Authored by William G. DeFoore, Ph.D.
Many types of depression develop as a result of unexpressed and unresolved negative emotion. Unresolved grief, unexpressed rage over past abandonment and abuse, or a general sense of defeat and despair can certainly create or contribute to depression.
Depression can even be understood as unexpressed pain, fear and anger "impacted" within your body and mind, creating a sort of system shutdown.
This shutdown then contributes to depression warning signs such as low energy, despair, flat affect, loss of energy and enthusiasm for life and love.
We're going to look at different types of depression here, from the mild levels that affect almost everyone at some point in their life, to extreme, chronic depression that prevents you from being able to function.
Marion Woodman, Jungian analyst and author said, "Anger is like a fist held down--magnificent energy wasted." Think of it like this:
Another way of saying this is that anger is strong energy, and keeping it inside takes a lot of energy, like having a battle with yourself. You can't win in a battle against your own emotions.
Good question! In some ways, getting anger out in any way can prevent many types of depression--but hurting yourself and those you love can also be very depressing! It is not uncommon for folks to:
The idea here is to become your own best anger management resource for emotional healing and full recovery.
There is a lot of information in medical literature that suggests that depression can be chemically based, and therefore only effectively treated with medication. This is something for you to explore, and decide for yourself.
Whatever you decide, I encourage you to consider these points:
The bottom line to what I'm saying here is that all types of depression will improve if not heal completely with emotional healing and healthy emotional expression.
Not sure if you are depressed?
Sometimes it's hard to tell for sure. Take a look at these depression warning signs to find out.
Remember--your healing comes from inside you, not from outside. Believe in yourself, do your research with trusted sources, then make the decision that feels right to you.