8 Key Lessons for Living a Simple Life

Source: https://zenhabits.net/simple-living/

By Leo Babauta

For the last dozen years, I’ve been living a (relatively) simple life. At times, the complexity of my life grows, and I renew my commitment to living simply.

Living a simple life is about paring back, so that you have space to breathe. It’s about doing with less, because you realize that having more and doing more doesn’t lead to happiness. It’s about finding joys in the simple things, and being content with solitude, quiet, contemplation and savo… Read More

Since a lot of people get depressed from time to time, there is that eternal question if depression is indeed a illness. The answer is: yes. The deadly one, that is. It has been stated that about 1 out of eight United States residents will possibly become clinically depressed. Several experience it once in a lifetime, while others can have multiple episodes.

This kind of is a fact: if the person gets depressed for the first time, there is a 55 percent chance that this individual will fall to the same predicament again. And come the second time, you will find the threat that this individual will go to a third depressing episode.

Depression is a real illness as it involves the mental, emotional and even physical faculties of the person. This is not only a transient sad feeling that will go away when one wants it to. There are symptoms and signs as well as corresponding treatment. If not managed nicely and immediately, it may escalate to worse conditions. Similar to other illness, depressive disorder has also variations.

There are 3 kinds of manic disorders: major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder and dysthymic disorder.

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

Its less severe friend is dysthymia which is characterized by the same symptoms of major depression, only they do not totally hinder one’s activities. A person who has dysthymic disorder may suffer major depression sometime during his life.

Bipolar disorder is also a type of depression that involves drastic feeling changes, from being very high about a minute to severely depressed the next. The manic cycle could make the person hyper and overenthusiastic but it transforms as soon as the frustrated cycle hits. The depressed 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. Unbelievable hopelessness

3. Feeling guilty and hopeless all 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 rest problems

8. Loss of appetite and drastic weight change or reduction

9. Suicidal attempts plus desires.

10. Pronounced becoming easily irritated

11. Physical aches and pains which have no physiological basis

The good thing is at the end of this dark canal called depression, there is great hope. Treatment is available in 3 types: hypnosis, antidepressant medicine and the combo of the 2. There are also times when electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and light remedy are use.

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