Author: Harjasbir Singh
Parenting,Children and Education
Parenting is no easy road. Everyone has its own experiences to share and advice. There is a growing awareness in society that many social problems are the result of inadequate parenting education; parents are not automatically equipped to cope with the challenges of child rearing with so many social,technological,financial,behavior,emotional and mental changes etc. This problem got worse even with the increased numbers of mothers working outside the home, increased rates of divorce, greater distances from extended family, increased involvement with electronic media, and more overloaded family schedules etc.
Impact of Technology and Media : Mobile addiction is encroaching the mind of youngster and the chunk part of their energy is being consumed by it. Now in these days,the maximum world of children is limited to 7 inches screen only. Even if there are four or five members in family, everyone has its own world confined to mobile screen without paying heed to the social and emotional needs of each other. In another words, living under single roof, everyone is busy in its own virtual life. The use of mobile and media is meant for information and communication. The access use of it, gives way to addiction. Addiction of mobile effects the physical,emotional and mental health of children. Scientifically, Mobile creates micro programming, giving temporary pleasure to the users as it produces Dopamine in our mind. With due course of time, the demand of Dopamine receptors starts multiplying and this process creates different types of disorders in Human behavior like ; aggression, depression, anxiety, suicidal tendencies etc.
Worries of Parents; All of these changes can make the job of parenting more challenging.But the most common questions popping up in the mind of parents are; What’s most important for children to learn? How and where does learning happen? How can parents put their best foot forward to support their children’s learning and growth?How can we get success for our wards? How to protect them from bad influences?
We, as parents, pay maximum attention towards the formal learning and futuristic goals of children, forgetting their natural talents, emotional quotients and ethical values. We force our children to excel in class, we put them in blind race of marks and grade system. Education or Knowledge is above marks and grade. Let me quote the Abraham Lincoln’s letter to his son’s teacher in which he asks teacher to teach his son;
How to see the versatilities of the world,to recognize the real face of people,how to be honest preferring get fail to succeed with cheat,how to face defeat with grace and enjoy the victory,how to stay happy while coping with sadness and steering away from envious. He also asks teacher to teach his son the mystery of Universe,values of books and importance of faith in himself etc.
Let’s us introspect what we prefer for our kids to be taught.
Tips FOR Parenting: Children are not our property just because we give birth to them. Children come through us; not for us. Every child is special, gifted with some kind of natural talent. We often commit blunder with our over intervention, overfeeding, and overexpectations etc.
Comparison or Competition : We should avoid comparing our child with other one as every child is unique and special. Instead sincere efforts should be done in finding natural traits of our wards. No two children are alike, differences are there and will be. Someone excel in study, other one can be creative, artist, good player also. So what we are to do; is to accept the child as its without putting pressure on it. Don’t put your child in cut throat competition as this process make your child selfish and haughty.
Results v/s Efforts: A kid is evaluated with Its results by parents and teacher, if result is good, child is applauded or awarded and with weak result, he or she is scolded, punished or even we don’t hesitate to put label on child. The whole process is psychological wrong, we should evaluate our children with their efforts saying, “Beta, your efforts are praiseworthy or you can do better even if you do more efforts etc.” This is positive approach.
Acceptance v/s Rejection: Accept your child the way he or she is, even with its flaws. When we criticize our kids on any ground, they seek the acceptance of same in their peer group and this process creates a rift between parents,teacher and kids that keeps on widening with due course of time. With continue rejection either by parents or teachers, children become rebellion and they start taking us their enemies. Teenagers go to their friends with their problems and they avoid discussing with their parents. So very tender and sensitive approach is required to deal with the area as; if we feel our child is wrong, instead of putting label or scolding, counter him or her lovingly with logic.
Logic v/s Aggression: If we know that our children are going astray or doing wrong, the best way to tackle the situation is to stay calm and use logic because with aggression we become unstable ending in bitter relationship. With balance approach, we can be able to understand their problem in better way and guide them properly.
Understanding v/s Authority: As earlier said that children are not our property; they are living being like us. We need to understand our children in their true spirits and we should avoid behaving authoritatively.
Need v/s Wish: Need can be fulfilled but wish can’t. We create disturbance while becoming the financier of our children. Practically, Even a rich can’t meet the wishes of his or her wards.
