One of the problems that affect us humans is a state of mind referred to as depression.
Exactly what is depression?
Why do we suddenly find ourselves stuck in a sea of inertia, unable to think positively, unable to hold on to positive thoughts, frozen in a zombie-like state of inactivity?
Even experts disagree on the core causes of depression and the methods of treatment. Should they be palliative or something more uncompromising?
This is, of course, no help to us if we are immersed in the thickening fog of a bout of depression.
If we ever find ourselves in a state of depression we must find and build from within the strength, the motivation, the wish and the will to conquer this debilitating mindset.
First of all, we have to accept that we alone allowed ourselves to drift into this parlous way of thinking.
The trigger could have been any one of a million reasons and may well have been an external event over which we had no control, however, the antidote has to be found within us and is under our control.
The first thing we need to understand is that we are not alone.
Read the newspapers and watch TV and over and over again there are accounts of people we would probably regard as ’having everything’ checking themselves into this or that clinic for help with some problem or other.
What for one person may be simply a mild set back can for another become the trigger which then sets off the internal self-defeating process of the ‘poor me’ syndrome.
Why is it that a situation which is a mild irritation for one person can lead another to almost suicidal tendencies?
The answer is because we are all different in some way.
A visit to one of the many websites offering behavioural profiling services will help you to identify your personal style as the first step to better understanding yourself
Once you understand why you react the way you do to certain situations you may then set about arranging your life so as to avoid those situations in the future or at least be better prepared to handle them when they do confront you.
Understanding yourself and why you react the way you do to situations with which you are faced is a prime initial requisite for self-help with depression.
Learning, understanding and accepting that we can control what we allow to be accepted as fact by our brain is the next step. So often an initial perception turns out to be inaccurate. Generally speaking, nothing is ever so bad or, as good as it may at first appear.
What is important is to understand that it is possible for us to move to a position where we take preventative steps to ensure that we stay clear of infectious negative thoughts in the future.
Negative thoughts are the seed pearls of depression. These negative thoughts and internal video recordings of past failure and disappointment clog up our brain. They lay there dormant just waiting for the right set of circumstances to explode into action and cloud our thinking.
The late Dr Hall, a clinical psychologist of international renown devoted his life to helping people understand who they were and then encouraging them to take the necessary steps to become who they really wanted to be.
Doctor George Hall discovered that it is possible to install a brain filter which stops negatives from being accepted by the brain. Just as we may install a virus checker or a firewall on our PC or Laptop we can install the same preventative systems in our brain.
Dr Hall developed a personal development course called ‘Human Cybernetics’ it was a blueprint to follow for those who really did want to self-improve and fully develop their potential in life.
I was privileged to be a student of Dr Hall in 1975 and the tutorials he led were life-changing for those of us fortunate enough to be exposed to his teachings.
Dangerous self-talk and replaying internal tapes of past failures and disappointments he always propounded to be the most debilitating of activities a human being could engage in as this activity served only to reinforce a negative self-image.
Negative self-talk must immediately be replaced by constructive self-talk and optimistic visual imaginings. Those negative tapes and videos in the mind must be deleted and recorded over with new images of success and achievement.
There are many self-help courses available today. Try running a search for personal development or something similar and you will find many, many sites offering help and assistance much of which is free of charge.
There are also sites offering self-awareness questionnaires which are designed to help you focus on any deep-seated negatives which may be holding you back from achieving your life dreams.
This may then be used by you as a platform from which to launch your new beginnings.
Self-help for depression is all about taking that first step to control your future thoughts and actions.
Decide today to take charge of your life and to live it as you want to and not as others would have you live it.
Whatever you do, do it for you!