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Question about depression
February 8, 2010
5:18 pm
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truthBtold
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Hi all,

I was just wondering.........do you think that depression can exist in an environment where just a general, blanket sense of trust & safety are present?

It seems that I have never really had this sense of overall trust & safety - but now, that is changing for me and I can feel my depression just naturally lifting as a result.

Do you think that there is a correlation between the two?

Depression /and/ trust & safety?

What do you think?

Could the roots of depression somehow stem from not having just a general, overall sense of safety and trust?

What do you think?

February 9, 2010
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I think the roots of depression are as varied as the people who suffer from it. Just as there are many different causes of a headache, there are many different causes of depression.

It does sound like there might be a coorelation there and in this case depression might be influenced by mistrust and lack of safety.

Great topic to contemplate.

I really enjoy reading these posts of yours TBT. You are always thinking of things and really consider a variety of possibilities.

February 10, 2010
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Hello...

I believe that depression has most of its root causes from not having a real sense of trust in infancy, later abuse and other issues can factor in such as society and poverty and etc too...but not always the later needs to be present but it can add to the overall stress that leads to depression..

If one does not feel safe their are signals in their body to conserve and shut down, overtime if thsi happens enough, the body then goes on overload and stress emerges, if left alone for too long, then depression sets in...

Maybe....

February 11, 2010
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There are purely biochemical causes of depression as well, so that even when all things otherwise are going well... sufferers have difficulty.

In fact, sometimes when biochemically depressed persons are in circumstances that are especially "cheerful" (ex, summertime, parties) it somehow makes the feeling of the depression feel more magnified. This because the mood does not match the reality.

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February 11, 2010
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I think that often the abuse could lead to biochemical changes in the mind to produce depression, i have read bout this lately and I agree, maybe you are born that way too, its a mixed bag and I think its a combination of sorts perhaps.

February 11, 2010
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I guess it could boil down to, in some ways - which came first - the chicken or the egg, you know?

I do know that when I used to travel, I felt less depressed....

I used to have periodic 'bouts' of depression here and there but nothing really major until the last couple of years where it seems constant and never-ending.

My trade has all but dried up and is now relegated to just like, part-time and/or seasonal or one-time projects. Just piece-meal actually.

I will be turning 50 this year!

The job I have now will be ending in a few months and I feel like a deer-in-headlights!

My plan is to go back to the local county Mental Health Dept. They have a Depression Support group once a week.

I went once for the first time before Xmas and one of the key subject matters that were brought up was to 'identify the problem' which sounds much, much easier than it actually is. To be able to pin-point and decipher and isolate and finally just claim the problem.

(It seems to be based on a CBT model in which the therapist is more of a teacher and uses a chalkboard to make 3 columns: Thoughts, feelings & behavior and then we take it from there and talk about stuff.....)

Please keep the responses flowing. As always, I find such great input here 🙂

Thanks.

tBt

February 15, 2010
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I suffer from depression form time to time and when I do I feel unloved vunerable and fretful . My husbands family know this and i feel they play on it . When it passes I wonder how i ever felt so bad any hints on how to cope in bad times

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