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Depression Series #6: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

June 11, 2010

In all aspects of life’s journey we suffer a form of trauma, be it physical or mental or psychological. The result of all traumas carries one form of depression or another.

As the trauma is felt physically and mentally, the return to normality from that point is time consuming.  Any trauma alters behaviour and everyday perceptions, these naturally carry a strong depressive state and with the added influence of the physical restriction the depression becomes magnified and one loses freedom. This kind of depression needs to be worked upon.

It is important not to accept the situation. We have to make the effort and express the need to overcome, rather than allow one to suffer in silence and expect the cloud to shift as a matter of course. 

When there is a strong desire to shift that cloud then there is a strong possibility that we can off load that weight and darkness and focus on recovery rather than dwell to analyse.

If your Post traumatic Stress is due to an experience, whether witnessing an accident, or witnessing acts of war or violence, or being diagnosed with a serious condition, there are several aspects that must be applied to elevate your situation to develop a clearer vision.

Whatever we witness in our life, these are lessons for us to learn from, the focus shifts from becoming restricted with theses experiences to making them more constructive towards developing a greater understanding.

When we develop an understanding we become stronger automatically. There is no room for self-doubt or unfounded fears in our mind.

Time is important in these situations, a lot of healing must take place, this can only happen with the passing of time. To overcome these depressions takes a focus towards freedom, to empower yourself, to strengthen yourself physically and mentally, to become adamant, or desperate to find a way out. 

Always remember to listen to what your mind tells you and accept that as a fact. Listen to your intuition to reach a higher understanding. That in itself will alleviate any influence of any trauma and will open the door to alternative thoughts, all of which are relevant to overcoming and building towards getting back to life.

Patience and endurance is key.  Instruct your mind with  “power” and “strength” Keep active, use your inner power and your natural strength. Repeating these words will prepare you towards a healthier attitude mentally and physically.

 We must always strive to develop the desire to understand situations rather than victimising ourselves with events that are out of our control. 

 Ultimately the focus must always remain onto helping yourself to improving your situation and outlook towards your environment and to always be open and receptive to all changes that may take place in your journey in life.

In these situations there is no pill or miracle cure. Just by understanding the process makes you wiser and helps you handle all situations.

Depression Series #5: Postnatal Depression

May 28, 2010

For us to understand the mechanism of Postnatal Depression we must first look objectively at the whole process of pregnancy and birth.

From the moment of conception there are many influences that come into play.  The psychological state is at its extreme, containing excitement, fear, joy and uncertainty. The physical aspect is transforming, hormones charging, physical shape expanding, along with bouts of nausea and sickness.

 Overall all feelings are prominent and exaggerated, which individuals will go through on an hourly basis. 

We then come to the birth itself, which is again extremely daunting and exciting, filled with a tremendous fear of the unknown.  Regardless of preparation whether a natural birth, drug free, drug fuelled, or caesarean the whole process of giving birth will never be as you anticipated and emotions will be extreme both negative and positive.

 Immediately after birth there is a calm, a new life has emerged and you rejoice in the arrival of your baby. Then soon after the excitement comes the realisation that life has changed and will never be the same again.

If we look objectively at all elements the whole process of pregnancy and birth contains transformation on every level, mental, emotional, psychological and physical.

It is during this period of trying to adjust and adapt to this new role where it can all feel a bit too overwhelming. Naturally the physical aspect is beginning the reversal process, but her there is the realisation that part of your body is no longer with you, your baby.

Any separation in life can cause us extreme sadness, but this separation is different. Your baby was growing inside of you, a part of you for nine months, and your sole responsibility that you protected and nurtured, where a spiritual connection was made. Now your baby is an independent life, plus grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends are handling your baby. Of course this is expected and what happens in our society, but that doesn’t prepare you for the feelings that you have.

Anger and possessiveness provoke emotions that are very difficult to vent. When you are in it, it becomes impossible to comprehend because at that moment nothing matters, it is as if everything has been lost.

Ultimately this process is just another natural transformation in the long line of events that took place during pregnancy and birth and must be understood as a natural process. 

It is advisable that before birth individuals put all the above into perspective and develop an understanding about this process, it will certainly ease the burden of suffering and will make this period easier to digest and cope with.

Depression Series #3: Environmental Depression

April 29, 2010

Tackling the needs and demands and competitiveness that we encounter from others and all that surrounds us requires an understanding about our self, who we are, how we think, how we feel, our responses and our reactions. 

Our feelings can become easily magnified by the influence of our environment.

Any depression will lead us into depressive patterns of thought. Our mind easily becomes vulnerable, extracting every memory that has been depressive or affective at any point in our life and feeds them to our conscious thoughts.

Certain sounds, colours, words or scenarios can easily trigger depressive thoughts and memories.

