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Is Depression A Disease You Might Ask - I Say Only If You Let It!
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Is Depression A Disease You Might Ask  -  I Say Only If You Let It!

You might have been asking yourself "is depression a disease?". While some may disagree with me with on this I'm going to go ahead and say it. (well I kind of already have in the title). It's going to be a disease to you but it's my opinion that this is only if you let it control your life.

It's inevitable that some people are going to disagree with that statement. It's only a personal opinion and something that as a depression (and I use this term sparingly) sufferer, I'm going into this new year with a fresh approach to life altogether.

Either sit around and mope about the house wondering what I've done to deserve a life like this, thinking that if I did believe in reincarnation that it would be just my luck to come back as me. The alternative choice is just to keep your chin up and get on with it.

That saying used to annoy the life right out of me, thinking that nobody understood about depression and never really thought to themselves "is depression a disease?" but instead viewed it as just someone that's down on life and having a bad day, then just someone that's down on their luck every other day.

A miserable soul that nobody wants the pleasure of sitting in their company.

That's one way to look at it.


You can make a decision to better you life.

There's always place for improvement in everyone's life and that's not just exclusive to people who are looking for help for depression.

The others that you might think of as normal everyday folks are always keen to improve their lives in one way or the other.

Why do you think that this time every year, there's so many folks going on diets? Some people that don't even need to.

It's because of a desire to better themselves. When you look good on the outside, you feel good on the inside.

You can apply that statement the other way around too.

When you feel good on the inside, you look good on the outside.

Having a positive outlook on life in general, although it is hard, it is what to do about depression and it does create a more appealing side to you.

A more approachable you.

There's certainly plenty of medications for depression out there and that could be something that has people asking themselves...

Is depression a disease?

I used to think depression is an illness but I'm now realizing that there's a lot of choices that have to be made. I can live the life I have as it is and feel miserable, or I can do something about how I feel by seeking out ways to improve my lifestyle and you can too.

You have to start somewhere and since depression is associated with poor sleep, you can use these tips for a better sleep as a starting point to a better quality of life.

Street Talk

Robbie, Great use of pictures! Hmm. I beg to differ with your choice of words! Depression is a disease. Unfortunately, it's also one with a big social stigma, "Just stop it!" or "Contagious?" as reactions from society at times. But!? Reading your article and your stated intent in your bio... I suspect what you're trying to say is the managing part of that! Choices do matter. As in, depression is a disease that can be managed through many choices. Much like juvenile diabetes. For example, I have a nephew who's now in college that has Juvenile Diabetes. Also a disease that can be managed. Lifelong, but manageable. Different disease, different management... mostly! Post- swine flu, post- repeated lung infections, post- major surgery, post- way-too-many-other-things!! I am recovering from a major depression with the help of medication. Drugs are not the only choice to manage. As in they sure don't do it alone! But drug-free didn't work for me. I'm just speaking of situational depression (hopefully that means temporary rather than lifelong as with my nephew!). Yet that's not any easier than other types. Part of managing it for me now is that I walk a mile to attend daily Mass. Then I walk a mile back. In the scheme of things, that's not a big time commitment. These are choices (walking and Mass) that are my own. It works for me. The combination is successful in getting me to exercise daily, out in fresh air, and sunshine. Even during bad spells, I recognize a need for that walk. Too many days in a row and I'm stuck with a mountain to climb. Singing! Praying! Listening to music! Stretching! Lots of stuff I include as choices that help me manage this disease. I keep paying attention and putting in choices that work, removing those that don't. Lots of stuff I do to manage... this disease.... as important for my days as my nephew's managing of his. blessings, Cynthia

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