AZ and will be a Fellow in Complementary and Alternative Medicine at Harvard Medical School beginning in July 2006.

Transforming Your Thoughts is Key for Dealing with Depression

The Greatest Teacher that ever lived once said: “As a Man thinks in his heart so is he”. What you constantly think of a situation is quite inevitably what becomes of it; therefore it is paramount that in any and every situation our thinking should be positive.

 

If there is one fact that religion, science and psychology seem to agree on, it is that the mind is indeed the most powerful force in the world. Yoga sages have stated that whoever can control the mind is indeed a powerful human being.

 

That said, it is obvious that in coping with stress and dealing with depressive situations, one should make every step to think positively as perhaps the first weapon to combat negative challenges.

 

Friends, everything starts with a thought.

Moreover, thoughts have the innate ability of phenomenally materializing into what it is that is projected in your mind. Consequently, it will be safe to say we should all make attempts to change our mental habits to belief instead of disbelief as much as possible. This of course will be most paramount when seeking ways to overcoming depression.

 

Characterized by feelings of worthlessness, doubt, pessimism, if we allow depressive thoughts to constantly permeate our minds, they could actually gain the ability to diffuse into our speech and actions and consequently could aggravate the very situations and challenges one is facing that may be causing depressive thoughts in the first place.

 

When dealing with problems arising from depression, the famous psychologist-William James has this cryptic quote to say: “Our belief at the beginning of a doubtful undertaking or challenging situation is the one thing that insures a successful outcome at the end”

This reminds me of another powerful verse in the Bible found in Mark 4 verse 23: “If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes”.

 

Combining the gist and effect of both quotes, one can see that it is imperative to believe in and expect the best in any situation one may be going through. In so doing you will bring everything into the realm of possibility and success.

 

In no way does this mean that we should sit back and just expect things to miraculously change. It means we must change our thought processes about our situations first, perform the actions that will lead us to and keep us on the path to success at overcoming our challenges and as words, thoughts and actions have an effect on each other as factors, one is also advised to constantly speak positively about what challenges one may be facing.

 

Combining all three factors will greatly help in making sure each component (most importantly our thoughts) remains positively tuned towards overcoming our depression.

 

My friends, although it may not always be an easy journey to overcome our challenges, I would like you to remember this quote as well "Life's problems are like knives, which either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle: Grasp a difficulty or problem by the blade and it cuts; grasp it by the handle and you can use it constructively"

 

Take the quote above into consideration and keep it in mind my friend as THE reason to constantly have faith and to hope for the best when it comes to dealing with depression. It is perhaps the one thing that will ensure success at the end.

 

Foras Aje is an independent health researcher and founder of Bodyhealthsoul.com

For more information on Depression Treatment stop by his website today.

Is this Depression or am I Just Sad?

Do you know the difference between being depressed or just being sad? Most people don’t. However, this matters because perhaps the best way to avoid health complications arising from depression is to deal with it in its early stages.

 

It is normal to feel sad from time to time. Sadness is a natural reaction to something upsetting which has happened. Depression on the other hand is more extreme. It is more of an emotional or mental illness which has a lot more symptoms than sadness and can, if not treated lead to suicide.

 

One huge difference between sadness and depression is that a person experiencing feelings which they find disconcerting can reasonably tell you what it is that is causing their unhappiness, however a person suffering from depression may not necessarily be able to do so.

 

When one is sad, we tend to know that things will get better over time; on the other hand, a person going through depression may not see an end to his or her problem and may consequently think things are or will get worse.

 

This may lead to a depression that could last for a long length of time. With the negative feelings being so intense and overpowering, depression is oft times something one just can’t snap out of, at least not without assistance or taking exact measures to match or overwhelm its hold on a person.

 

Though it is safe to say anyone going through depression experiences sadness, but not every sad person is necessarily depressed, both emotional hindrances might need to be addressed and catered to the same or very similar ways.

 

However, since depression is usually more burdensome than just a state of sadness, one needs to be able to distinguish between the two to determine the amount of effort that may need to be done to correct either state of these negative emotions.

In order to be able to attack depression-advisably in its earlier stages-below are its symptoms in no specific order.

 

1. Irritability and mood swings.

2. Hopelessness and extreme pessimism (a negative outlook on life)

3. Loss of energy, extreme fatigue and tiredness.

4. Loss of interest in hobbies, having a good appearance and even associates and loved ones.

5. Extreme feelings of helplessness and no self worth.

6. Suicidal thoughts (in extreme cases)

7. Insomnia (lack of) or excessive sleep.

8. Inexplicable weight loss or gain thereof, triggered by eating disorders.

 

Though not a conclusive list as characteristics vary by patient, these symptoms of depression listed above are the most common ones.

 

If you happen to experience any of these symptoms, the first step, in my opinion and based on research will be to look within and ask why this may be occurring. Thoroughly assess your situation to see what it is that could be triggering these symptoms of depression within you. Could it be a failure at something or the loss of something or someone of importance?

If you go over the problem carefully, you would be able to target the cause and consequently solve it. Remember, the mind is the most powerful force on the earth, He who can control it can control all things my friend.

 

I will also mention that for both sadness (a symptom of depression obviously) and for the emotional disorder-depression-which we have now characterized for the purposes of distinguishing between the two, some steps you can take on your own for help will be engaging in some form of physical activity such as exercise or other hobbies.

 

This step exercises the motor centers of the brain, making the blood flow away from the emotional activity center; consequently one becomes more receptive to positive thoughts.

 

In addition to this tip, an observance of nature will show us that when animals are frightened or angered, they abstain from eating until after the passage of some time. Moreover, it is true that under stressful circumstances many civilized people refrain from eating and find in truth that they lack the desire for food, but it is also too often that most of us will eat large meals under these circumstances.

Now, worry, fear, anxiety, excitement, hurry, heated arguments at meals: all prevent the secretion of the digestive enzymes of the body and hinder not only digestion, but the whole nutrition process. This considered, perhaps the last thing you may want to do while dealing with depression or sadness-be it its causes or symptoms is to eat excessively, I may go as far as to say to even eat at all.

It is also advised that at this crucial stage of emotional encumbrance, try and seek out the company of uplifting friends, relatives and associates. As much as possible, purposely surround yourself with uplifting and positive elements like your favorite DVD comedies, books, sitcoms and things of that nature.

 

So if you are unsure if you are truly depressed or just sad, take heart, neither of these negative emotions can overpower you-if you take charge and overcome them. It may not always be easy and you may need help, however, the desire to be-little their effects over you will be the first step towards success.

 

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