Tips For Dealing With Sadness and Depression


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Q.  Lewis, I feel depressed all the time and I’m not sure why?

A.  Consider this. Maybe you’re not really depressed, but you just think you are. All of us are sad now and then, and in 2020 we may be more rather than less sad.  I deal with this issue all the time in my workshops on self-improvement, personal development, and self-awareness.

Based on old definitions, all of us are walking around clinically depressed. Look, some people are really, REALLY depressed, so don’t confuse, your confusion, and general dissatisfaction with your life with real, authentic, emotionally crushing depression.  You’re not really depressed, you’re just sad. We deal with this all the time in our workshops on

Serious, crippling clinical depression is the most commonly experienced emotional disorder and has been with us since the beginning of time. It has been known by many names including despair and melancholy. One of the reasons why this condition is so widespread is, in no small part, due to the fact that the term “depression” encompasses a wide range of physical and psychological symptoms. In its most extreme forms, suicide is a major risk of depression.


Why do I say “you may not really be depressed?”  Because it is hard to scientifically define what depression actually is.



It is hard to scientifically define what depression actually is.


Public perception and medical approaches to depression are determined by complex interactions among the public, the media, politicians, and the medical establishment. Depression appears in many forms and at many levels of severity. In the early stages of the condition, a person may experience a single symptom or a combination of symptoms that have come to be associated with depression. These symptoms may include loss of appetite, loss of interest in hobbies, various sleep disturbances (including insomnia), and loss of sex drive, among others. Having these symptoms does not necessarily mean that a person is in a depressed state. We all experience life events and challenges that challenge our mental and emotional balance. Healthy grief and depression due to extreme events may last a few weeks or even longer. Normally, a person will eventually come out of the trauma. But some do not. These individuals seem to sink deeper into a swirl of seemingly ever darker symptoms. When these symptoms last longer than three weeks or a month, and the individual experiences a weight loss of more than five percent, and/or is fatigued, has a loss of hope, a sense of despair, and slow and/or distorted thinking, then this individual may be experiencing clinical depression.


There are many different categories of depression. These include Chronic Depression, Manic-Depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Post-partum Depression, and more recently, classified forms of depression such as Atypical Depression and Double Depression. Some of these conditions are biochemical in origin or attitudinal, while others are combinations of the two.


The most common forms are known as situational depression and clinical depression. The difference between the two is defined by the severity and length of time of the depressed state, as well as certain biochemical factors that may have come into play.



To understand how pervasive depression is in the United States and increasingly throughout the world, you need only look at research findings and statistics:


  • It is estimated that between two and four percent of the United States population suffers from some form of clinical depression. The figures are even greater among specialized populations such as the confined elderly, hospital inpatients (especially those in life-challenging situations), patients under primary care, and the chronically ill.
  • About twice as many women as men suffer from clinical depression, except for manic depression, which occurs with equal frequency between both genders.
  • Men with clinical depression are more than twice as likely to develop coronary artery disease as their non-depressed counterparts.
  • The largest amount of depression occurs between the ages of 25-44, with an increased rate among those born since 1945.
  • Individuals with a family history of depression are more inclined to develop depression.
  • Those involved in ongoing intimate live-in relationships (married or single) have a lower rate of clinical depression than those living alone. Happily married men have the lowest rate. However, those men or women in unhappy relationships experience the highest rate of depression.
  • Research shows that one in ten people in the United States suffers from depression. However, nearly two-thirds do not get help or treatment because of symptoms.
  • “Siblings, parents, and children of those with recurrent depression develop mood disorders at eight times the rate of the general population.”
  • If present trends continue in the next 20 years, the number of depressed individuals will increase to the point that depressive illness globally will be the second leading cause of disability.


One of the great quotes concerning depression comes from the great Chinese Sage and mystic Chuang Tzu

“Joy and anger, sorrow and happiness, worries and regrets, indecision and fears, overcome us and then recede, with ever-changing moods, like echoes from the hollows, or like mushrooms on damp ground.  Day and night these alternate within us, but we are ignorant of their source…. If not for these emotions would I even exist? Who would feel my emotions if not for me? We can live life without knowing when these feelings will arise. It seems obvious that I have a soul, but the evidence of its existence is lacking. Its function seems obvious enough, though I cannot see its form. Perhaps it is inner reality without outward form”.



