Depression as we know it, is a mood disorder that is characterised by a sad, blue mood that goes above and beyond normal sadness or grief and features not only negative thoughts, moods and behaviours but also specific changes in bodily functions like eating, sleeping, energy and sexual activity, as well as developing aches or pains.
Did you know, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics;
Three million Australians are currently experiencing depression or anxiety
On average, 1 in 6 people – 1 in 5 women and 1 in 8 men – will experience depression at some stage of their lives
Only 35 per cent of Australians with depression access treatment
Men are less likely to seek help than women, with only 1 in 4 men who experience depression accessing treatment
These rather alarming statistics show us that there needs to be a better way to educate, deal with and ultimately heal depression.
Many people believe that depression is a life sentence and are lead to believe that once they are diagnosed with depression it defines who they are.
What this does is creates a sense of hopelessness because from this perspective you are trapped with a ‘disease’. One with no solution, only a temporary relief for the symptoms - medication.
Looking at it from another perspective - we are not born feeling trapped by a ‘disease’.
When we are young children we feel FREE - free to express ourselves both emotionally and creatively.
We are not afraid of judgement, we do not compare ourselves to others and we love whole-heartedly. We are our pure, authentic self.
I want you to take a moment and think back to a beautiful memory from your childhood - one where you expressed yourself freely.
That little boy/girl right there - that is you!
That is you before the experiences that took that freeness away - being told at school you weren’t allowed to use the glitter pens, being told expressing your emotions is a sign of weakness, not getting that job you wanted so badly and quite frankly living in a society where the media tells us how we should look and why our lives aren’t perfect.
Depression is merely an experience formed by other experiences so I want you to consider that rather than it being a disease, it is a feeling of 'dis-ease' experienced in the body.
So can you overcome Depression? Absolutely!
With the right help, you can peel back each layer that has begun to weigh you down until you become lighter and eventually are able to fully heal.
Here are a few things you can do on your own to assist you in managing Depression naturally whilst searching for the right Therapist to assist you in healing the deeper causes.
Don’t label yourself! Rather than telling yourself or others that you have depression, consider using the term I am experiencing depression.
Write in a journal! Express your thoughts and emotions in a journal. When you do this you fully express yourself and therefore you release it/let it go. Eventually you will be more open to expressing your true self with others as well.
Remember who you are! Take time out to think back and really remember who you are. Remember all the things you used to do, create and share. Write them down.
Move your body! Physical activity releases endorphins which interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain and trigger a positive feeling in the body. Take the time to move your body, even if it’s only a 15 minute walk during your lunch break each day or 5 minutes of yoga when you wake up each morning.
Smile! Smiling also releases endorphins which make you happy and is contagious. Studies report that just seeing one person smiling activates the area of your brain that controls your facial movement, which leads to a grin. It’s pretty hard to feel depressed when you’re feeling happy and making others happy too!
If you would like to find out how to get to the root cause of your depression and get rid of it for good, you can find out more about our Mental Health Program by booking in your Free Initial Consultation.
For further current statistics about Depression in Australia, please see the link below
Chanel De King, Therapist at The Melbourne Centre of Healing
Specialists in Addiction Recovery (including Ice Addiction) and Mental Health at our Addiction Rehab Centre in Melbourne, Australia.