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How to Defeat Depression

Updated on August 5, 2017
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Catharine Leona Joy Minter Parks published several books on Amazon including Eye Rings,For the Shattered Soul, Stop Killing Your Obese Child

Depression the Monster Within

Depression affects nearly 19 million Americans, and more than one million Canadians a year. It affects more women than men and is the leading cause of suicides.

Depression is World Wide

Like a lot of people I have experienced depression in my life, and it is one of the most debilitating illnesses in the world.

Depression strikes when a person has unfulfilled desires in their life, past regrets, and fears that cripple one from pursuing their life dreams.

It rears its ugly head when you sink into a state of extreme sadness, sometimes insomnia will hit, often exhaustion occurs for no apparent reason, and just having difficulties performing everyday activities. If these symptoms persist for two weeks or more, depression is suspected as the culprit.

If you find you cannot get rid of your depression then seek medical attention, for there is treatment for those who need help while they work on the issues that brought the depression on.

Depression not Just an Emotional Disease

Depression doesn't just have a psychological impact on its victims, it has a physical, emotional and spiritual component to it.

According to a scientist at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (1999) has demonstrated that two types of brain cells are abnormal in the brains of people who suffered from clinical depression and most who committed suicide.

Her research scanned the prefrontal cortex, or 'gray matter' located behind the forehead which is responsible for higher intellectual functions and the regulation of emotional and motivational behaviour. She found that in living subjects there were fewer glial cells in the brains of depressed people than in the brains of those who were not.

Take the First Step to Recovery

Having positive structure in our life is the best thing that we can do for ourselves to battle depression. If you work in an industry that you hate, and want something better in life, then make steps to gain what you truly want. The road may be long, but if you stay on it, it will take you to the end.

Conduct a little research to find out what you need to prepare for that dream job, that you never had the guts to go for. Then map out what, how, when and where your going to put this information into action mode. Don't let fear hold you back, depression will soon be knocking at your door if you give into it

Don't Let it Ruin Your Life

Emotionally, depression is crippling and can interfere with everyday activities. When a person becomes subject to crying fits for no apparent reason, and feeling so low that all they can think about are the failures they have experienced in their life, then it is time to do something about it. Do not let wasted years go by when you could have done something about it.

Spiritually, the enemy of our souls does not want us to succeed at any thing in life. His goal is to keep us down, unfulfilled and useless human beings, and as far away from God as possible.

When we have not succumbed to Depression and have a structured life, and God is a part of that structured life, then we are sons and daughters of the most high King of Heaven, and we are entitled to, and will enjoy, all that God has to offer us.

Make the Right Choice

Remember that we have the choice to implement our 'free will' in every decision that we make. Learn to make the right choice for your life, for every choice has a consequence, and is always followed by the ripple effect of life.

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    • catydid52 profile imageAUTHOR

      Catharine Parks 

      7 years ago from Niagara Falls, On

      Thank you for your input. Making rational decisions is very hard, when a person has severe depression it is important, and life saving to seek help early, not let months and years go by and nothing in your life gets accomplished. It seems when fear takes a hold of a person and stops them from accomplishments, depression sets in.

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      dkanofsky 

      7 years ago from Bethalto, Illinois

      Depression is indeed debilitating and very complex. Making the right choice in terms of being positively proactive is very important. However, that is difficult for many with severe depression because the ability to make rational decisions is virtually impossible. Quite a psychological "Catch 22". That's why support systems are so important as well. To help, when necessary in terms of guidance.

      Thank you for sharing this thought provoking hub. Well done.

      Kindest regards,

      Dave Kanofsky

    • catydid52 profile imageAUTHOR

      Catharine Parks 

      7 years ago from Niagara Falls, On

      Thank you for sharing your personal information with me, I am so glad that you rely on God to see you through. He will send the right person to you, at the right time, to give you what you need. Sometimes we all need a little helping hand. I am going to write a piece of Post Traumatic Disorder that has caused memory loss. One of my closest sisters is going through this right now. I hope that it will help somebody that is going through the same thing.

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      feenix 

      7 years ago

      catydid52, thank you very much for writing and publishing this awesome, useful and inspiring hub.

      I am in a constant battle against wicked forces that want me to fail and give up.

      But because I have turned my life and my will over to the care of God, I always receive the strength and will to fight back. And God always guides me to some one or some place where I can get help.

      In fact, I have been under the care of a terrific Psychiatrist for over 10 years now and he is treating me for clinical depression, chronic anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and addiction to alcohol and other narcotic substances.

      I have no doubt that God sent me to the doctor who is treating me because now, my mental and emotional disorders are in check and I can function every day, and I have not drank alcohol or touched a street drug in nearly two years.

    • catydid52 profile imageAUTHOR

      Catharine Parks 

      7 years ago from Niagara Falls, On

      Thank you Golfgal, depression is a serious worldwide illness, and it is time we learn and put into practice how to combat it, and win.

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      Golfgal 

      7 years ago from McKinney, Texas

      Yes, depression can affect anyone, it knows no gender or race. In the face of survival, depression can take away the dreams many and destroy the lives of those who fall too far into the arms of the beast. Thank you for your thoughts and sharing helpful suggestions.

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