The cyclic nature of depression

Boulama K.
by Boulama Kandine
Oct 22, 2022 — 3 mins read

Depression is a mental state that most people would consider linear. In the sense that it’s just there and you love it until one day it somehow disappears. This couldn’t be further from the truth. I’d define it as a cycle.

The cycle

Basically, the cycle of depression is a negative feedback loop in which a person's negative thoughts and emotions lead to more negative thoughts and emotions, which then lead to more negative thoughts and emotions, and so on.

This cycle prevents a person from enjoying even the slightest happiness because each negative thought and emotion reinforces the other, making it harder and harder for a person to see any positive aspects of their life.

The cycle of depression begins with a feeling of hopelessness and despair.

This leads to a loss of interest in activities, withdrawal from friends and family, and a general decline in physical and emotional well-being. This can last for weeks or even months until the person finally decides to seek help.

The causes

Pain and suffering can cause depression in a number of ways. first, the physical pain itself can be overwhelming and exhausting, making it difficult to focus on anything else. This can lead to feelings of hopelessness and despair.

Second, the psychological pain of dealing with a chronic or terminal illness can be equally devastating. The stress of managing a chronic condition can lead to anxiety and depression. And the grief that comes with losing a loved one can be crippling. Loses can be various, breakups, deaths, etc.

All of these experiences can lead to a loss of interest in activities that once brought joy, and a withdrawal from family and friends. Over time, this can lead to a feeling of isolation and loneliness, which can deepen the depression.

The Effects

Depression inhibits every positive aspect of life by causing a person to feel hopeless, helpless, and worthless. A person with depression may lose interest in activities that were once enjoyable, withdraw from friends and family, and have difficulty concentrating and making decisions.

Depression can lead to physical problems such as insomnia, fatigue, and pain.

Solutions (?)

There is no definitive solution to solve cure depression as each person is different. But many find help in some sort of spirituality.

For instance, Muslims who suffer from depression may find solace and support in different aspects of their religion.

Some may find comfort in reading and studying the Quran, while others may find support in attending weekly prayer services and talking to their Imam about their struggles. Some may find that engaging in charitable work helps them to feel more connected to their community and gives them a sense of purpose, while others may find that performing regular acts of worship helps them to focus on the positive aspects of their life and to feel closer to God.

Ultimately, it is up to the individual to find what works best for them in terms of finding comfort and support within their religion or professional therapy.