Depression is a deep, dark hole of despair. Nothing can escape its grasp; not even light, reason, or sanity. Depression is often described as anger turned inward. Depression is not anger turned inwards; rather it is the product of fear and grieving. Fear of a specific something happening becomes devastating when it occurs. This causes grieving and the feelings of depression.
Depression begins with fear. As a noun, fear is a distressing emotion caused be the anticipation of suffering or the perception of danger. As a verb, to fear a specific something is to respect it, to acknowledge it, to think about it. In short the act of fearing a specific something produces the distressing feelings of fear. The act of fearing alone can contribute to many of the symptoms attributed to depression: loss of concentration, the feared specific something so occupies the mind that there is little power to entertain other trains of thought; low energy, due to the amount of physical and emotional energy spent being afraid; low mood, often brought down by feelings of fear and the physical stress of fearing. Physical stress can manifest as aches/pains, or changes in sleep/diet/motor activity patterns: all of which are associated with depression.
Fear is not always the sole cause of depression: fear can simply predispose people to depression. The actualization of the feared specific something can be what pushed people into the deep, dark abyss of depression. When what is feared occurs, trauma is experienced. This trauma can disrupt the person’s psychological and/or physical function. The person may become mentally/emotionally overwhelmed by the trauma and unable to care for other matters. They may become saddened by the situation. In short, they grieve. Symptoms of depression springs forth as part of the grieving process.
As the person heals from the trauma, the depression symptoms lessen. However, some people never fully heal. Past trauma predisposes people to future episodes of depression. As fears are affirmed and trauma occurs a cycle is born. Fear deepens and the actualization of the feared specific something creates more trauma and the trauma created more grief and makes it harder to recover. New trauma is a reminder of old trauma. Old wounds are reopened and grief is magnified. Depression symptoms flare up and deeper fear of a specific something is increased. A depressed person is trapped in a fearful and grieving cycle.
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