Overload

Depression

Category: Illness or disabilities

Type

Involuntary

Introduction and description

 

If you look at the section on Emotion, you will see that all Emotions come on a sort of sliding scale

From no emotion at all, one can go through emotions of gradually increasing intensity, until extremes of emotion result.  Thus from happiness we can be propelled in some cases to overwhelming euphoria and elation – the state of mania in manic depression

But from simple sadness, we can gradually sink into extreme unhappiness and then onwards to depression until eventually we reach such a state of depression, it is described by doctors as ‘clinical depression’.

People who are depressed are, on the whole, cut off from the spiritual world.  It is this feeling of separation from the love and goodness that flows from ‘heaven’ that causes the feeling of isolation, loneliness and hopelessness.  It is a block to all creativity, [although there are exceptions, those who have channeled the despair], often it does not affect reasoning or our powers of memory.  In some senses, the left brain is working overtime whilst the right brain has 'gone to sleep'.   Logic, memory all function as normal and often a manic depressive uses these times to record the insights and inspiration received during the periods of mania.  Beethoven received his musical inspiration at times of mania, but recorded them in times of depression.

According to Wikipedia, a person who is depressed can also feel – “anxious, empty, hopeless, worried, helpless, worthless, guilty, irritable, hurt, or restless. They may lose interest in activities that once were pleasurable, experience loss of appetite or overeating, have problems concentrating, remembering details, or making decisions, and may contemplate, attempt, or commit suicide. Insomnia, excessive sleeping, fatigue, loss of energy, or aches, pains, or digestive problems may also be present.

In effect, depression affects any number of other emotions and the systems of our body, swinging them to excess in one direction or another.

Causes

Adverse events - in people's lives can result in extreme unhappiness, which if left to smoulder escalate into full scale depression. 

Intellectual overload - Depression can also result from too much emphasis on left brained activity and not enough on right brained.  Thus an over emphasis on reasoning, control, logic, memory etc can completely dampen the creativity and imaginative side of us which gives joy.  Control freaks are often depressed!

Overload activities - if you glance through the list of other overload events, medicines, illnesses, toxins, parasites, viruses, bacterial infecion, they can all result in depression, especially if they stack up against you.

Nutritional deprivation - vitamin deficiency and incorrect diet can result in depression

Pharmaceuticals - It is also worth knowing that pharmaceuticals have a particularly nasty record for bringing on depression.  The eHealthme site collects the Adverse Drug reports submitted by doctors to the FDA and SEDA in the USA.  It then summarises them for ease of use.  We originally provided a direct link to Depression listed on this site and the pharmaceuticals that can cause it, but the eHealthme website developers frequently reorganise the site and thus break the links.  Thus in order to find out which pharmaceuticals are implicated in Depression

  • Follow the LINK to the eHealthme website
  • Using the ‘All conditions’ index find the appropriate entry
  • Now scroll down until you get to the section marked ‘Drugs that could cause

The list shows you all the drugs implicated in CAUSING Depression as well as the number of people who have made a complaint to their doctor and had their case reported by him.  Note that it is up to the doctor whether he reports or not.

As of October 2016, about 2,900 pharmaceuticals were in this list.  Examples include [this list is by way of example, there are many more types]

What is also extraordinary is that drugs like the antipsychotics and antidepressants also have a record for creating depression in a devastating spiral of decline and increasing doses.  To take but one example, Seroquel, according to the eHealthme site, is responsible for well over 4000 cases of depression.  Paxil, another antidepressant, appears to be responsible for over 5000 cases of depression, again according to the eHealthme site.

Treatment

Symptom based

The conventional medical treatment for depression involves pharmaceuticals - often very strong ones which can become addictive.  This is symptom based treatment.

Cause based

The cause based approach requires you to find out why you became depressed and to tackle this.  This is the approach I have recommended in Healing yourself.  

  • Reorient your activities - If it is due to an overload of logic based and left brained activity, you need to start using some of the activities I have described under the 'suppression' section. 
    Listen to music more, for example, paint pictures or sculpt, go for a gentle walk in the country, perhaps walk round a beautiful garden.  Every single one of the actions described helps you to open up the right brain and get you back in touch with your composer and the spiritual world.  And none of the activities is onerous or involves harsh chemicals.  Furthermore, they are all very simple to do, requiring very little expense.   Love is very effective - giving love, not expecting it or taking it - so thinking of other people [or animals] and helping them and caring about them.
  • Change your diet - change your diet to one with more fresh organic foods, or which is more nutritionally balanced. 
    Brain Bio Centre - The Brain Bio Centre is an out-patient clinical treatment centre, specialising in the 'optimum nutrition' approach to mental health problems. The centre offers comprehensive assessment of biochemical imbalances that can contribute to mental health problems, and advice on how to correct these imbalances as a means to restore health. 

In the observations below, the 'healing' section provides cases from the PubMed site or other medical literature of other mechanisms which have helped heal depression.

How it works

The reason we may get a spiritual experience - whether positive or negative - is dependent on what caused the depression, thus you need to find the cause and then use the descriptions I have given on the site for causes to see how it worked.

 

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