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Opinion | The Real Causes Of Depression Have Been Discovered, And They're Not What You Think

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Opinion | The Real Causes Of Depression Have Been Discovered, And They're Not What You Think
Across the Western world today, if you are depressed or anxious and you go to your doctor because you just can't take it any more, you will likely be told a story. It happened to me when I was a teenager in the 1990s.

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How depression is measured

Depression is often measured by scientists using something called the Hamilton Scale. It runs from 0 (where you are dancing in ecstasy) to 59 (where you are suicidal). 

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Causes of depression

Many leading scientists believe the whole idea that depression is caused by a “chemically imbalanced” brain is wron...

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Childhood trauma can cause depression

When you’re a child, you have very little power to change your environment. So, you have two choices.

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Release your shame

Researchers tried discussing shame with ordinary patients that came for care. They were told something like, “I see you went through this bad experience as a child. I am sorry this happened to y...

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Biological factors are not primary drivers

Depression and anxiety are mostly being caused by events in our lives. You are far more likely to become depressed:

  • If you find your work meaningless and you feel you have no c...

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Isolated diagnosis

To treat someone who seemingly has depression, while isolating this from any other situation, event or circumstance that might have triggered it is a flawed way to diagnose a potential mental illness.

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The real cause of depression does not seem to be completely inside our heads, and pill-popping is just a stop-gap measure, which may even be harmful.

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Reach out and stay connected

You may feel too exhausted to talk, ashamed at your situation, or guilty for neglecting certain relationships. But this is just the depression talking

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How to reach out for support

  • Look for support from people who make you feel safe and cared for. They just need to be a good listener.
  • Make face-time a priority. Talking to someone face to face about how you feel can play a big role in relieving depression.
  • Try to keep up with social activities even if you don’t feel like it. 
  • Find ways to support others. 
  • Caring for a pet can get you outside of yourself and give you a sense of being needed.
  • Join a support group for depression. 

Do things that make you feel good

Do things that relax and energize you. This includes following a healthy lifestyle, learning how to better manage stress, setting limits on what you’re able to do, and scheduling fun activities into your day.

Even if your depression doesn’t lift immediately, you’ll gradually feel more upbeat and energetic as you make time for fun activities.

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The self-improvement process

If one day you find yourself in need to improve, you might as well take into account the following elements worthy of your attention: you ought to find an obsession that keeps your interest to i...

Improving micro-skills

If you are planning on improving yourself at something in particular, you should also be prepared to work on developing some other several micro-skills necessary in order to get the job done. 

It would be useful to gather up all the knowledge you have acquired up to the present moment, be it even by hours. The more, the better.

Failing is key to success

When trying to improve certain skills, bear in mind that failing is not an issue: the more you fail, the more chances you get to study your own mistakes and learn from them. 

Therefore, take risks by accepting different challenges related to your passion, which could teach you valuable lessons.

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