Major depression is rampant in our society. Millions of people are on anti-depressants and seek professional help to alleviate their suffering. Millions more are on alternative healing remedies such as St. Jones Wart or amino acids. Do these remedies work? What can be done to feel better when major depression comes about?
The answer is obviously not simple, and each person must ultimately be helped in a tailor-made fashion. However, whether you are seeking help or not, whether you are using remedies or not, the single most important thing to keep in mind is this: the experience of major depression should be seen as “not you.” It is vital to understand there is “you” and there is “depression.” These two things are not the same. Realizing this deeply is one way to help cure depression.
Begin by being acquainted with depression as if it were a like “another person” living in your head. Notice it. I am sure it feels like it just takes you over, so start exploring that feeling. In other words, begin to gain a little distance from the depression. Begin to think of “it” and “you.”
You are a human individual; you are not “depression.” You are not your feelings and emotions. Feelings and emotions move through who and what you are, but they are not you. Underneath the feeling of depression, there is what could be called you: your self. However you define yourself, do not define yourself under the umbrella of depression. You have to get your self-definition from your full self, the wholeness of what you are. Alternatively, if you do have that label of “depressions” on your self, do not take it so literally. Do not take it seriously. Instead, see it as a label.
This un-labelling, to whatever degree it can be done, will offer some distance on any form of major depression. Then, you will be able to see if there is something else there.
Major depression is usually a layer over another feeling. Find out if that is true in your case. Is there another feeling you were avoiding? Are you angry under the depression? Sad?
Ask you answer this question, you will start to heal depression because your sense of self definition will not be so caught up in it. When you derive your sense of self from all aspects of your personality, not just the one feeling of depression, you will have a better chance to feel at peace.
When you do inner work like the above in addition to seeking professional help and you will truly be helping to cure depression.