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Depression: n. creating many intense unpleasant feelings about oneself and life in general with much selfdoubt and a frustratead inability to find a worthy goal(s) in life which frequently exists with (an inability to concentrate and/or insomnia) and/or (no appetite and/or guilt) and/or (helplessness and/or hopelessness) and/or (feeling little pleasure in life and/or selfhatred) and/or rarely thoughts of (death and/or suicide) and these symptoms exist with sufficiently large frequency and duration

Depression is such a complex, vague, and inaccurate concept that diagnosis of degrees of depression is an exercise in futility. How many of the symptoms of depression do you need to exhibit before you are truly depressed and need counseling, behavioral therapy, or even medication for it? How intense and frequent must the symptoms be to accurately diagnose severe depression which needs immediate attention? No questionnaire is an adequate tool and hourly visits and talk sessions with the shrink is not enough time to make any kind of reliable diagnosis.

It is obvious that if you have all the symptoms of depression mentioned in the definition then you can be called truly depressed but is no appetite, insomnia, inability to concentrate, and hopelessness enough reason to start medicating someone with psychiatric drugs with side effects which often make the circumstances worse in the long duration?

Radical behavior modification or useful therapeutic techniques are the ultimate answer but unfortunately the cure often requires too much money and time and a new environment to be successful in curing depression.

Medicate a patient and place them in the same old environment of dysfunctional friends and bad circumstances and there is little hope that the depression will improve or get better. The only guarantee is that the patient will get addicted to the drugs and have more problems in the long duration due to their excessive addictive use.

Remove the medication and the symptoms of insomnia, inability to concentrate, etc. come roaring back with new and greater intensity and make living life a greater hardship. Are the real causes of the symptoms an overly stressed life, inability to bond with optimistic humans living healthy lifestyles, unhealthy food and drink, and inadequate sleeping habits?

How many primitive tribe humans can be classified as depressed? Almost none of them are depressed but are actively engaged in everyday living trying to survive in the wilderness.

Many modern humans are also trying to survive under mostly unnatural artificial conditions of modern society with little or no contact with nature for many of them. Many are living unsatisfying lives of relative isolation in cramped city apartments or sterile suburban homes with unhealthy social lives and unhealthy food and drink which impairs the brain’s natural functioning ability. Living a city life or suburban life for many is so stressful and unnatural that many succumb to their artificial environment pressures and start to become mentally impaired or depressed as the psychiatrists call them or good repeat customers for their drugs and “profession”.

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If you are getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night then you should not feel tired the next day and if you do feel tired and are not very old then you could try eating healthy with moderate exercise or consulting a physician to find out if you need a more radical lifestyle change.

Most of us with insomnia can attribute the cause to working too many hours or having such a frantic daily schedule that we can’t turn our active mind off enough to fall asleep at night.

Trying to maintain regular sleep hours or going to bed at the same time every night without interruptions can help but frequently you have to wind down or do something soothing and mind distracting about an hour or half hour before bedtime.

Try switching off all communications with the outside world and that means no cell phones or computers before bedtime. Taking your mind off of daily concerns and problems is vital and that means doing slow exercise, meditation, sex, a warm bath, or a pleasant soothing pastime such as listening to calming music, watching a somewhat boring TV show, or reading a rather boring but interesting enough book.

Taking over the counter sleeping pills regularly for two or more weeks will result in potency loss and your sleepless symptoms will resurface and only one of the side effects may be drowsiness and tiredness the following day.

Some humans on antipsychotic medication get many undesirable side effects with one being an inability to sleep more than 4 or 5 hours a night. If you withdraw from antipsychotics then you suffer acute insomnia.

Unless it is an emergency situation where you absolutely must be fully rested for the following day, do not use sleeping pills or prescription medication which puts you to sleep artificially and frequently results in greater sleep problems with habitual use.

Alcohol tricks some humans into thinking it is a sleep aid. The fact is that alcohol disrupts the quality of sleep and habitual usage can result in alcohol addiction or dependency. Getting drunk before bedtime once in a while is OK but just don’t make it a daily habit. If you do get drunk then do it only if you don’t have to work the following day, especially if you want a focused mind the following day.

Some physical laborers are alcoholics to some extent and it may not radically impact job performance but if you need a sharp mind to function effectively on the job then alcohol is definitely something which you should use wisely and sparingly.


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This link is to a blog which describes 10 sleep myths as written up in Prevention Magazine.


Myth: Everyone needs 8 hours of sleep.

Myth: Nodding off in the afternoon is normal

Myth: If you have insomnia, you need to go to bed earlier, nap, or sleep more

Myth: Napping will ruin your night’s sleep

Myth: You have to miss a lot of sleep before it affects you

Myth: You can catch up on sleep on the weekend

Myth: Exercising before bed keeps you from sleeping

Myth: You have to have insomnia to take sleeping pills

Myth: You’ll get addicted to sleeping pills

Myth: If you have work to do, it’s better to get up early than stay up late

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