Depression: What A Beast?

Depression: What A Beast?
Depression: What A Beast?

What is depression? What are the symptoms and causes? All of them are rooted in deep childhood.


Today it is customary to talk about the winter or autumn depression, depression in connection with passing exams and even depression from the low speed of the Internet. With the light hand of the media and interactive portals, many people are starting to seriously diagnose themselves and even "prescribe" various medications. And the autumn melancholy and bitterness over the fact that the girl left you is just longing and bitterness, and nothing more. However, both can also develop into real depression. And many, on the contrary, run the risk of missing depression and live with it for years, noticeably worsening the quality of their life, without going to the doctor, because depression is a disease. True, it is rather the soul that is sick here, not the body. What is this notorious depression and how is it characterized?

You may be depressed if you experience the following symptoms for at least two weeks:

- decreased mood throughout the day;

- a decrease in the feeling of satisfaction from life and interest in it;

- change in appetite;

- insomnia combined with drowsiness;

- agiotic behavior (excessive mobility or slowness or their combination);

- a sharp decrease in total energy;

- a sense of their own inferiority and feelings of guilt;

- inability to concentrate;

- recurring thoughts of death.


In addition, depressive episodes are also distinguished. They are characterized by:

- the inability to enjoy activities that you previously liked;

- early awakening (for example, 2 hours before getting up);

- daily fluctuations in affects (emotional reactions): from pronounced inhibition to excitement;

- decreased appetite, weight loss by more than 5%;

- a distinct decrease in sexuality.

The core of any depression is unmotivated deep longing. At the same time, all mental processes are inhibited, which are experienced quite painfully. Complaints of memory disorder, internal emptiness, chest pains, often joint pains are possible. The whole world is represented by depressed people in bright colors, but they accuse themselves of the most unseemly actions, and the future sometimes inspires terror in them.

It has been noticed that 70% of people prone to depression are people of a picnic physique (prone to overweight). Even the gait of such a person from the outside looks "depressive", he seems to "get stuck" with every step.

Each of us has a depressive core, and each of us may show some signs of depression at different times in our lives, but to diagnose depression or a depressive disorder, you need the whole complex of symptoms.

There are many types of depression, but they all have common features, the origins of which are deeply rooted in the unconscious. That is why depression is not an off-season melancholy caused by the lack of sun in the sky, but trauma deep in the soul. Depression is a serious illness, for which there is no "magic" pill or infusion, as a rule, it requires many years of psychotherapeutic assistance (once again, we will make a reservation that psychiatric and psychological illness are two different things, so you should not be afraid; the probability is too high that each of us is “sick” to one degree or another, if such a concept as a psychological norm generally exists somewhere in the form of a specific person).

So, with any type of depression, the person suffering from it always seeks intimacy in relationships with people (you shouldn't think that this is "bad", just an overly strong desire for this intimacy can quite often "bump" into the natural reluctance to give it in many people) …In fact, depressed people are always not satisfied with the need for love, all their lives they seem to prove to themselves and those around them that they have something to love for. Alas, this need is so great that no one will ever be able to satisfy it. But it's not only that. In very early childhood, these people did not feel love from their mother (no matter how much later they wanted to believe that their mother really loved them very much and was generally an ideal woman). However, their mother really could love them, but she was, for example, so busy that she simply could not pay almost any attention to her child.

Depression, oddly enough, is very closely intertwined with aggression. There is no aggression towards oneself (as depressed people do) without aggression towards others. Depressed people very easily give up themselves, their desires, find an excuse for another, they very easily have a feeling of guilt for showing independence and perseverance in fulfilling their desires. A depressed person is very afraid to show his aggression and unconsciously defends himself against this by aggression directed at himself.

Also, depressed people are very active in idealizing those who are around them. Idealization is needed in order not to see the bad qualities of a loved one, so that there are no "reasons" to part with him. For this, a depressed person (unconsciously, of course) takes on the "badness" of others - he blames himself for what the other should be blamed for.

As you can see, depression is not at all a consequence of a simple prank of the weather, an unattractive appearance. Often, uncertainty about one's attractiveness or even an unconscious "creation" of one's unattractive image, for example, uncontrolled eating of cakes and sweets at night, is only a consequence of a deeply seated reason: "There is nothing to love me for, which means that I will loved”, etc. This is a consequence of a completely different story, which was not cloudless for any of us - the story of our childhood.

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