What you have said sounds logical to me. They are reasons to be depressed but I would also have to say the psychologists/psychiatrists have a point too. There is probably an element of chemical/physiological as well but the cause (as you have written) comes from the enviroment. If you change the environment then you take away the cause and the chemicals will (normally) sort themselves out. I think the problem here is that you are letting global problems such as recession and inequality affect you on a personal level. jordaNzone's idea of not looking at the news for a couple of days is a great idea. My idea is to find a therapist who deals in CBT (Cognitive behavioural Therapy). In my personal, unprofessional opinion, it sounds like you need to change the way you think about these things. For example:
Instead of allowing inequality to cause you to be depressed, try thinking about it in this way: "Inequality is bad and what happens to ---insert minority group here--- is terrible. However since I cannot change the world, I will acknowldge the problem and make sure I do my bit to help"
Its just a thought but I think if you change the way you think about these things then I think you will help alleviate the depression.
If I have read your post right you feel your depression is caused by disillusionment. You feel there is so much bad going on in the world that it outweighs the good, and hope is useless. I get the feeling you do not want to see a therapist to learn how to deal with your feelings because they won't understand that you cannot change the world so it is easier to blame the world and the bad things going on for your depression. I am not judging, just trying to make sure I understand your feelings.
I have read some great posts here with ideas for you but you have the right to your feelings.
Each of us comes from a different walk of life with different experiences, nothing is perfect but I do believe we can each make a positive difference in the world if we choose a cause that is close to our hearts and work on making the world a better place. I have chosen to be an advocate for mental health.
Look how far we have come from the days of Insane Asylums, and Psychiatric Hospitals where the mentally ill were locked up. Educating others about mental health is my goal. Even if I only change how a few people look at the Mentally Ill I have accomplished much.
Reaching out to people in need has to be done by someone..............why not all of us that recognize the need and do the very best we can?
I wish you peace and I hope you find your answers to how to deal with your depression.
Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety, Panic & Depression *~*
Here you go Puffy, hope it helps, this prayer has been around for as long as I can remember, and reading it might help you a little at least.
The Serenity Prayer
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can;and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
written by: Reinhold Niebuhr
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