The Anatomy of Depression

By M.Farouk Radwan, MSc.

I Am Depressed

Have you ever tried to eat when you felt like wanting to drink?
This may sound like a strange question but in fact it’s analogous to what depressed people do when they try to deal with their depression.

When your body sends you the signal of thirst then this means that it needs water and not food. Even if you kept eating all day your thirst will never go away unless you drink.

Depression in many cases is just a message from your subconscious mind telling you that life will have no meaning unless you get your subconscious mind what it wants. A message telling you that there is a certain thing that is bothering your subconscious mind and unless you get it back it won’t let you enjoy all of the other life activities even if they were joyful.

"I don’t want to live and I won’t enjoy all life activities until you get me what I want"
Yours truly,

The Bull’s Eye

Suppose that someone was depressed because he wasn’t satisfied with his job. Do you think hanging out, traveling or doing something new will help him feel better? Of course they wont, yes he may feel good for few hours but depression will never go away because in this case its as if he is eating while his real need is drinking.

The water in this case is job satisfaction. This person should do his best to find another job or at least he should write a plan containing the actions that he is going to take in case he didn’t find another job.

In my book, The ultimate guide to getting over depression i explained how ignoring your problems and allowing them to accumulate can be the primary source for depression.

Some people face problems as soon as they encounter them while others bury them deeply in their subconscious minds or throw them behind their backs. When they do so their subconscious minds usually responds back with depression.

I know that some problems may take time before they get resolved but you should never worry about this. Your subconscious mind will remove the bad feelings as soon as you take an action and not when the problem is resolved. After all, your subconscious mind sent you this message (called depression) in order to ask you to take an action and so upon taking the action the message will no longer be needed.

What about You?

Are you depressed?
And if you are depressed, do you know the reason?
And if you know the reason, are you taking actions to deal with it? Or are you trying to forget about it by sleeping or overeating?

When you find yourself depressed know that there is something wrong that should be dealt with. If you don’t know it then take your time thinking, write your thoughts on a paper and do whatever you can in order to know the real reason behind it. And as soon as you know the reason know that depression will only go away if you started to take actions.

Some Problems Can’t Be Solved

What if the problem can’t be solved? What if you were depressed because you lost someone close or because you lost something valuable?

You don’t have to worry in this case too because your subconscious mind wants either a solution or acceptance. So if the problem had a solution then solve it and if it cannot be solved then acceptance will do the job.

Am not saying that all types of depression are a direct result of unsolved problems but what I am trying to say is that in most cases unsolved problems are the root cause for depression.

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