How To Be Depressed

by Mark Ivar Myhre on January 30, 2008

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I don’t know why you’d want to read this, but here’s the steps on how to be depressed:

 

1. Select the right parents.

Maybe you believe, like I do, that every single one of us selected our parents before we were born. (For more info, check out the inspiring book, “Journey Of Souls” by Michael Newton. I highly recommend it. Actually, he’s got a few books on the subject.)

Anyway, the first step on how to be depressed involves the genetic component. Some people – like me – are predisposed to being depressed. Others will never be depressed no matter what happens in their lives.

Whether it involves the 5-HT receptors, or the basal ganglia, or something else, there is some difference in the brains of depressed persons. As much as I despise biological psychiatry for it’s degrading of humanity, I must admit there is a biological component of depression.

(Although I know for a fact that brain chemistry can be changed – often times quickly and easily. Without any drug whatsoever. I’ll be putting all the information together into a product called “Healing The Pain”.)


2. Create preverbal trauma.

Well, this one is easy! Almost everyone was traumatized to a certain degree in the first year of two of life. Not because parents are such horrible, rotten creatures, but because it’s hard not to be traumatized at that age.

Lack of adequate sleep alone will do it.

It doesn’t have to be any kind of physical abuse. Brain chemistry and body mechanics can easily go askew in the first few months of life. Too many body systems are still developing during this time; too many things can go wrong.

Maybe you heard about the study which found that babies exposed to consistent loud noises will end up with lower IQ scores.

In fact, there are very specific ‘windows of time’ during human development. It takes very little trauma at these times to create huge problems later in life. I don’t know of any studies carried out for depression, but its easy to imagine how real the effects can be.

For example, experiments with kittens found that if one of their eyes were sewn shut from the third to the eighth week of life, and then reopened, the kitten would be blind in that eye for the rest of it’s life. (This little experiment was worthy of a Nobel Prize, by the way.)


3. Learn to manipulate your emotions.

Again, this one is easy also. Everybody plays games with their emotions. We learn at an early age you’re supposed to stuff your emotions down; don’t feel them. Or else we’re conditioned to display melodrama rather than simply feeling and releasing our feelings.

But when you manipulate the flow of emotion, you’re blocking that flow – and it’s like damming a river or crimping a garden hose. Only worse. Not only do you build pressure, but you also separate yourself from your feelings.

And separating from your feelings always creates emotional pain.

4. Choose not to feel.

First we manipulate our feelings, so we’re feeling less. Then, we start hurting. So, as a solution, we cut off the flow even more. We deny the hurt as a coping mechanism.

But this creates even greater pain. It’s a vicious downward spiral. More and more, we decide to feel less and less. It keeps getting worse.

One day, the bottom falls out. The ground beneath us gives way. We fall down a dark hole. That’s when it goes from ‘painful’ to ‘depression’; when you fall down that hole.

And you can’t just walk away. Because you’re down in a hole. It’s too late. You’re depressed. You’ve lost too much power. You feel the heavy weight pressing down on you.

It’s like you fell through all those unpleasant emotions you refused to feel. Now, instead of suppressing and depressing them, they’re pressing down on you.

That’s depression. The world looks gray. Bleak. You’ve lost your mattering. Nothing matters.

If you’re still feeling hopeless, then you have something to work with.

If you’re beyond hopeless, then you need to start feeling hopeless. You need to be somewhere on the ‘hope scale’.

At this stage, it’s still not too late to end the depression.

To keep the depression going:

 

1. You must believe you’re a victim of something. Maybe you’re a victim of your brain chemicals. Whatever. The important thing – you must believe it will never get better.

You must believe you can do nothing.

You must believe you’re helpless.


2. You must continue to give your power away. By not feeling your feelings. Because if you do start feeling your feelings – like the wick of an oil lamp – you will ‘burn off’ those painful feelings AND you will be slightly more powerful.

The more you cleanly feel your feelings – with no story attached – the more powerful you become.

So to stay depressed, you must force yourself to not feel. Which takes what little power you have left.

See, most want to fight against their feelings – push them away – in a failed attempt to feel better. Fighting against your feelings makes things worse.

Embrace them instead.

Be like a sponge – or a wick – and let the feelings absorb into you, and they will naturally release. And you’ll naturally feel a little bit better… and be a little stronger.

It requires an entirely new mindset.

Most likely it’s the exact opposite of what you’ve been doing up till now, if you’re depressed.

 

{ 6 comments }

Goldie Davich March 26, 2008 at 8:58 pm

Thank you Mark!

Anonymous October 24, 2008 at 2:57 pm

Does it make you to be depressed? I want to be depressed

frogluver15 May 7, 2009 at 7:10 pm

hey, uh…just wondering. do u have an article on how to be emo?
and i think this article was great, thanks.

BeCka September 24, 2009 at 4:29 pm

This is going to sound weird, but I think I actually like to be depressed, I love to cry everyday, I guess this is the way I am and I must accept myself.
This actually helped me, thanks.
And keep on making more articles like this please.

Gemma January 12, 2010 at 4:19 pm

heh, ive wanted to be depressed for a long time for the attention.
yes that sounds wierd but srsly.
thanks.

bet clic January 28, 2010 at 7:38 pm

I loved the way you exlained things. Much better many here

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