To truly understand what depression is you have to define it uniquely. Only then can you logically proceed to use it in real life to solve real problems and use it efficiently in useful goal achievement and meaningful communications with people.
Depression: n. many intense unpleasant feelings about oneself and life in general with much selfdoubt and a frustrating 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 rarely thoughts of (death and/or suicide).
Severe clinical depression is insomnia and inability to concentrate and no appetite and/or (thoughts of death and/or suicide) and nothing else!!!!!
The most important first step in behavior modification is to pay attention to the personal human body and mind and make the necessary changes there first and putting socialization in quarantine during the necessary reeducation or rehabilitation process.
Being able to take care of your own body is priority number one in any successful behavior modification.
The body needs appropriate care and good nutrition to keep it biologically healthy.
Reprogram the patient to take care of his or her own body with basic needs and teach the patient to buy and eat nutritious food and/or water.
Basic body needs:
1. Shampooing the sweaty smelly parts of the body only when they begin to smell bad and more frequently shampooing the hair to keep it naturally fluffy and naturally pleasing to the eye. The simpler the hair style the more efficiently it can be shampooed with a minimum of time wasted combing it or drying it.
2. The mouth also can smell bad but you should not eliminate the good smelly bacteria which takes care of plaque formation in the mouth without using toothpaste which unnaturally eliminates plaque eliminating good bacteria from the mouth.
Cats and dogs don’t use toothpaste and the smelly natural bacteria take care of the plaque for them.
To eliminate the mouth odor for about 4 hours or more teach the patient to slosh some water in the mouth for about three minutes during which time two or three mouthfuls of new water can be used. Teach the patient to slosh the mouth with water during the day, especially before making close social contact with relatives, friends, coworkers, and acquaintances once they get out of rehabilitation. My advice is don’t slosh the mouth with water at all but this may seem like too radical a departure from acceptable mythological social norms.
3. With basic body care complete teach the person what efficient clothes to wear on a daily basis.
Suggest seven complete outfits for each day of the week. Tell the patient that he or she can wear the complete outfits in any sequence for the week that he or she chooses or appeals to him or her the best. Tell the patient that wearing the same clothes three or four days in a row is socially acceptable, especially for men.
Teach the patient how to wash the clothes themselves when they get smelly or stained with food or oils.
Washing your own clothes by hand with biodegradable detergent is good therapy because it gives the patient a sense of selfworth and accomplishment and it is pleasant to do some useful physical activity yourself and also feel that you are saving energy and money and water by not using a washer. The clothes can be dried with a handheld hairdryer and thus bypass a huge energy consuming dryer appliance thus saving more energy and money.
Happiness and pleasure is found primarily by doing something useful in the moment physically and mentally and washing your own clothes can be very therapeutic towards increasing your happy moments. It is a social myth that washing clothes by hand is not a pleasurable activity. Once you learn how to do it quickly and efficiently it will become a source of personal pride in your life.
Also the amount of clothing will be severely reduced and it will be a pleasure to wash two or three outfits once every week or once every two weeks in the sink. If your patient is afraid of putting hands in detergent get the patient to use inexpensive surgical gloves for the washing procedure.
4. Teaching good nutrition comes next in importance. The first principle of eating and drinking is to only eat or drink when you are hungry or thirsty. Forget about the mythical social norm which brainwashes you into thinking that you must have three meals a day to stay healthy.
Tell your patient that they should eat only when hungry and supply them with many choices such as whole milk, frozen blood sausages, eggs, nuts, seeds, precooked soft frozen beans and grains in small plastic packets, raw fruits, and raw vegetables. If they are thirsty tell them that water is the most efficient thirst quencher around and the least expensive and the healthiest drink because it comes from natural rainwater.
If the patient rebels against such a novel choice of foods tell them that they are in therapy for clinical depression, a very serious illness, and that one of the priorities of the therapy is to modify the eating behavior of the patient for optimal successful healthy results which will improve the patients insomnia, concentration, and appetite.
To assist in the consumption of these foods you can supply a knife, nutcracker, and microwave to peel a fruit and slice or dice it, a nutcracker for hard shelled nuts unlike pecans which you can usually open with fingernails, and a microwave to defrost the beans, grains, and blood sausage.
Tell your patient that eating food as close to its natural state as possible makes for the healthiest food. Yes, the eating process is a little more time consuming but it is worth the extra time spent to get good nutrition into your body.
