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Defeating Depression. Part 1

Definition: Definition Of Depression

The general definition of depression is a psychological disorder that affects a person’s mood changes, physical functions and social interactions.



  1. Severe despondency and dejection, accompanied by feelings of hopelessness and inadequacy.

  2. A condition of mental disturbance, typically with lack of energy and difficulty in maintaining concentration or interest in life.

Webster dictionary defines Depression as” A state of feeling sad, but adds “ A psychotic disorder marked especially by sadness, inactivity, difficulty in thinking and concentration, a significant increase or decrease in appetite and time spend sleeping, a feeling of hopelessness and sometimes suicidal tendencies”.

Although many Doctors and counsellors can’t come up with the exact definition, would be safe to say that depression is form of mood that presses you away from happiness.

Depression is widely complex and varies through adolescents and also into a maturing person’s development.

Causes of Depression or Signs through Adolescents and you adulthood

  1. Rejection
  2. Developmental struggles
  3. Thinking negatively
  4. Stress of life
  5. Biological factors
  6. Anger
  7. Guilt
  8. Older more mature person
  9. Parental Concerns
  10. Physical appearance
  11. Stresses
  12. Aloneness
  13. Things spoken on to that person/triggers childhood memory

1. Rejection

With young people most times, if they are not encouraged in some way, low self-esteem will come into their environment. Parents are associated with this factor, we as parents need to be aware that this is a possibility. Some of the most damaging effect of neglect in a child’s life which is not so readily recognize is a detached parent. The lack of interest investment, involvement, and the reality of just being available is a major problem with children today. This s form of detachment has transferred from a problem level to crisis level. There can be many reasons given for the inactiveness. Marriage break ups, lifestyles, financial hardship, more than one child, mental health issues, selfishness, parenting skills may be lacking, behaviors etc. All are excuses, and may not hold much weight.

Parents are noted as the primary source of comfort, security and development in a young person. A young person will pick up and strengthen their self-esteem if those concerns are met.

Remember, the relationship between rejection and low self-esteem are close. This is common with young people, and a lot of times you may not be able to detect that the young person is depressed (very hard to notice). This system may continue as they get order into adult years and as an adult they may become professionals at hiding their depression.

2. Developmental Struggles

In this I’m referring to Physical development, meaning as a person grows a certain way there may be pressure to look a certain way. For example;

Psychologically looking in a mirror and drawing a conclusion in your mind of how you look may cause a depressive state.

People offering up there opinion of how you look or what you should do about your look.

Media plays a big factor on appearance especially for women, could contribute to depression

Now we know that not all biological struggles send people into a depressive state. But lack of exercise, side effects of drugs and no healthy diet can lead to depression.

Depression can also run in the family, familiar genetic strains may be a factor, but the key is staying healthy.

3. Thinking Negatively

A person’s way of thinking can contribute to a negative depressive state. To this we see three different areas;

  1. The future: Sometimes a negative thinking person views the future as not promising and will have something negative or bad to say about it. They see hopelessness as a drive to give up, Frustration; the ability to give up too soon and even being confronted with hard times. This concludes to the depressive person that end is near.
  2. How a Depressed person Views Self: They feel negative about themselves, they feel unworthy and decline on a lot of activities, they feel inadequate not thinking they can measure up, and they see themselves as weak and incapable.
  3. How they see their Environment: They see the environment as a burden of quicksand, a trap and a constant reminder of obstacles that the world is going nowhere.

There areas wear down the thinking of an individual and does not allow any positive reinforcement.

The best way to overcoming and defeating depression is by taking it one day at a time. For today, I leave you with these 3 causes for depression with the hopes that you identify them in yourself if you are struggling and find a way to come to terms with them. 

Peter Needham

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