What You Didn’t Know About Depression

I have a secret; something that Doctors and Psychiatrists don’t want you to know.

You can overcome depression without medication or therapy.

There, I said it, and no I’m not making that up.

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First, let me put a little disclaimer on that statement. I am not a medical professional. If you have a serious clinical case of depression, and some people truly do, then this post is not for you.

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Clinical depression involves a brain malfunctioning, which can involve genetics, and psychosis. The people who have this really and truly need professional help.

That being said, a large population of medical professionals today would have you believe that it is much more common than it actually is. A lot of the time, it is very possible to get rid of it yourself.

How do you know if you have depression?

Here’s a look at some of the common symptoms:

  • Lack of interest in daily life
  • Poor decision making abilities
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Low self-esteem
  • Lack of joy
  • Long term sadness
  • Guilt
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Low libido
  • Disrupted eating patterns
  • Insomnia or Fatigue
  • Aches and Pains

These symptoms can creep in all of a sudden, and you won’t know what hit you. All you know, is that you’re not feeling like yourself.

But, why does this happen?

Like I said before, most medical professionals want you to believe that it’s a chemical imbalance, genetics, or that your neurons aren’t firing properly, which is partly true in a way. When you’re depressed, your brain DOES function differently, however, you can also reverse this naturally, without medication.

Which comes to my next point. Anti-Depressants DO NOT FIX the problem. They simply cover it up. If you want real change in your life, you have to stop hiding behind meds. If you like being in a medicated stupor, then this post isn’t for you either.

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Please, if you’re considering getting off of your meds, consult your doctor first! Anti-depressants change your brains functioning, and quitting them cold turkey can really mess with you, and your life.

Now, back to the subject at hand. If it’s not clinical, then what is it that’s causing your depression?

The answer is, something in your environment:

  • A significant other is wrong for you, or they treat you poorly
  • You’re stuck in a dead end job, and don’t know what to do about it
  • Where you live is stressful, but can’t figure out how to move
  • Someone in your life is toxic, but you don’t know how to let go
  • You feel stuck in life in general
  • Your past still haunts you

Now, maybe you’re beginning to understand why so many people turn to medication instead of dealing with these issues. These are all HUGE things to overcome. Some people would rather bury their heads in a medicated fog then face real life.

Basically, what it comes down to, is that depression is the result of not dealing with something in your life, and not moving on.

So many people choose to ignore this because they think that fixing these hot button issues is going to cause them more grief then they know what to do with. The funny thing is, they’re grieved anyways, and possibly for longer when they start to become depressed.

What can you do to fix it?

You have to target the issue, head on. There’s no way around it, not if you want peace in your life, or the chance to feel light and happy again. Find a new job, a different living situation, let go of your past, or get away from those toxic people.

I totally understand that this is so much easier said then done, and it can be a very hard process. It’s not an easy thing to say goodbye to any of these scenarios. You just have to take it one day at a time.

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Meditate, or pray, talk to friends or family, hug your pet and cry. Do whatever you need to get through it, because you DESERVE a better and brighter life my friend. You DESERVE happiness.

If you need a little extra push in the right direction, be on the look out for the “Targeting Your Fears Workbook,” that I’ll be dropping in July.

Sometimes you don’t know why you’re depressed, or afraid, and I help you journal your way through the confusion.

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Stay Courageous Friends,

Courtney