Success v/s Happiness: As we go through the letter of Abraham Lincoln to his son’s teacher, we find what a true father wish for his son. This is very inspiring letter for teachers and parents. At the cost of children’s happiness, success is just a mechanical producing anxiety,depression,disorders and stress etc.
Let’s find the true world of our children with positive, sensitive and balanced approach discarding the negative tools like putting labels,authoritative behavior, overcare,pampering, over intervention, over questioning, comparison with others etc. Child is priviledge, we can give birth to body not to life. There may be difference of thoughts between parents, teachers and children, this is the beauty of life, we should accept it. Ups and downs are part of life, we should avoid showing our kids the bright side of it only.
Now in these days we are living a virtual life in our gadgets. We should detoxify our routine while sparing valuable time for our kids or children. Let’s hug our children with their flaws to guide them through lovingly. This is need of hour and this is what we can give to the society.
Looking forward to your valuable comments to improve my thoughts….
Harjasbir Singh (Principal)
Schizophrenia Is A Mental Disorder
Symptoms And Treatment
Schizophrenia is a chronic brain disorder, affecting almost 20 millions people world wide. Patients of Schizophrenia experience Auditory hallucination, Visual hallucination, delusions, disorganized speech and thinking patterns and lack of motivation. Schizophrenics, sometimes, found talking to themselves as if they were talking to someone. In paranoia cases , patients assume that someone is hatching conspiracy against them and wants to kill them.
The causes of Schizophrenia are complex and are not fully understood. These are similar like other psychiatric disorders; genetics and family history, environmental factors, and changes in brain chemistry such as Imbalance in Dopamine and Serotonin Hormones.
The National Institutes of Mental Health(NIMH) estimates approximately 1.1% of American adults will be diagnosed with schizophrenia at some point in their life. Schizophrenia can occur at all ages but tends to occur in the late teens to the early 20s for men, and the late 20s to early 30s for women. Experiencing schizophrenia at ages younger than 12 or older than 40 is very uncommon.
Positive symptoms: It Includes Auditory Hallucinations( hearing voices that are not audible to others surrounding persons), Visual Hallucinations(seeing Images that do not exist for others), paranoia , distorted perceptions, beliefs and behaviors.
Negative symptoms: A loss or a decrease in appetite, lack of motivation(Avolition), speak, express emotion and Inability to find pleasure (Anhedonia).
Disorganized symptoms: Confused or disordered thinking and speech Patterns, trouble with logical thinking and sometimes bizarre behavior or abnormal movements.
Cognition symptoms: is another area to be affected in schizophrenia leading to problems with attention, concentration and memory, and to declining educational performance.
Treatment: Schizophrenia is a chronic disease, having swear intensity and the person suffering with it, start doing abnormal behavior. It is taken as a social stigma and the patient is treated as insane. Due to this, in most of the cases, family members hide the facts. In number of cases, sufferers are outcasted, resulting in making the case worse. Sometimes, It is assumed as a supernatural phenomena and people caught in superstitious activities to exorcise the evil spirits in patients. In this way we spoil our time as well as money without any use.
First of all , Schizophrenia should be taken as a disease not as supernatural phenomena or social stigma. Proper care with patience is required to the patient instead of making one feel low. Though there is not a proper treatment of it , yet with medication and psychosocial support, the Intensity of it can be reduced to some extent. Recovery also depends on how early we recognize it and visit to doctors.
Antipsychotic medicine can reduce the intensity of psychotic symptoms. They are usually taken daily in pill or liquid forms. Doctor can conduct blood work on regular basis with purpose to know if applied medicine is working properly or have any side effects . Patients have to be in regular connected with doctors.
Behavioral therapy, behavioral skills training, supported employment, may help address the negative and cognitive symptoms of schizophrenia. A combination of these therapies and antipsychotic medication is common. . They can help people pursue their life goals, such as attending school, working, or forming relationships. Individuals who participate in regular psychosocial treatment are less likely to be hospitalized.
Family Education and Support
Educational programs for family members and friends offer instructions about schizophrenia symptoms and treatments, and strategies for assisting the person with the illness. In this programme special training is given to nears and dears so that they could help patient recover and be part of mainstream.
