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Attitude is Everything - an Adjunct to Medicine While Treating Depression (opinion)

Author: Dr. Robert Zaid

depressionAs human beings, we have learned to think of everything in terms of extremes. Every beginning has an end, and every good deed can be opposed with a bad one. Likewise, many of us will equate details of our lives to determine our mood. We develop patterns and if a few things in our lives do not follow our plans, we tend to allow our mood to depress. Our mood then affects other aspects of our lives and if we continue to have less optimal outcomes, we continue to depress our moods. But if we know that we don't feel good when we are in a bad mood, why do we choose to be depressed? Does this affect our health? Do we have control over our mood?

Depression, negative thoughts and inhibition of positive investment

The state of depression spans well past our mood and usually affects our desires and ambition. When our mind is depressed so are our actions. We procrastinate or do not find the energy to tackle projects or to perform duties that need to be done. Ideas present while we are in a good mood no longer exist while we are in a bad one. It becomes a downward spiral that can quickly get out of control if we do not stop it. As we take part in fewer activities, the list of things we need to do becomes larger. This adds more stress and anxiety and we tend to feel bad that we are not accomplishing our goals, nonetheless completing activities necessary to survive in society. So why do we choose to allow ourselves to follow a downward spiral? Do we have control over our actions, ambition and desires?

 

Depression, negative thoughts and the effects on the body

Depression affects the body both directly and indirectly.

Indirectly, we eat less, sleep less and exercise much less when we are down in comparison to when we feel good. Our bodies, therefore, are more fatigued and our immune system becomes worn and allows us to be more susceptible to disease. Sleep, good nutrition and exercise all promote good health and these entities are vacant when we are depressed.

Directly, we release endorphins when we are happy. Likewise, when we are stressed and anxious, our hearts beat fast, our bowel system may be affected, our pain thresholds decrease and our whole body suffers. Why do we let this happen? Do we have control over how we feel?

Body, health and the association with positive thinking

If positive thinking can cause us to exercise more, eat better and sleep appropriately, why don't we chose to think positively? Can we train ourselves to put things in perspective, halt our minds before they take the downward spiral and train our minds to work in a way that optimizes our health? It sounds so simple.

The truth of the matter is that everything in life is not so black and white and two sided; there is a lot of interpretation that follows any circumstance in life. We just have to interpret things in a way that benefits our well being. I make it seem so simple, but I understand that our environment often overcomes our mental capacity to look beyond what is happening to us. I also would like to mention that some forms of depression are based on our brain chemistry. With that said even though there are factors that we cannot control, we can enhance or make our situation worse with good or bad thought patterns. So in a logical perspective, if positive thinking promotes good health, then why don't we chose to be positive thinkers?

Also See - Attitude is Everything Page #2

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/mental-health-articles/attitude-is-everything-an-adjunct-to-medicine-while-treating-depression-opinion-542869.html

Webpage by  Paul Susic  Ph.D Licensed Psychologist (Health and Geriatric Psychologist)

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