 These depressions are simply overcome by identifying and exploring the mechanism that lead to these forms of depressions.  One must not allow the clutter of thought to become attached to a chain of depressive memories.

It is important that we understand this aspect of our life, without becoming paranoid about our environment.  Rather adapting to the environment and complying with all its needs and demands.

 Our mind holds all the answers and is open during times of depression to provide us with solutions.

Another form of depression is due to a chemical imbalance due to a lack of vitamins and minerals.  Our body continually absorbs pollutants daily from today’s modern environment, which in turn destroys the natural state of our being, sending it out of balance. 

This inflicts onto our thoughts by creating a motionless state of a part, or the whole of our physical being, creating confusion between the mind and the body. 

Failing to identify this imbalance within our system and not supplementing it with what we intuitively and physically feel we are lacking, the suffering of the unknown will grow and strengthen. 

As we cannot recognise what is taking place the pain becomes more severe, causing total chaos in our thought processes, leading to darkness and trauma.

Only our mind is able to analyse and guide us into finding the correct foods and/or supplements to restore our physical wellbeing.

Question your mind and listen to your intuitions.  Do not allow intrusions or suggestions from others to dictate your own belief of the truth.  You will reach the right conclusion.  This will become apparent once the attention to your self is achieved.

Depression Series #2: Daily minor depressions

April 19, 2010

Unfortunately, due to our fears and lack of understanding, we have misinterpreted a natural process and instead created a widespread labelled disorder.

Depression is an important part of our life that allows us to think.

All forms of depression are triggered by our emotions.  During this process we will find that when there is a feeling of incompleteness in the things that we do, the expectations of our self become enhanced. 

One of two things will happen in this instance, we will react either positively or negatively.  We will either make a greater effort to achieve what is needed to satisfy us, or we will find the process too overwhelming and enter into a dark and silent place.

Ultimately whatever takes place, we will remain in either situation until a new event or distraction takes place to shift our mood. Both examples are extremely common, which each and every one of us will go through on a daily basis.

When positive we are happy and contented. When negative we are miserable and discontented which we class as a depression. Yet, we must not have fears about these feelings. On the contrary, we must look at them objectively and try and benefit from every aspect of this process.

We must learn to welcome these negative feelings, as these are the building blocks of our creativity and imagination in all that we do, be it in our personal, occasional or social life.

We exist as part of a natural process. As in all cases, this communication is an extremely important part of our existence. All aspects of nature influence us and affect our emotions, which in turn provokes the mind to create a reaction.

This is a natural reoccurring process, a constant cycle that will appear either positively or negatively. After darkness there comes light. After light there comes darkness again.

We must remember to use our creativity to teach us about our self to reveal any hidden talents and memory relating to our own personal life and journey.

Other forms of depression that interfere constantly in our daily lives relate to discontentment.  All experiences in our life have left their mark in our memory. 

When discontented, we become preoccupied with our past experiences.

 When we become involved with the past it becomes a preoccupation that detaches us from our life and takes us into a depressive state, as if we cease to exist. 

This kind of depression can cause deeper difficulties.  We dwell on one thought and repeat the same thought over and over again, where it becomes a habitual behaviour. Usually these thoughts relate to difficulties or emotional traumas.

This process continues and if not addressed can affect our sleep. Just before entering sleep there maybe two or three thoughts that ignite, they revolve in a cycle, constantly repeating. The thought does not go any further but other resembling thoughts ensue, where our mind goes off in a tangent, where we never reach a conclusion.

All this relates to our lack of understanding about these kinds of thought processes. 

When there is a thought that goes into a repetitive mode, make it an objective to question, to come up with a resolution relating to the issue at hand, not just by looking at the repetitive event, but just understanding a reason or a purpose for it. This is where the mind enters into another area of analysis and calculation.

As you instruct your mind for an answer and command a resolution, you will discover that your depressions become more objective and produce better results. Situations push themselves through the mind to try and open a natural wisdom, which in turn help us reach these decisions and conclusions.

This is when we are in a position to begin to change a habit.  Of course, as with any new method it requires practice, and time and patience. However, once you become mindful that you need to know and you need to achieve you make a commitment to yourself and become determined to reach your objectives.

Our mind does not punish us, nor does it create these events to give us a traumatic time. Our mind does not play tricks or games.  Our mind helps us live naturally.  The mind works and teaches us how to deal with our emotions and minimise any discomfort or uncertainty.

Our mind is under our control and our communication. Our mind must be unemotional and unconditional, so we can understand. Then we are in a position to change any form of habit into a more productive and constructive behaviour.

Understanding Depression series: #1 Natural Depression

March 12, 2010

Understanding depression produces far greater benefits than accepting current perceptions about depression, which can easily cause further restrictions.