As we know, Schizophrenia is chronic disease with no specific causes and having complex symptoms. So, with single approach, It is hard to treat the patients. To bring the patient in mainstream, holistic approach is required Including; Antipsychotic medication, Psychosocial treatment and Training programme of family members etc. It (Schizophrenia) should be taken as disease with social acceptance. Love and patience are tools which could help rehabilitation of patient. In some cases , It is found that patients kept chained or outcasted from society, this is wrong approach. Attention should be paid equally as we do in other diseases.We can contact to the institutions, working on this subject like; Schizophrenia Research Foundation (SCARF) and The National Institutes of Mental Health(NIMH)
Report On Catholic Church(France), Its Findings and Religious Sentiments…….
The Independent Commission on Sexual Abuse in The Church was set up in 2018 at the request of the Catholic Church in France in response to growing criticism of its handling of unethical activities in churches. The Commission submitted Its report of 2500 pages on Tuesday dated October 05, 2021 revealing that Clergy members in the Roman Catholic Church in France sexually abused more than 200,000 minors over the past seven decades. It also figured out that the problem was much more pervasive and systematic than earlier known.
While submitting the report Jean- Marc Sauve, The President of Commission remarked at a News Conference in Paris on Tuesday(October 05, 2021,“The church failed to see or hear, failed to pick up on the weak signals, failed to take the rigorous measures that were necessary.” For years, the church showed a “deep, total and even cruel indifference toward victims,”
Éric de Moulins-Beaufort, the archbishop of Reims and the president of the Bishop’s Conference of France, called the commission’s findings alarming and expressed his shame, saying;
“Their voice moves us deeply. Their number overwhelms us, It goes beyond what we might have imagined,” he added. “Today, I want to ask for your forgiveness.”
We can’t put all priests in same line that is drawn in the report submitted by Commission. We also can’t deny the role of those clergymen who showed the right path to the people and offered their whole lives for the betterment of Humanity. We can still find such souls working on Noble Causes. No doubt, with this report some pious and respected priests suffered a lot and they publicly felt shame also.
We often live life on two pedestal, One is mind and another is body. What is going on in our mind is not clear to society, until or unless It turns into some kind of actions. We move pillar to post to meet the demands of our body and we forget to pay attentions towards our mind which adopts needs of body and starts catering to body automatically.
Special education is given in seminary to those who chose to be priests as they are to become spiritual master. They are taught how to deal with every aspect of life, but this Incident, put a question mark on the functioning of Educational Institutions also. It seems to be that they(Clergymen) are trained to perform rituals in the name of spiritualism. Moreover, spirituality can’t be taught as it is the inner voyage of Individuals who practise it.
How can a teacher edifies his students those things that he, himself doesn’t practise? Really the above said report moves the whole God Fearing World. It indicates towards hollowness in the character of those persons who are authorized to guide the society inwardly and outwardly.
The Holy places are meant to uplift the souls, show the divine path and cater the spiritual needs so that one could live life in ecstacy putting aside his distress and apathy. If the people visiting in pious places, start becoming prey to the so called clergymen, then It is natural to come into mind from where they can receive the ray of light. No Religion in this World does ever proclaim this kind of teachings then why the so called Priests involved in these practices? How can these clerics preach people with such type of exploits? But main question is;
Why did the clergymen indulge in aforesaid practices?
The rift between preaching and practising denotes towards the fakeness of their life. It is easy to follow any religion and become follower or Priest of that but It is quite hard to walk on Spiritual path shown by Prophets. Issues pop up, when we start preaching principles of religion to other people without Implementing those in our own lives. Religion enlightens us how to become master of our senses without suppressing the forces of them(Senses). Spiritualism is a journey of inside and to go inside, prophecy should be observed in love and spirits. When we get deprived of spirits, the religious practices become fake and rituals.
Religious Sentiments: Not only does this report expose the functioning of Catholic Churches, but it hurts the sentiments of those who have faith on them. The main concern is belief of people that matters more as they don’t expect such happenings from revered Institutions. Few people of having poor mentality, become the cause of shame for those also who are honestly dedicated to the service of society.
Measures should be taken seriously and truly so that such type issues could be evaded in future……
Human Instincts and Rhythm “0”
It was the talk of 1974 when an Art Show Rhythm “0” was performed by Serbian artist Marina Abramović in Studio Morra, Naples . It was 6 hours Show which lasted from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The work involved Marina standing still before the audience, those who were invited to do to her whatever they wished, using one of 72 objects she had placed on a table. These included a rose, feather, perfume, honey, bread, grapes, wine, scissors, a scalpel, nails, a metal bar, and a gun loaded with one bullet etc. There were no separate stage for audience, infect Abramović and the visitors were sharing the same space, making it clear that the latter were part of the art performance.
