Imagination and it's impact on depression

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tcardine
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   Posted 8/16/2012 5:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm doing some research on the role of one's thoughts when it comes to depression. Any information or suggestions where to do some additional reading would be most appreciated. How are dreams (while sleeping) and day dreams associated with depressive thoughts. When one is feeling overwhelmed and hopeless and their mind wanders into thoughts that reinforce their depressive tendencies. It may begin as supposing "What if..." thoughts. I'm interested in the development of depression that is initiated by external circumstances. A person starts to be impacted with difficult situations like unemployment, medical diagnosis, relationship issues, etc. What is going on mentally that brings about the depression rather than...what is the alternative?

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   Posted 8/16/2012 6:37 AM (GMT -6)   
What is this research for? You might have to get permission from administration if you are planning on using this information. If it is just for knowledge, that is okay. But if it is for something else, please let us know. And I don't know if members want to participate.

And welcome to the forum.

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   Posted 8/16/2012 8:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like you would be better off getting permission from a weekly support group or a controlled study group at a college.
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tcardine
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   Posted 8/17/2012 5:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I went through two long-term unemployment bouts during the past 4 years and a lot of added personal pressures and family tragedies. When I say "research" it is for personal research - not for anything public or professional. I've just been thinking about how one's thoughts begin to propel someone deeper into depression. I'm wondering how this works. What is actually happening in the person's mind. I remember feeling at a loss. I didn't know what to do. I had long-term goals...like improving my skills or adding a new marketable skill in order to become employable - but I also had immediate needs like paying my monthly bills and buying food for my family. I would feel overwhelmed by the fact that my immediate needs would require me to work menial jobs - as many as possible - which then would cause me to have no time to work on the long-term goals...which then would feed a hopeless feeling that I was running in a hamster wheel and I would be stuck working 18 hour days at dead-end jobs and barely surviving. Then my mind would start supposing 'what ifs' what if I had stayed in school? What if I had studied this instead of that? What if I hadn't married? What if I had never had children? What if I wasn't around would it be better?...So, now, things are much better - but I was just thinking back and wondering about the process of depression - the types of depression - and the role of imagination - daydreaming - and these what ifs...

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   Posted 8/17/2012 6:10 AM (GMT -6)   
yea, mindfulness is required with this. Practice staying in the moment so that your mind doesn't wander. You may even want to practice meditation. The only thing that gets us out of the "what ifs" is mindfulness and staying in the now. Good luck...

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   Posted 8/17/2012 9:56 AM (GMT -6)   
You may want to turn you energies toward researching "mindfulness" and "meditation" or "prayer" to help with the depression.

Depression is an illness and needs to be treated as one, although it can be treated with positive thinking habits also.

I would talk with your doctor if you have not done so already.
Be still and know there is Peace.

Kabir says: "Student tell me, what is God? He is the breath inside the breath". from the poem Breath.
DX: reverse Trigeminal Neuralgia;Cluster headaches; Atypical face pain; raynauds;complex PTSD; recurring MDD,disassociative disorder;
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