Depression

Self Assessment: True or False

“I feel like nothing really matters.”

“Life seems flat and empty much of the time.”

“I’ve run out of energy, and feel tired all the time.”

“I miss my old, happier, more optimistic self.”

 “I’ve lost interest in things that used to matter to me.”

“I’m just going through the motions like a robot.”

“I feel like I am losing hope that things will improve.”

If you said true to one or more of the statements above you may need help with depression.

Depression is not sadness; it is a loss of connection with the powerhouse of core emotion inside us.  Depression is an experience of having lost touch with ourselves.  When we are depressed we have disconnected from the truth of our emotions, from the information and energy that flows through us like a river.  As a result we are paralyzed and stuck, and we lose hope that things can be different.

It is vulnerable to experience deep feelings.  If we have not had repeated experiences of being held in the heart and mind of another when we have faced intense emotion, we may have felt overwhelmed.  Overwhelm is a frightening state that leads us to shut down our feelings.

When we are able to reconnect with the flow of emotion, even if it is painful or difficult, we are able to reclaim our energy, concentration, passion, and aliveness.  We need to grow our ability to tolerate the felt sense of vulnerability in order to free ourselves from the suffocating numbness of depression.

Links:

Some lifestyle changes that can support all of us, and especially those who struggle with depression.
http://zenhabits.net/6-practical-and-powerful-ways-to-overcome-depression

An upbeat self Improvement website with over 200 bloggers contributing.
http://www.pickthebrain.com

A Ted talk on how depression can be an invitation to consciously recognize our complexity and resolve inner conflict, to become more powerfully authentic.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgMbUj-FqBg

A brief overview of mindfulness for depression from the “for Dummies” folks.
http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/deal-with-depression-the-mindful-way.html?cid=RSS_DUMMIES2_CONTENT

Blog by psychologist and author with research and support on depression and other issues.
http://drdeborahserani.blogspot.ca

A very personal and positive look at living a beautiful life even though there is inevitable pain and vulnerability.
http://unavitabella.com

A guided meditation for mindful breathing.
http://mountainsangha.org/guided-meditation-for-mindfulness-of-breathing

Video with mindfulness teacher and therapist Tara Brach on ways we can establish an inner healing presence by recognizing and communicating with the parts of our being that we habitually ignore or judge.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31EpOu9zTzc