Purpose: The motive of this show was to know the Human Propensities in this type of situation, where everyone was absolutely free to do to her whatever he wished for. As she was standing before audience with commitment not to resist and another concern was to check that what the people could have in their mind and for what extent, they could go.
Abramović said the work “pushed her body to the limits”. Visitors were gentle to begin with, offering her a rose or a kiss. Art critic Thomas McEvilley, who was present, wrote:
“It began tamely. Someone turned her around. Someone thrust her arms into the air. Someone touched her somewhat intimately. The Neapolitan night began to heat up. In the third hour all her clothes were cut from her with razor blades. In the fourth hour the same blades began to explore her skin. Her throat was slashed so someone could suck her blood. Various minor sexual assaults were carried out on her body. She was so committed to the piece that she would not have resisted rape or murder. Faced with her abdication of will, with its implied collapse of human psychology, a protective group began to define itself in the audience. When a loaded gun was thrust to Marina’s head and her own finger was being worked around the trigger, a fight broke out between the audience factions.”
As Abramović described it later: “What I learned was that … if you leave it up to the audience, they can kill you … I felt really violated: they cut up my clothes, stuck rose thorns in my stomach, one person aimed the gun at my head, and another took it away. It created an aggressive atmosphere. After exactly 6 hours, as planned, I stood up and started walking toward the audience. Everyone ran away, to escape an actual confrontation.”
Rhythm “0” was not an art work only, It exposed the buried Instincts of Human being and bring them to the surface. Let’s discuss it from different perspective;
We often have such type of deep rooted elements inside us that were pressed forcibly owing to the concern of society and its so called value system or with the fear of Law breaching and punishment. Most of the times, we are not aware of the forces of these instincts and they remain hidden in our innermost, as soon as favorable moments are there, they pop up and trigger the motion.
How do these elements intrude and become the part of our mind?
As the proverb says , “As you sow, so shall your reap.”
Nature teaches us perfectly, as Aristotle says , those seeds sprout only, that which are sowed . Keeping this line in view, let’s us ponder on our daily activities, suppose we commit any wrong, we try hard to hide it. In reverse to it , if we do good deeds, we expose to the people instantly,resulting in losing their values; just as we throw seed on barren land with no use. This way, we sow the seed of blunder inside us and further these get nested in our mind taking the form of uncontrolled forces. Surprisingly we are not aware of their practices. This practice has been going on for many ages . Sometimes we get astonished with our own deeds saying,
” Ah ! How could I do it ? “
If freehand given, the peaceful environment turns into the condition of Anarchy and It unveils the ugly face of Human predisposition. As in this show, it took a little time for so called civilized humans to become animals.
As Guru Arjan Dev Ji says in Sri Guru Granth Sahib; They belong to the human species, but they act like animals. They curse others day and night. Outwardly, they wear religious robes, but within is the filth of Maya. They cannot conceal this, no matter how hard they try.
We are not alike inside and outside. We always wear mask to pose what we are not and these masks keep on changing from person to person in different conditions. So our chunk of energy get vanished while maintaining the hoax fabrications of life.
Now question is; ” Are we carrying our fake personalities?” The answer lies in our Introspection.
Conclusion: We should not take ourselves civilized as we are living in ( so called ) civilized society, we become civilized only with the inculcation of values. We usually looking ourselves into the mirror while dressing up to make it sure how we look like but we often forget to look into our mind which reflects our personality actually what we have. So, to channelize these forces, we need to go into our Innermost with the help of Introspection and meditation tools . This is the way to repair our Inner World.
Let’s look inside and become aware of these hidden elements so that we could become the master of our deeds….
Trap is nothing;It’s our Ignorance
The life is a journey to be the owner of our senses but we live our whole life in the slavery of them. We are taught how to look at the outer world without paying even least attention towards the inner sides of us. The life, we are living, is not being lived by us, actually life is being driven by the forces of five elements; Lust, Wrath, Greed, Attachment and Ego dominance of them, act as a trap making us helpless. With the absence of self awareness, life even becomes automatic and mechanical.
