This short article deals with a few possible causes of depression. The most notable (and shocking!) statement these experts make is that they do NOT consider depression to be an illness. Yes, I was also shocked and indignant at first, because it took my doctor years to get me to believe that it is an illness and that I cannot help having it. But this is really where my trouble started, because believing it is an illness turns you into a helpless victim. When I moved away from this status of victim, I could start to take control (during the good times) and concentrate on the things I can DO to reduce my depression. And it worked!
This article mentions three important things:
- Why they don’t consider depression an illness.
- The important influence of thinking styles on depression (this is where the penny dropped for me)
- The influence of grief or trauma on depression. Why don’t everybody who suffers hardships develop depression?
Following these links could make a difference to your life as it has made to mine!