Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Letters to the Editor

December 13, 2012

Good ways to fight depression

Life is a mixed bag of good and bad events. Everyone likes to feel happy all of the time but poor decisions or unfavorable occurrences beyond our control discourage us with adverse outcomes. Depending on the level of adversity and one’s mental attitude toward it, a person will either suffer a short-term setback or fall into a state of long depression.

People who have developed positive problem-resolution skills escape a great deal of the emotional trauma associated with depression and get on with their lives. For many, however, this is easier said than done. Some cases of depression are caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. Whatever the cause, a person’s depression can become so intense that it overpowers their natural instinct for self-preservation. It is strongly advised that one seek help from a counselor, physician, clergy or psychologist long before one’s state of depression reaches this degree of hopelessness. Most of those who have sought out help have been lifted out of the muck of despondency to live long, happy, productive lives.

In addition to the above mentioned recommendations, the depressed person can also try the following self helps: get a spiritual life, find a place of worship in which you feel comfortable; find meaning to your life by living with a purpose, helping other brings your personal satisfaction; set aside a day for spiritual healing; associate with positive-minded people; be mindful of what you are doing with moment-to-moment awareness; journal these events and your feelings when they happened; exercise, it does wonders to your body chemistry; be flexible in your thinking and learn to adapt to situations rather than getting upset when events don’t go as expected.

— Mike Rynski


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