Suppose a person used to go to office daily with his bag, and one day he has to take a Lunch Box with him , you would be surprised to find him back without Lunch Box. Now question arises how someone could forget to carry Lunch Box back. The answer might be something else if you ask to the person concerned, but one thing is clear that the Lunch Box is not the part of his daily routine. This is the Mechanism of life.Our senses respond to the stimuli outside as governed by the hidden elements inside us. Suppose a person wants to get rid of greed but he can’t, as soon as opportunity appears, his deep rooted greed gets activated automatically making the person helpless.
A monkey is caught in trap due to greed otherwise it is hard to catch. A large animal like Elephant slid to trap owing to dominance of its lust. Birds are caught in net as they don’t know about trap , they only see their food scattered . Wherever we go, whatever we try to do, hidden trap is lying every where and interestingly we can’t see this as we get blind with the activation of hidden vices inside. In our house, we often see rat trap, a piece of bread is put in the trap, a rat doesn’t see trap, it sees only a piece of bread inside. Traps are unimaginable suffering for all those who encounter it.
These five elements enslave our body and put it on auto driven mode. Though we can’t see them with naked eyes, but results of their functioning come to surface with different forms of sufferings.
We never say I do anger, infect we get angry and the mechanism of relieving, as suggested by Psychiatrists, is to become aware of our angerness. A good number of examples are there of so called religious preachers those who teach the people how to tackle with the vice “Lust” but they, themselves entrapped in lustful activities, becoming the Head Lines of NEWS. The whole advertising industry is working on this formula. How can we deny the exploitation of people, made by some companies in the name of doubling their deposited money? How many people are there who become prey to so called Love (Attachment)and faced emotional crises in their lives? The World has faced the Wars and mass destruction, initiated by the arrogant Dictators. Surprisingly, we know clearly about above mentioned stuff , even NEWS are there to endorse these unlawful businesses, yet we get entrapped. Then question arises, “How is it happening?” The presence of unrestrained secret forces, working in our innermost, is the only root cause of this problem. This process puts us into Trap and unfortunately we hold something and someone responsible outside. Instead of looking inside and mending our ways, we try to repair the World outside. It gets even more worse when we start finding solution again outside, without realizing the root cause of our problems lying inside us.
I remember a story of a lady saint who was finding her lost needle out side of her home in the full moon light. She was old enough, so for sympathy sake, some of her neighbors came out to help her out. It took a lot of time for all but they couldn’t find. At last one of them asked lady saint,” Where is your needle lost?” She replied, ” Inside the home.” Every one got mad and asked ,”why are you finding outside then, you should find your needle where it was lost.” She smiled saying that this was what I wanted to teach you all. I came out due the light of Moon as there was dark inside my home. So this is the story of all of us. We often find ourselves out side where as we are lost inside. Actually, the troubles , we encounter in our life , are not coming from somewhere else and no one is responsible for them, these are the consequences of our deeds. As we know, our deeds are governed by Five Vices. We usually spend the whole life finding faults with others and get upset. Here we commit blunder, this is wrong formula and with it we get astray, With this type of life, we get upset and treat the others same way. We create toxic environment surrounding us and become easily prey to some kind of mental Disorders.As Guru Nanak Dev Ji Says;
Dadda: Do not blame anyone else;blame instead your own actions.
Everyone wishes others move according to him.We often say someone’s behavior is intolerable. Is it possible to change everything or everyone as we like? Answer is “NO”. We can’t change every one but with mending ourselves we can be able to change the world. As Guru Nanak Dev Ji says:
Now main issue is, “How can we be at Peace?” In the Saloka of Baba Farid Ji , I found a befitted answer to this question as;
If you reform yourself,you shall meet me, and meeting me, you shall be at peace.
Whatever we wish for that is inside us, searching outside is the confusion of mind. As Guru Arjan Dev Ji says;
I have quit searching outside; The Guru has shown me that the God is within the home of my own heart.
Now let’s consider it another way. The Five Forces are Evil only when we are slave to them. As soon as we explore ourselves,we recognize our root, We learn the right uses of these forces, we become owner of our life. With our awakening of deep sleep, awareness leads us and trap becomes clear to us.Coming to Conclusion, Trap is Nothing; It is our Ignorance.
