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How to Beat the Doldrums

I was on a sailing race recently where there was so little wind that it took 20 minutes just to get across the start line. And then it got worse! After two hours, we had gone only a few miles. All the boats were slowly turning around in place - we were literally in the doldrums. The race became a contest of patience - mind over circumstance. We couldn't change the wind but we could choose to stay in the race and make the best of it. Depression is like this. Our lives are sometimes not working for us. We cannot change our situation. We can only somehow deal with our difficulties until our circumstances improve.
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Causes of Depression

It was surprising to see how people responded to our question about the biggest cause of their depression. In my experience it seems popular for individuals to say that their depression is caused by a "chemical imbalance" in their brains. The largest number of our respondents in our poll said that trauma, death of a loved one or stress brought it on.

Trauma is indeed a cause of depression. The most severe version of can be Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Stress or anxiety can lead to depression because of the dysfunctional or distorted thinking that often accompanies both.   Read More »
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