The simplest and most common form of depression is the influence of the atmosphere.  The atmosphere is forever changing, whether climatically or through alterations in pressure.  These variations affect all of us naturally, as well as every living thing on Earth in one form or another. 

This type of depression is part of our every day life, the daily ups and downs that we naturally feel. However, our feelings can become easily magnified by the influence of our emotions, imagination and lack of understanding as to why we feel this way.

This is not an isolated feeling. You will notice that other people will feel the same. Certain types of energies react to atmospheric pressure in the same way; hence the low point is spread over a population rather than just affecting an individual.

This type of depression reflects our natural self, a form of regenerating our energy. A natural depression serves its purpose and must never be mistaken for other forms of deeper depressions. A natural depression can last from one day to a week or two then it will shift naturally.

Like the cycle of the day and the night, after darkness comes light. The pressure lifts and we feel vibrant again, forgetting that we were ever miserable.

 Natural depression is an important part of our existence that must be embraced and understood. We must learn to adapt and comply with the needs and demands of our ever-changing environment, without letting it control us.

The Master and the Servant

February 18, 2010

It is our own personal choice whether we seek empowerment from our mind or not.

At some point in life there will be a desire to know who we are, and why we are.

It is by utilising our mind that we discover our true natural abilities, all of which are vital to our presence in this physical world.

The minds duty is to ensure the preservation of the self. The mind is geared to heal the self and has the power to create that balance to sustain us.Our mind is influenced by our emotional needs, requests and demands, as well as our wishes. It is the minds duty to accept our instructions and react accordingly.

Therefore, it is imperative that our instructions to the self are appropriate, to create the desired influence.

The number one enemy to the mind is fear and anxiety. The mind takes control of the body and allows it to behave according to the fears present. Naturally, the manifestation of fears creates limitations and restrictions.

When emotions dominate they create weakness. Our weaknesses become exaggerated according to our imagination, which create an altered state of mind; this is where an unnatural behaviour ensues.

In simple terms, if we express sadness our mind will make us cry.  If we think we are tired our mind will shut our body down. All suggestions work in the same fashion, no matter how insignificant.

Naturally, the outcome of any suggestion is magnified depending on our imagination. The deeper the imagination the more severe the outcome.

It is through our mind that we see and experience. It is through our mind that we create.  It is through our mind that we evolve.

The Mind Mechanics

February 8, 2010

To date, the definition of the mind is still vague. The mind’s complete function and purpose is dismissed, or completely neglected. Current scientific findings entail uncertainties, which do not satisfy the inquisitive.

During the course of 20 years or so, I have been researching, to understand about human beings, about emotions, behaviour and the overall reasons for existence.  I discovered that all that we do relates to our mind. Whether we are feeling good, bad or otherwise.

Through my research it was evident that the mind has the capacity to deal with every single issue that life can throw at us. The mind is our memory bank, everything that we are and everything that we do travels through the mind first.

Our mind responds to our emotional perceptions and reacts accordingly.

By utilising my own mind and discovering its knowledge, power and authority, I reached a greater understanding about the mechanism of the human being.

The fundamental aspect of my findings was discovering the role of emotion. It became clear that the mind is either driven emotionally or logically, depending on our personal attitude and behaviour.

Emotions can influence us from the smallest emotion to the most extreme emotion. Either way, this triggers some serious consequences. The mind reacts and influences the body according to the type of emotion expressed.

In any given situation, if we react with uncertainty it is immediately translated into a form of fear.  Naturally fear brings restriction, perhaps not visible restriction, it could be mental or psychological.  When fear manifests we react with weakness.  Weaknesses create an imbalance between our mind, brain and body.  It is then where we become vulnerable to all forms of debilitating restrictions.

Our communication skills have improved, we are more aware of the many medical conditions that can affect us. The prevalence of these conditions is on the increase and most have no known medical cure.

The logic behind these conditions or the general human structure made it clear to me that if emotion is re-directed to thought, the mind will indicate the strengths and weaknesses in the most rational way.

Therefore it is in developing an understanding why, where, what, when, who, and how the emotion evolved and setting it into reverse.

Every person that I have worked with to re-train from a medical condition whether minor, severe or complex, including those who are paralysed, all have shown that when there is determination it is absolutely certain that improvement will be made.

All conditions can be resolved with ease and that occurs purely by using our mind and by reaching a higher understanding about its true power. The continuity of expressing emotions appropriately enhances the state of our mind and secures our wellbeing.

The mind is what we are. We are creatures of emotion and it is only by understanding our emotional influences that we are in a position to bring balance of mind, brain and body and emotions, to work in harmony and objectively.

Inquisitiveness about the self creates the desire to learn more about the self.  All you have to do is make that sacred time of communication between yourself and your mind.  Begin to listen so that you can understand about your own creativity and natural ability.

Ultimately the answers to your journey in life lie within you.

Written by Hratch Ogali.