Let The Ignorance Fades Away and The Awareness Shines The Path…
Depression Is Nothing But A State Of Mind
Life is very complex , unpredictable and ever mutable. Nothing is permanent and perpetual on this Planet. Everything what we see and feel (Even an iota of Particle) has its own entity, frequency and momentum. Whenever we try to hold any part of life which is in flow, we become restless and the whole biological and psychology set up turns into some kind of disorder.To understand the flow and to be in flow,is the philosophy of life. “That which offers no resistance, overcomes the hardest substances. That which offers no resistance can enter where there is no space. Few in the world can comprehend the teachings without words, or understand the value of non-action” Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching Now in these days , life is very fast. Every one is working like a cog of machine hence creativity seems to be missing in our daily life style. In hectic schedule and time bound activity, we often forget to evaluate our potential . Our circle of aesthetic sense is shrinking. We are getting more engaged to our routine work . This is what the mechanism of life today . We have no sufficient time to go deep into ourselves and repair our inner world. As Guru Nanak Dev Ji Says; “
Nanak, the whole world is in distress. He, who believes in the Name, becomes victorious.“
To know outer world is knowledge but to know oneself is true wisdom. According to WHO , approximately 280 millions people are affected with depression worldwide. The number of women suffering with it is even more than that of men. Although there are known and effective treatments available , still 75% of people with low and middle class income , remain deprived of it.
In lack of awareness and education ,this problem is getting worse day by day.
Unaware people make it dangerous while associating it with superstition and black magic. This practice is prevalent in many part of the world. The people who perform it (Black Magic),entrap the innocent people. In the name of so called unscientific treatment, they exploit the emotions , trust and assets of them. No. of examples are there showing the bad results of these measures.
What is depression: According to American Psychiatric Association, Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act
Depression is a rift between expectation and reality .It seems to be absence of Nowness . The behavior of the person with depression,is characterized with the element of some kind of complex. In other words we can say that it (Depression)affects the sufferer Biologically and Psychologically. It always makes the patient feel low Physically as well as Mentally. If I am to define it(Depression) in single line,that is; Depression is the state of indifference in Mind, Body and Spirit. Mind is the master of every type of activity . If mind is stuck with any thought of complex either superior or inferior, it starts working accordingly.Depression is the condition of hopelessness. So, as we see, every spiritual master focuses on mind to uplift the life of human beings .
While discussing the Classical Depression Eli Siegel says; Finding the world dull so that we can be superior to it is the cause of classic depression. However, it can take all sorts of specific forms. ( The Philosophy of Depression) \
Types of Depression: Persistent Depressive Disorder : When the phases of depression last for two year , it is called Persistent Depressive Disorder.
Postpartum Depression: It is the after baby birth depression and last for two weeks, in this phase mother feels low and exhausted.
Psychotic Depression: The person affected with this kind of depression develops Delusion and Hallucination.
The Seasonal Affective Disorder: It is common in the season of Winter when there is less exposure of Sun Light.
Bipolar Disorder: In this condition person feels sometimes low and sometimes experiences extreme high. These moods are called “mania” or “hypo mania” depending on the severity.
Causes of Depression:
- Abuse: Physical, sexual, or emotional abuse can make you more vulnerable to depression.
- Age: Elderly people are at higher risk of depression. Loneliness, physical issues, social deprivation and unfulfilled expectation make it more worse.
- Death or Loss: The death or loss of a loved one, can increase the risk factor of depression.
- Gender: As per the study presented by WHO, Women are more prone to depression than that of men. Reason may be the more hormonal changes, occurring at different phases of their lives.
- Genes: In some cases this problem is found genetically, that comes with the travelling of affected genes from one Biological generation to another.
- Major Events: Sometimes major overhauls in life like Marriage, Divorce, Migration, Loss in business and Loss in job etc. leads to the cause of Depression.
- Substance Use Disorder: Addiction of any kind of Substance like Alcohol, Cigarettes, Opium, Opium husk and Synthetic Drugs etc. plays a vital role in aggravating the condition of Depression.
- Other Disorders: Disorders like Obsessive Compulsive Disorder(OCD),Tardive Dyskinesia and Dyslexia etc. might worsen this problem.
- Chronic Diseases: People suffering with any type of chronic diseases are easily exposure to Depression.
- Certain medications: Some drugs, such as isotretinoin (used to treat acne), the antiviral drug interferon-alpha, and corticosteroids, can increase the risk of depression.
Symptoms of Depression: Numbness , Loss of interest in normal life, Trouble in eating & Sleeping , Decreased energy , Decreased self esteem , Short temper nature , irritating behavior , poor management of relationship and persistent thought of something bad happening etc.