Sadness or what we believe to be clinical depression may not require professional treatment. Often these emotions may be a normal temporary reaction to life events, a symptom of some medical condition, or a side effect of some drugs or medical treatments. If you are constantly in a depressed mood, especially in combination with other symptoms, you may wish to get professional help. Antidepressants should not be routinely used for the initial treatment of mild depression, because the risk-benefit ratio is poor. A healthy lifestyle, a support group, life skills training, bodywork/massage, physical activity and many other approaches can have a protective effect against the emergence of depression.

Physical activity can also decrease depressive symptoms due to the release of neurotrophic proteins in the brain that can help to rebuild the hippocampus that may be reduced due to depression.] Also yoga, Tai Chi, and Creative Arts Therapy  could be considered an ancillary treatment option for patients with depressive disorders and individuals with elevated levels of depression.

Reminiscence of old and fond memories is another alternative form of treatment, especially for the elderly who have lived longer and have more experiences in life. It is a method that causes a person to recollect memories of their own life, leading to a process of self-recognition and identifying familiar stimuli. By maintaining one’s personal past and identity, it is a technique that stimulates people to view their lives in a more objective and balanced way, causing them to pay attention to positive information in their life stories, which would successfully reduce depressive mood levels.

Self-help books are a growing form of treatment for people’s physiological distress.


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Q.  How can a person become more effective, efficient, precise, and productive?

A. To achieve all of these things any decision-maker needs to think collaboratively.


Going it alone will not work as it once did. One way of escaping from what I have come to call Superman-Superwoman syndrome –saving the world by yourself – is to form a supportive mastermind group, a justice league of sorts. This collaboration is commonly known as a mastermind group. A mastermind group is a peer-to-peer mentoring group used to help members solve their problems with input and advice from the other group members. The concept was coined in 1925 by author Napoleon Hill and described in more detail in his 1937 book Think and Grow Rich.  In his books, Hill discussed the idea of the Master Mind, which referred to two or more people coming together in harmony to solve problems.



Cooperation and collaboration through the use of mastermind groups were one of the laws of success that Hill learned studying successful Americans including Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and others.


Today many companies offer mastermind group environments to members.

There are two types of mastermind groups:

  1.  one is focused on an individual’s success,
  2.  focused on the success of everyone in the group.

Research suggests that optimal groups limit their size to 8 to 10 participants that meet regularly with rotating leadership.



Creating or joining a mastermind group will help you to maximize your potential, and achieve success at the lowest possible cost.


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Virtually everything in life, whether spiritual, mental, emotional, or physical can be viewed as a game. If you don’t know how to play the game of life, then you are likely to struggle and suffer unnecessarily.



What do I mean when I say Life is a Game? Simply put, we usually compete in one way or another to survive and prosper i.e., “win,” through the easiest process, and the lowest possible cost. If we are wise, we win the game and help others to win with us. If we are short-sighted and attached to short-term and immediate gratification we are likely to struggle. With a commitment to personal growth. we are as soft as water and focused as we fill whatever vehicle will be required to bring our life mission to fruition.



           In the game of life, we will encounter

  • people and things we interact with every day (players),
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  • rules of engagement (codes, regulations, and laws),
  • consequences and penalties for violating codes, regulations, and laws (social isolation,fines, jail or other legal penalties),
  • success and failure (winners and losers), etc.

Even if you are Spiritually Focused Life Really is a Game.

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According to the Mirriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, game theory is “an approach used to find the optimal outcome from a set of choices by analyzing the costs and benefits to each independent party as they compete with each other”.

Game theory is a concept that has been awarded over twelve Noble Prizes. The life story of one of these Noble laureates – John Nash – was even the subject of the Academy Award-winning film, A Beautiful Mind.


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