How could we lose touch with feelings that belong to us? Where might they go? And what might be driving their loss?
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“The idea that we might – as the expression has it – ‘lose touch with our feelings’ is, when we reflect on it, a highly paradoxical one. How could we lose touch with feelings that belong to us? Where might they go? And what might be driving their loss?
It seems we’re built in such a way that an understanding of much of what our minds and bodies go through is in no way automatic; it is mediated via the acceptance and understanding of other people. We know well enough about some things: if, for example, there were to be a gaping wound in our leg, or we hadn’t drunk anything for three days, we would know the truth soon enough. But many of our sensations are like bells that have no solid wire back to consciousness; they ring at a peculiar frequency that isn’t picked up by our minds when these have been attuned incorrectly…”
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Symptoms of Depression and How to Recognize Them
Symptoms of Depression and How to Recognize Them
Depression is a complex mental illness that affects the mood, thinking, and feelings of an individual. It blunts pleasure, stifles creativity, and shuts down hope. This emotional illness causes an individual to feel deeply depressed and can cause significant damage to their health. Here are some of the symptoms of depression and how to recognize them. If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately. You might be suffering from depression.
Psychotherapy involves individual, couples, or family members. In some cases, this therapy can address issues within a person’s relationship with their family and friends. In other cases, it may involve group therapy, wherein participants share similar issues and learn how to cope with them. Although treatment for depression may take several weeks, there is a high likelihood of a significant improvement within ten to fifteen sessions. Some forms of psychotherapy are also available online.
Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a common illness that affects feelings, thoughts, and behavior. It is marked by persistent sadness, loss of interest in activities, and feelings of hopelessness. This condition can lead to physical and emotional problems, and can even impair a person’s ability to function at work. Medications and psychotherapy are commonly used to treat depression, but there are some common signs of major depression that may be mistaken for a medical condition.
Some people experience depression because of a medical condition. A person’s depression may be triggered by a traumatic experience, such as a divorce, or by a medical condition. Certain endocrine and reproductive system disorders are associated with depression. Hypothyroidism, for instance, can cause fatigue, weight gain, and impaired memory. Another hormonal disorder that can cause depressive symptoms is Cushing’s syndrome. A high cortisol level in the body can lead to this disorder.
If the symptoms of depression are severe, ECT is a treatment option that can help. It involves brief electrical stimulation to the brain while a person is under anesthesia. Patients generally feel better after a few weeks of treatment. Some people do not experience these symptoms after ECT, but continued treatment may prevent a recurrence. Those who experience depression should avoid excessive stress and aim for realistic goals. There are also a variety of ways to treat depression.
Psychotherapy can also help. Cognitive behavioral therapy and other approaches have shown great promise in treating depression. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) helps people recognize and change distorted thinking. This type of therapy can also help people change their negative behavior and avoid relapsing. Ultimately, the goal of treatment is to improve the quality of life for the person suffering from depression. You should see your doctor if you think that depression is affecting your quality of life.
Although it is a common symptom of major depression, it is different from grief. Grief occurs when an individual experiences a major life change. It is characterized by feelings of self-loathing and loss of self-esteem. When you experience depression, thoughts of suicide may surface. A person who is depressed may drink too much alcohol or take drugs. While these actions can help to alleviate the symptoms, they can lead to a relapse of depression. Alcohol affects the brain chemistry and can contribute to an unhealthy mental state.