Mechanism Of Depression: When some unexpected thought triggers the mind, it disturbs the whole Biochemistry of body. The disturbed body further generates the perplexed thought which again imbalances the Biochemical reaction in mind. In this way, this process keeps on going and becomes a vicious circle.
Treatments: First of all it should be understood that depression is a mental disease and it is curable. Various treatments are available now in these days with different approaches to it. As it is a mental disorder , so there is not a specific treatment suitable for all. Everyone has it’s own behavior with different sustenance power to cope with it. In this way , it is up to the Psychiatrist to decide after examining the patient and intensity of disorder what type of approach to be adopted . Here we will discuss some common techniques only. Psychotherapy: Psychotherapy is generally used to describe the process of treating psychological disorders and mental distress through the use of verbal and psychological techniques. Cognitive Behavior Therapy: (CBT) is a talk therapy designed to helps you change any negative patterns of your behavior that may be contributing to worsen your depression. Interpersonal Therapy: Interpersonal Therapy is based on the idea that depression can be related to our relationships. Therefore, with this technique, Therapist helps you improve your relationship. No. of other therapies are there which are useful to cope with it. Medication: There are many different medications that can help reduce the symptoms of depression. To be honest I don’t come from the Medical Background, so I can’t go to the details of it. But for the convenient of my readership, I have created Hyperlink of word of Medication. Please explore yourself. Life Style Change: Ups and downs are the part of life. As we see the report ECG, we find this pattern over there which endorses the existence of life. Being sometimes Low and High is rhythm of Life but get crippled with any fluctuation is the matter of concern here. With the change in life style one can be able to improve the severity of Depression. It requires initiative to take first, as one sees some improvement, efforts get multiplied automatically in the direction of upliftment of the state of mind. What comes in the list of Life Style Changes; 1. Daily Exercise 2. Healthy Diet 3. Meditation 4. Yoga 5. Good Sleep. Above said tips could be helpful in elevating the mood of sufferers to bring them in the normal momentum of life. We should accept the life as it is. We can’t avoid sorrow and joy, but working on ourselves , we could be able to take them equally. Acceptance of life in every format is the Mantra of living a healthy life. But it is easy to say than to apply, for this , where we are to work on our health, introspection and meditation are also required to repair our innermost . Be contented with what you have, do your best and have Patience , you would find yourself in ecstasy. Best Wishes for beautiful life ahead!
The wonder of Innermost
Let me start with the historical stuff related to the martyrdom of 5th Guru of Sikhs named Guru Arjun Dev Ji. He was forced to sit on the burning red hot Tavi by the contemporary Mughal Emperor Jahangir. The Guru Ji was calm and composed while sitting on red hot iron plate .
Now question arises how could one sit on fire with at ease and without any reaction? This was possible only with the inner power what the Guru Ji had. Until and unless we explore our inner potential, we live our life in dark and slavery.
I usually quote a story of an elephant tightened with a rope. Actually I had read this story in my childhood but honestly the depth of it was not clear at that time. How can a huge animal like elephant be held with a simple rope ? The answer of this question is rooted in the psyche of the elephant. When as a calf (Baby of Elephant) it is caught and tightened with a simple rope .It (Calf) tries to break the rope and gets failure and this experience is engrossed in its (Calf) subconscious mind.
Now the real issue starts which remains continue with elephant for rest of its life. The fear of failure it experienced as a calf. Due to this, a large animal like elephant with the power of rooting out even big trees, is held with a simple rope because it stops trying.
We can discuss this story from different aspects i.e. the calf grew physically and turned elephant but the experience it had as a calf remained same.
It can be associated to the Classical Conditioning Theory given by Pavlov. According to this theory there is a pairing of the rope and the elephant.
So extract of this story is illusion. With this type of illusion we spend our whole life. We usually remain in oscillation like a pendulum of clock while facing ups and downs in life. Usually we live our life working with outer world.
Fear comes out of illusion. Illusion creates duality. So illusion is the factory of different types of disorders , society facing now in these days. Then, how can we overcome illusion?
Introspection is required . The persons who did inward journey,they came out of darkness(Illusion),became fearless as i cited above, they sang songs of Waheguru(God)while sitting on red hot iron plate.
The mind is everything. What you think you become so. All the Miracles Happen in this area.Abundance of richness is there our inside . We must be able to explore that treasures. With the help of true Master, we can know our potential.
Let’s work on our innermost.