Depression? Minimize Your Triggers

There’s one clear cause of depression. There are social, environmental and genetic causes that contribute to depression, but to see the real cause we must look at your Temperament. Not getting your Temperament Needs met will cause anxiety which will lead to stress and then depression  This can make you feel powerless over depression.  Talk with our therapists about managing these factors to help you gain control of your depression and feel better.

1. Lack of Sleep

If you’ve had a good night’s sleep you’ll feel your best. And not getting enough can have negative effects. Some studies suggest that people with insomnia are 10 times more likely to have depression than those who don’t. If you have trouble sleeping, talk with our therapists…they may be able to help without medication. Getting exercise every day, keeping a regular sleep schedule, and limiting alcohol and caffeine can help.

2. Stress

Everyone has stress at one time or another. But ongoing stress from family, work or other responsibilities can take a toll on your mental health. If daily stress is adding to your depression, talk with your doctor. You can also try to reduce stress on your own by learning stress reduction techniques, getting regular exercise, and making time for things you enjoy.

3. Forgetting to Pray

When you’re feeling depressed, prayer may be far from your mind. But adding regular prayer to your day is one of the best things you can do for depression. When you pray (especially praying in The Spirit), it stimulates the Hypothalamus to releases chemicals that can reduce pain and improve your mood.

The hypothalamus has direct regulation of four major systems of the body, mainly:
a) the pituitary gland and all target endocrine glands;
b) the total immune system;
c) the entire autonomic system; and
d) the production of brain hormones called endorphins and enkephalins, which are chemicals the body produces and are 100 to 200 times more powerful than morphine.

4. Alcohol

Many people have a drink or two to feel better. But if you have depression, it may not be the best idea. Experts agree that it can be harder to treat your depression if you drink alcohol. Drinking alcohol makes you less likely to stick with your treatment plan and more likely to have trouble at home or work. Alcohol can also interfere with some medicines for depression.

5. Focusing on the Negative

Involving yourself in a local church is important when you have depression. But the church itself is crucial. Is the church a Word Church? Do they teach you how The Bible can help you beat depression? One study in children and teens found that girls who spent a lot of time talking with friends about their negative feelings felt more depressed. What to do? Instead of focusing only on negative thoughts, connect yourself with the Bible and a few good websites that can help! And make sure to spend time with friends who make you feel good.

6. Hormones

Women are more likely to have depression than men. One of the reasons may have to do with hormones, and how they change over time. This may be why some women feel depressed after giving birth—called postpartum depression. Rev. Linda Penewit can help women to deal wit these situations using Temperament and The Bible. Women may also be more prone to depression during ovulation and as they move into menopause. If you notice a change in your mood at different times in your cycle, see your Medical doctor, he may be able to tailor your depression treatment to meet your unique needs.

7. Not Getting Help

Depression can be treated. So if you’re feeling depressed, ask for help. Not getting help for depression can make you feel worse—and make the depression last longer. The sooner you contact us, the sooner you can start feeling better. Talking with Dr W H Penewit or Rev. Linda Penewit is a good first step.