For many people, it's actually possible to stop doing depression.
I have never examined a baby who had a problem with depression. When they are born, their mind is a clean slate, and it will take years of practice for them to learn how to do depresssion. It's also possible for them to learn how to stop doing depression.
People who suffer from depressive illness have a different brain chemistry from those who are not depressed. The real question is how that brain chemistry came into existence. Did the depression cause the abnormal brain chemistry, or did the abnormal brain chemistry cause the depression? How you answer this question determines wether you are a victim of your brain chemistry, or if you are it's co-creator.
Depression frequently runs in families, and there is evidence that your genetic make up may actually predispose you to the development of depression. Your genes don't make you depressed, but they make it easier for you to become depressed when certain conditions occur.
It is likely that certain individuals have an altered brain chemistry that gives them a genetic predisposition to the development of depression. Their genes don't make them depressed, but these individuals need to be extremely careful about the choices that they make and about the things that they put into their mind, because if they choose poorly, there is a high porbability that they will become depressed. They inherited a brain chemistry that makes is easier for them to do depression compared to the average individual.
Just because you don't have a genetic predisposition toward depression, does not mean that you will never get depressed. You can also make poor choices and fill your mind with toxic waste that starts the downward spiral of depression.You can actually create the chemistry of depression in your brain, and if you work hard at it, you become clinically depressed.
I believe that you have a high degree of control over your brain chemistry. What you put into your mind affects the chemistry of your brain. When you put in positive things, you push the chemistry in a positive direction. When you put in negative things, you push it in a negative direction. You are not the victim of your brain chemistry. In a very real sense, you are its creator.
The type of thoughts that you think determine the chemical environment inside your brain. If you choose to think depresssing thoughts, you create the chemistry of depression. If you choose to think anxious thoughts, you produce the chemistry of anxiety. If you choose to think negative thoughts, you produce the chemistry of negativity. If you choose to think angry thoughts, you produce the chemistry of anger.
If you don't believe that there is a chemistry associated with depression, why do you think that drug companies spend billions of dollars developing antidepressant drugs. Modifying the chemistry of your brain with antidepressants is big business.
Pharmaceutical companies would have you believe that the only way to modify your brain chemistry is through the use of their drugs. They are wrong. Every thought that you think is embedded in the chemistry of your brain at some level, and the thoughts that you put into your mind actually change the chemistry of your brain. The things that you put into your mind has a massive influence on the chemistry of your brain at a mollecular level. It really does matter what you put into your mind.
Far too many people depend entirely on the drug industry to tweak their brain chemistry to make them feel better, but they never change their mental habits. They never stop filling their minds with toxic waste. They never stop doing the things that have a negative impact on the chemistry of their brain.
My mantra for people suffering from depression is this:
When you choose your thoughts,
You choose your brain chemistry.
When you change your thoughts,
You change your brain chemistry.
You are not the victim of your chemistry,
You are its creator.
There is much more to the treatment of depression than popping pills in your mouth and hoping that you feel better.
If you believe the pill popping propaganda promulgated by the drug companies, then you will be at their mercy as they tell you about their latest and greatest discoveries that magically make you feel better. You may even end up taking two or more medications to "rebalance" the chemistry of your brain.
I am not denigrating the value of drug therapy in the treatment of depression. I am saying that pills are not enough. You need to stop doing those things that make you feel depressed. You need to start putting good things into your mind and push your mental chemistry in a positive direction.
Most important of all, you need to be evaluated and treated by a qualified professional who can give you advice about the best way to treat your depression.
If you want to learn more about how to stop doing depression, you can read Zero Tolerance to Negative Thinking. And if you want to learn how a positive spirituality can help you develop a healthy heart and mind, read Real Power: Maxing Out on God's Love.