A Gentle Corrective for the Epidemic of Identity Politics Turning Us on Each Other and on Ourselves

Source: https://www.brainpickings.org/2018/01/01/john-o-donohue-walking-on-the-pastures-of-wonder/

“So many people are frightened by the wonder of their own presence. They are dying to tie themselves into a system, a role, or to an image, or to a predetermined identity that other people have actually settled on for them.”

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Because a lot of people get frustrated from time to time, there is that endless question if depression is indeed a illness. The answer is: yes. The deadly one, that is. It has been said that about one out of eight Usa residents will likely become clinically depressed. Several experience it once in a lifetime, while others can have lots episodes.

This kind of is a fact: if a person gets depressed the first time, there is a 50 percent chance that he will fall to the same predicament again. And come the 2nd time, there is the threat that he will go to a third manic depression episode.

Depression is a real illness as it involves the mental, emotional and even physical faculties of the person. This is not only a transitive sad feeling that will go away when one wills it to. You will find symptoms and signs as well as corresponding treatment. If not managed nicely and immediately, it may increase to worse conditions. Like any other illness, depression has also variations.

There are three types of depressive disorders: major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder and dysthymic disorder.

Major depression is a culmination of all the symptoms and signs that get involved with one’s capacity to act normally. It may happen once, but continious episodes are possible.

Its less severe friend is dysthymia which is characterized by similar symptoms of major depression, only they don’t totally hinder one’s activities. A person that has dysthymic disorder may suffer major depressive disorder sometime during his life.

Bipolar disorder is also a kind of depressive disorder that involves drastic mood changes, from being very high about a minute to severely depressed the next. The manic cycle could make the individual hyper and overenthusiastic but it transforms as soon as the stressed out cycle hits. The stressed out cycle has all the symptoms of depression.

Since depression is an illness, there are symptoms. Again, they are the following:

1. Persistent “empty” feeling

2. Serious hopelessness

3. Feeling guilty and hopeless most the time

4. Absence or loss of pursuits in activities that used to bring happiness to the person and this includes sex.

5. Prominent fatigue

6. Has a difficult time {making|taking decisions

7. Development of sleep problems

8. Loss of appetite and drastic body change or loss

9. Suicidal attempts and thoughts.

10. Pronounced becoming easily irritated

11. Physical aches and discomfort which may have no physiological basis

The good news is at the end of this dark tunnel called depression, there is great hope. Treatment is available in three types: hypnosis, antidepressant medicine and the combo of the two. Right now there are also times when electroconvulsive remedy (ECT) and light remedy are use.

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