Depression can be disabling and affects millions of people each year. If you are depressed it could be caused by anger that you were not even aware of. This article gives you some of the hidden reasons that could be causing you to be angry and what to do about it.
In our country depressive disorders affect around 18.8 million adults each year. According to government statistics everyone will be affected by depression, either their own or someone else’s, during their lifetime. Depression can be hard to diagnosis. It has no set cause and can be triggered by a number of components and events. Causes range from genetic predispositions to disease, aging, traumatic events such as the death of a loved one or divorce, along with hormonal imbalances and drug or alcohol abuse.
If you are experiencing depression and go to your doctor for advice, most will make an attempt to determine the root cause of your depression. The problem is that most doctors don’t have the time to really determine what that root cause is and, as a result, there is a good chance you will receive a prescription for an anti-depressant. One problem with antidepressants is that they have been shown to work for only 35 to 45% of the depressed population.
Another problem with anti-depressive drugs is that they come with a host of side effects, none of which should be taken lightly. The standard anti-depressive drugs such as Prozac, (Aropax) and Zoloft all have serious risks, and are linked to suicide, violence, psychosis, abnormal bleeding and brain tumors. While you may have a legitimate diagnosis of depression, these drugs are may not be the answer you are searching for.
One problem with going to a doctor is that many people who suffer from depression are unable to succinctly describe what events have brought them to the point they are at. The second problem is that physicians seldom inquire about a possible link between suppressed anger and depression. Many people find psychological counseling more valuable, but it can be a long, hard road to return to a normal state.
While often overlooked, there is a definite link between anger and depression. While this link is not always the root of the problem, if you are diagnosed with depression, you might want to do a little investigating on your own. Although psychologists and psychiatrists are skilled in ferreting out the thoughts behind your depression, they are not mind readers. You know yourself better than anyone and you might be doing yourself a big favor with a little self analysis.
Experts tell us that anger and depression often do go hand in hand. People who have suffered any of the traumatic events described above may understandably feel anger. Somewhat like our British cousins, we've been trained to 'keep a stiff upper lip' in times of adversity. However, this does nothing for the anger that naturally accompanies these life changing circumstances. What happens when we suppress these volatile emotions? Where do they go? The problem is that they don’t go anywhere and we internalize them. With no way out the anger and depression grows within.
If you have suffered the death of a family member, you will naturally be depressed. This is universally understood. I experienced fairly severe depression when my parents died. The same goes with divorce. I was very depressed after my divorce. What is not common knowledge is that you may experience anger, like I did, and it can be of the dark-night-of-the-soul variety. Some people become angry at the world because of their inability to understand why life has dealt them such a trying blow. Life is seen as out of control and depression ensues.
If you suffer from diseases associated with aging, you may be simply tired of the physical pain you suffer, day in and day out. When you suffer like this, with no relief in sight, this physical pain can foster anger and there is no viable outlet. You can’t really blame anyone, not even yourself as aging is a normal part of life. But you feel pain and you become angry. As your anger grows it has no outlet and this is just another recipe for depression.
I am not completely adverse to taking pharmaceuticals for any type of disease. I have seen many of them do wonders for many people. But before you accept a prescription for an anti-depressant, make an analysis of the sources of your depression. Suppressed anger and depression do sometimes go hand in hand. If anger is playing a major role in your depressed state, share that information with a counselor. Getting that anger out in the open may help you relieve some of the symptoms of your depression.