many people, I have been through many hardships and adversities in my
life so far including emotional abuse as a youth as well as loss of a
parent due to suicide. However, despite these major setbacks,
never suffered clinical depression. I'll probably never
know the exact reasons why I was spared either. Was it
physiology? Was it attitude? Was it specific
Who really knows for sure?
I'm more than totally aware that there are countless numbers of individuals who are not so fortunate. I have had friends, relatives and significant others who suffered from this particular mental health condition. And of course, there was my own mother who basically lost the battle against severe depression. So even though I have not personally suffered from clinical depression, I have had a front row seat to its effects enough times to know that depression facts are real.
One thing that I have
personally noticed with many people who are depressed is that they are
not often utilizing all the tools that are available to them for
combating their ailment. Some folks just think that taking a
will take away all their troubles. But in reality, medication
only one piece of the treatment pie in terms of cures for
depression. Other pieces include
counseling, using a support network, exercise, diet and the most
neglected piece by my observation, the personal effort and will
required to manage their conditions. Some people simply wish
their mental health condition would go away rather than actively work
on doing everything available and possible. A totally
decision to manage and possibly get rid of depression is therefore
absolutely necessary in order to move forward in a healthy
way. The depression facts have supported this clinically.
My own thoughts on this are that I had some great passions in life that filled my time. Even during adversities, I still looked forward each day to doing one of my passions. I had my martial arts, skiing, music, my dogs and other interests. I had no room in my mind for depression. In addition, some of these passions required staying fit and continued learning. I believe that these activities kept me going. But then again, I can't prove this scientifically. It's only my guess. Whatever the case, I do think that for anybody who doesn't already have any passions in life, it is beneficial to go out and explore the world to find some passions, particularly ones that go hand in hand with a healthy lifestyle.
If you suffer from depression and want to be a peak performing life champion (a term that I use in my book, The Life Champion In You), please do everything possible and use everything at your disposal to clear or at least manage your condition in order to go on with your other goals in life. Utilize all known proven cures for depression rather than just sweep it under the rug. Consult with the appropriate health professionals, as this beast can’t be beat on your own. There's too much at stake to again, simply sweep this issue under the rug. Get all the help you need and put 110% effort behind yourself as well. Needless to say, managing your mental health should most definitely be one of the major goals in your life. Ask yourself the question in this case. What will you do this week to improve your case of depression? What about the next week and the following week? Success is still within your grasp.
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