As defined by the National Institute of Mental Health, depression is a common but serious mood disorder.
The website reports that “Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the U.S. Current research suggests that depression is caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors.”
Medications, psychotherapy, and brain stimulation are discussed as options to treat depression. Other tips include staying active and exercising, setting realistic goals, continue to education yourself about depression.
I’d like to add my own tip: educate yourself about joy, motivation, and spiritual worth.
Even if these attributes feel distant, they do exist. We see joy in other people. We feel the earth constantly motivated by renewing springs. We hear about the spiritual worth of finding peace and confidence within.
What if joy, motivation, and worth were created before us? What if joy, motivation, and worth didn’t need human beings, human personalities, or money to exist? What if joy, motivation, and worth were sustained by an unseen force that exists everywhere? What if we didn’t “get” joy, or own joy? Could it mean that we can’t lose it?
Is joy helping others? Is motivation the drive to share goodness? Is worth estimated by spiritual qualities of honesty, modesty, and letting go of materialism?
Quoting from science & religion to God
We must spiritually think for ourselves and image forth divine knowledge; otherwise, indifferent, self-destructive, and depressed behavior is believed to be our own thinking and it will be exhibited. We also need to encourage in others their right and responsibility to know and act on divine thoughts.
Don’t build up evil.
This human way of life can be awful to contemplate. Mortal existence can be the drudgery of pro-creating without love or building up false images rather than being an image of Spirit. Though mortal existence can be fun sometimes, it’s the blind leading the blind. Our passions and appetites end in pain. Superficial joys cheat us. Our gratifications get prickly. Then we die.
What do we gain through toil, struggle, and sorrow? We can gain the strength to bury our beliefs of perishable life and happiness, and reach for the immortal.
Truth causes us to be honest and care for ourselves and the environment. Love causes us to better ourselves, to fight for and share in a practical, meaningful life. We eventually realize that the consciousness of love is the only asset worth taking with us whether we move, change our image, or die.
Silent prayer, spiritual awareness, and obedience come with the grace of Love. We are worthy of Love’s grace. We can be patient with ourselves and with others, because in this complicated world most of us are rookies at internalizing the divine character.
Divine knowledge exists, is in force, and has ultimate power. Divine thoughts are intelligent, fruitful, unified; they belong to us.