Depression

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  1. lovetherain profile image70
    lovetherainposted 2 years ago

    Is it a chemical imbalance, or "all in your head"?

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      promisemposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      It's both. How you think and how you respond to certain thoughts contribute to depression.

      So do lifestyle, culture and other environmental factors. Genetics is an important factor as well.

      1. lovetherain profile image70
        lovetherainposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        You are probably right.

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          promisemposted 2 years agoin reply to this

          I'm very familiar with the subject.  smile

          1. lovetherain profile image70
            lovetherainposted 2 years agoin reply to this

            why?

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              promisemposted 2 years agoin reply to this

              Personal experience (abusive childhood), family experience (serious trauma) and a deep involvement in an agency that treats people with mental illness (along with substance abuse and developmental disabilities).

              It's not something people easily admit because we have a culture that frowns on sharing those kinds of experiences.

              But being open about them is exactly what we need to do to help solve them.

              1. lovetherain profile image70
                lovetherainposted 2 years agoin reply to this

                Do you think depression is a mental illness?

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                  promisemposted 2 years agoin reply to this

                  Yes, absolutely. But in saying so, please don't think I'm saying it's a stigma.

                  It's not only common, but it's becoming more so. Doctors hand out anti depressants left and right.

                  1. lovetherain profile image70
                    lovetherainposted 2 years agoin reply to this

                    I think some people really do need antidepressants. When they just can't pull themselves up from a deep depression.

                    But I'm not really sure.

                    I have never been in a truly deep depressive state. But I know some people who are. I just don't know what to do for them. It breaks my heart to see someone I love so depressed and I can do nothing for them.

  2. Kenna McHugh profile image91
    Kenna McHughposted 2 years ago

    Google Green Mental Health. It is the best option for anyone who needs help.

  3. Readmikenow profile image97
    Readmikenowposted 2 years ago

    I did have a friend who was diagnosed with depression after his divorce.  He was put on medication and he hated it.  My friend told me it made him not be depressed, but he didn't feel anything.  So, he took up bike riding.  Then he got into long distance bike riding.  Now, when he tells me his long bike rides keep him from being depressed.  I asked him what he does in the winter and he tells me he takes long walk or works-out in the gym.  So, that made an impression on me how he went from little physical activity in his life to it being a major part of his life to control his depression.  It's also gotten him into good shape and a bit healthier.  I wonder if it is possible that exercise is a major element to helping with all depression or just in certain cases?

     
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