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Medicine & Health Education
Essential Therapeutic Life Style Changes
For a Healthy Body, Mind and Spirit
Some Simple Steps to Uplift the Physical, Mental and Spiritual Health
Bala N. Aiyer, M.D.
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Part - 16
 
 
PART - 16: DEPRESSION & CONFUSED THOUGHTS RUINS LIFE
 
  
 

Some changes to improve body, mind and spiritual life

16.01: What is Depression?

Depression is a mental ailment that affects many people at various times. It is a well-known mental condition all over the world that ruins families and also reduces the talents and production among the work force. One in five Indians suffers this malady at some time or other in their life. This is more prevalent among the youth. Many people overcome this by themselves. For many, this occurs on account of failures and a disappointment arising out of likes and dislikes. While it is common in both genders, the fair sex is more susceptible to it. This may be the case among women of 20 years to 30 years of age. For many, depression may occur as part of a major physical or mental illness like heart problems, cancer, personality disorders and psychosis. Large majority of individuals develop depression during their growing ages in their teens and twenties or soon after retirement when they are unable to focus and visualize a clear future. For many it is from a feeling of loss or hopelessness in their projected life plans.

16.02: How do Inferiority Complex and Depression occur?

Growing youngsters develop an Inferiority Complex arising out certain self-acquired habits and customs, anticipations regarding future life, and failures in achieving certain desires. Besides, environmental distress and situations caused by friends or relatives, or what they have said, could be the main cause. This is also called Low Self Esteem. But everyone is not depressed by sorrowful circumstances or failures. Many have the capability to face the hardship and lead a good life. What is important is that how one is able to face the ambiance. There is no question of blaming others for it. There is nothing wrong in trying to emulate the life style of friends and relatives. Everyone should plan his way of life; there is nothing wrong in it. But one should not feel sorry if such efforts fail. Everyone is distinguished by a specific talent or polish. But no one should do things, greedily expecting good results only. In such circumstances, if there is a failure, any adverse comments made by friends or relatives who fail to handle the context properly, will worsen the situation and create depression. This may lead to the persons disassociating themselves from others and lead a solitary lamenting life.

16.03: Futuristic vision and Expectations beyond reality.

The main reason for depression is expectation beyond reality. This may happen to an individual or even to a family. A school student may feel sorry for a poor performance in the examination. The members of the family, by comparing him with neighbors and abusing the student, make the situation worse. In schools or colleges, it is common for some students to talk highly of themselves and talk lowly of their classmates just to look better than others and make themselves as a leader of the group. Many students are capable of facing such situations and go ahead with self-confidence and dignity. But weak-minded pupils will not be able to withstand such indignities and become depressed. These students need the help of friends and relations to overcome their low self-esteem. They must be made to realize that if some students are better in one area others will be better in other areas. Everyone is a unique creation with different talents and everyone will not excel in every area. They need not compare with others in every aspect. Each one needs to perform their work according to their faith and knowledge and the fruits of such action must be left to the nature or the supreme.

16.04: Depression in life needs Family and Friends support

>> Unrealistic Expectations >> Disappointments >> Unhappy feeling >> Anger
>> Negative outlook >> Criticism from others >> Sadness >> Low self-esteem
>> Depression >> Psychotic ideations >> Voice within >>Suicidal thoughts
>> Self-education >> Family & Friends supports >> Consolation ' Recovery

In general, many have expectations in their life. How we should live, what we should do to align with such life may all be dreams and visions of future plans. All students are enthused to study hard, score high marks, get high education, take a good job and lead a comfortable life. Everyone is not endowed with same mental capacity to absorb the knowledge fast. Similarly, in their growing years, youngsters may have sexual emotions and there is nothing wrong in it. Everyone has a basic expectation of getting a good life partner, and create a progeny. At that stage, the parents have a bounden duty to show their children the righteous path; and not tell them that what they are doing is wrong and punish them. This might lead to their living a secret life. Everyone should be happy if a proper match is made. If the pairing is not proper, it is the duty of the family and friends to explain in a proper way and ensure that the relationship does not proceed. When one falls in love, it may result in failure also. This failure would lead to depression. In such situations, others should help to show them the right path and be a support for them.

 
   
   
 
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