About Depression

Here are some fun facts about depression for you to chew on:

  • Did you know that at any given time about 9.5% of the population is suffering from some form of depression?
  • Major Depression affects about 6.7% of the adults in the United States over the age of 18 in any given year.1
  • Twice as many women as men experience depression.2
  • 12% of women will experience clinical depression at some point in their lives.3
  • There is some good news regarding depression, however: Between 2004 and 2008, the prevalence of depression among U.S. adults dropped from 7.9% to 6.4%4

Of course, the statistics don’t portray the actual inner experience of someone suffering from depression. The reality of depression is quite different from charts and percentages on a page.

Here are some of the common things experienced by someone suffering from depression (and I’m speaking from experience here):

  • Low energy/Lethargy
  • Apathy/Difficulty feeling motivated
  • Feelings of hopelessness, anxiety, guilt and/or worry
  • Decrease in appetite
  • Insistent emotional throbbing in the face, throat and/or chest
  • Feeling lonely and/or isolated
  • Change in sleeping habits

Two Kinds of Depression: Situational and Clinical

There are two kinds of depression that human beings commonly experience.

Situational depression is a perfectly reasonable response to events in the person’s environment such as loss or trauma. As such, situational depression is triggered by things that come from outside of a person. The quickest resolution for situational depression typically comes when a person receives support to feel their feelings fully.

Clinical depression, on the other hand, originates from within a person. Clinical depression has many possible causes. There’s still a great deal of controversy around the actual causes of clinical depression. Suffice it to say that there are many different factors that can combine and result in a person experiencing clinical depression. Some of the most common causes of clinical depression currently recognized by modern medicine include:

  • Genetics
  • Illness
  • Abuse
  • Loss
  • Traumatic Events
  • Substance Abuse
  • Certain Medications

Clearly, we are still learning about what depression is and where it comes from.

However, if you are an individual who is struggling with depression in some form, then it behooves you to learn everything you can about what depression is (and isn’t) as well as the wide array of possible treatments.

In fact, a little over a decade ago, I first started attempting to address issues that had accumulated during the course of my childhood. My initial attempt to attend sessions with a professional psychologist quickly resulted in a huge wave of emotions swarming over me. Apparently, my willingness to start facing and dealing with the feelings and experiences of my childhood brought a huge amount of repressed feelings out into the open. It was overwhelming. And when push came to shove, it was clear that the mental health establishment was extremely limited in its ability to address and solve my problems. I had to figure this stuff out on my own.

The Relentless Onslaught of Depression

At some level, all illness is a full-spectrum confrontation between a human being and their life. However, depression in particular involves virtually everything a person experiences. From environmental factors to internal emotional factors, from external life events to internal hopes and dreams–depression turns a person’s entire life into a battlefield. The pain lurks around every corner, and there is no escape.

The need for an escape builds and builds, however, which leads many people who are experiencing depression to look for release in food, drugs, television, sleep, sex and pretty much anything else that seems like it could numb the pain and fill up the gaping emptiness within.

None of these attempts to self-medicate actually work. Not for long, anyway. And so, any true approach to healing depression has to help a person develop the strength and courage to stand their ground in the face of the waves of pain that depression brings. Whether those waves come roaring in regularly or whether they subside to only occasional events, the possibility of experiencing a wave of pain is always there. And the more a person resists, the worse the pain can become.

How to Heal Depression

When I looked long and hard at the approaches to handling depression touted by the mainstream, I quickly noticed that these approaches don’t actually get at the root of what causes depression. Anti-depressants don’t address the roots of depression; they help mitigate the symptoms. And in many cases, they are extremely useful in helping a person who might otherwise not be able to function to continue chipping away at the deep roots of depression.

Ultimately, no single tactic is going to turn the tides completely on depression. The best defense against depression is a powerful offense. And when it comes to battling depression, offense looks like the total transformation of a person’s life.

Therefore, even if someone is relying on clinical therapy, anti-depressants or other miracles of modern medicine, it still makes sense for a great deal of the focus to fall on natural cures for depression.

Here are some of the most important areas where natural cures can help a person heal depression:

  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Herbal Remedies
  • Self-Help Approaches
  • Spiritual Practice
  • Therapy

Each of those areas contains many possible avenues of attack. And in my life, I have adopted the brute force approach to combating depression–I’ve learned everything I could about each of those areas. I’ve tried an assortment of approaches to identify what works best for me given my background, biology and lifestyle.

The most important thing for you to recognize if you are currently experiencing depression is the following:

  1. You can heal your depression.
  2. Healing depression requires effort. Sometimes huge amounts. Putting in the effort required is still better than the alternative, however.
  3. Don’t expect your depression to give up without a fight.
  4. Even if you utilize the methods and approaches of mainstream psychiatry, you will still benefit from incorporating natural methods for curing depression.
  5. The name of the game in combating depression is transformation. Transform as many different habits and patterns as possible in as many different areas of your life as possible as quickly as possible. It’s possible!

This site–Natural Cures for Depression–presents a ton of useful information to help you wage the battle against depression skillfully and successfully. Use these resources and share your results!