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What Happens During A Depression: How Stress And Mental Fears Make Things Worse

One of the biggest reasons for depression is our fear of the unknown. When we do not know what we will encounter next, the chances of making a mistake are higher. Knowing your strengths also allows you to cope with your weaknesses and fears. Letting go and taking a deep breath with each and every change in your life allows you to face the scary moment with peace.

What to do during depression. For some people, depression comes on hard. It hits them so quickly and hits so unexpectedly. For others, it builds and builds until they can’t take it anymore. What can I do to prevent or help an episode for both types?

Category: E.L. Fergusson, M.D.

When we were in the beginning stages of treatment, an unproductive approach was employed to deal with depression. The patient was taught to “learn to live with” their depression. These instructions involved avoiding anything related to the illness. This approach worked for many patients, but when it did occur, there was often intense anxiety to get in to work the next day, to be social, or even just to go out for a walk. We were taught that we could not change what was causing us the difficulty, in other words, it was beyond our capacity to alter our situation. That is exactly what we are here to learn from. We cannot change our moods, however, the way we manage them is incredibly important.

During my career, I have helped a number of patients with a variety of mood and anxiety disorders. Many of them report that what they learned and were able to accomplish came through their own self-help approach. For some people, self-help involves a process of self-critique, but for everyone else it involves finding self-esteem in the face of adversity. For instance, someone may learn how to focus on positive thought and behavior. This can include positive thoughts such as “I will never die” because that is what is in the present. It may involve positive thoughts such as “I will never become depressed” and “I will keep doing what I’m doing”. Or it may involve positive mental images. For example, they may find that the idea of “I can survive any type of life situation” is an appealing thought to them. In addition, self-esteem is not something that can be bestowed by a doctor or other medical personnel. Self-esteem comes from your life and how you feel about yourself. For some, the only way to develop this self-esteem can be the process of finding it for yourself. In other words, it comes through growth and learning and is not based on outside knowledge.

For others, self-help involves changing behaviors. For instance, someone may learn to recognize what triggers their depression and take action to stop it. Some individuals find that the change of habits can be very helpful. For individuals who are not willing to make changes themselves, one-on-one counseling may be an option. For instance, a psychiatrist can assist and provide information to help someone set and maintain a treatment plan so they can be successful with their treatment.

Finally, self-help involves getting past the idea of the “bad mood” itself, when it is important to remember that the “bad mood” is simply a symptom of the depression. The “bad mood” is just the symptoms of depression and when overcome, the person can feel better about themselves and their situations.

Category: M.D. Fergusson, M.D.

This can sometimes feel like a challenge. It might also feel like you need a good cry to shake it off and get over it. Depression has no timetable for how long it will last, so it is hard to know for sure what you need. What you need is understanding. Depression is not something you can “outgrow”.