If you have a severely overweight patient tell them that not eating for a whole day or maybe two or more days is not going to be harmful to their health if they drink water when they are thirsty or even a glass of milk. Tell them that it will also help them reduce their weight if they take in fewer calories per day. Tell them that during therapy they will also be losing some weight and the amount of weight lost is up to them.
6. Isolation from friends and relatives is paramount because it is bad social relationships which caused the depression in the first place so there should be no family or friend visits for about a month and no cell phone communications with anyone. Also bad influences on the patient’s life from TV should be totally eliminated as a form of permitted entertainment.
7. No group therapy sessions with the patients because they are bad influences on each other and will only reinforce dysfunctional behavior and just show one that someone else is actually more severely depressed than they are. One should not get a feeling of superiority thinking that another patient is sicker than they are.
8. After eating healthy food at any time of day and rarely having to spend much time on personal body care there will be plenty of time to do constructive selfconfidence life building activities for the mind.
Here I recommend a personal laptop or desktop computer for each patient.
If the patient doesn’t know how to use a computer then I would recommend that you staff the behavioral education clinic with personnel who can teach basic computer skills for the internet.
6. Having provided a computer to surf the world and having taught how to use search engines looking for constructive things to do, you can then start to build personal selfconfidence that they can actually do things on their own for a change on the computer. This will create a partial feeling of selfmotivated confidence in one’s abilities which seemed totally lacking in the patient.
To avoid total shock from denial of personal worldly associations just start out with a preliminary entertainment website where they can play old favorite songs on YouTube with headphones so as not to disturb anyone else.
7. When they get bored listening to their favorite old songs give them a list of songs to experiment with which obviously should come from THE BEST OF THE BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD. Call this introduction to musical listening 101 if you like. They can constructively spend time searching for good new music to add to their repertoire of personal favorites.
Another thing which can be taught with the music is to help the patient begin to prioritize the important things in life. Ask the patient to list his or her favorite songs in a priority list with 100 at the top being the favorite and so on down to the least favorite song.
8. Teach the patients how to ask questions and get answers on Google, Bing, or info.com.
9. Send the patients to shopping sites like amazon.com to let them browse for products which they would like to have sometime in the future.
Teach the men to search car, motorcycle, and scooter websites for the latest models and their features or specs. Send the men to J. C. Whitney to look at auto parts and accessories.
Teach the women to go to real estate websites and search for their personal dream home of the future in all price ranges which they could potentially afford or could not. Then let them browse basic clothing websites with t-shirts and beach wear.
10. After fun exercises on the internet start introducing them to educational websites which teach basic skills such as calculator math and budgeting.
11. If they can read or even love to read send them to PopSci.com and have them read some of the articles which might interest them.
- 12. There is a place for “therapists” now called teachers in curing severe depression. They can introduce the patients to my website uldissprogis.com and then hold group teaching sessions where patients learn about how to develop good relationships with other people.
13. Not important initially but the patients can be taught how to keep in good physical shape with personal exercises at home and these exercises can also be done in the clinic. WHAT KIND OF EXERCISE DO WE REALLY NEED? December 29, 2012
14. For those who can read and even love to read and can look up the meaning or definition of words themselves they can be introduced to my books HOW TO SAVE MONEY and HOW TO IMPROVE YOURSELF: HOW TO GET WHAT YOU WANT; HOW TO SAVE TIME & MONEY and LOVEALL, MODERN PARENTING, and GOOD MODERN BEHAVIOR
15. During the treatment for severe clinical depression the patients will have plenty of mind improving things to do and read and discuss with teachers and other patients. In effect psychiatrists are no longer necessary in the treatment of severe clinical depression because it is fundamentally reeducating the mind and replenishing the body in a healthy way.
Give the mind the vital nutrition and information which it needs to function in society and give the person a healthy body with good food and exercise and the depression will disappear!!!!!
Sure, there may be some young infants who are born with severe clinical depression but they will die from not eating so severe clinical depression is not genetically inherited but is a chemical imbalance in the brain caused by bad eating, bad socializing but rarely caused by an absence of socialization.
If a person is a loner he will not suffer from severe clinical depression if the person is compensating for the lack of socialization with a selfmotivated useful goal(s) finding and goal(s) pursuing behavior(s).
I am the ultimate example of a selfmotivated loner who is happily pursuing a useful interest and am not in the least suffering from severe clinical depression as a result of it. I have no close friends or casual acquaintances and that is not impeding my progress in this world. Yes, I have a happy family life so I really can’t consider myself to be a total loner without human contacts. The age of mythological treatment of depression with drugs is over!!!!!