What truely takes away the depression? Medicine can rebalanc

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What truely takes away the depression? Medicine can rebalance your chemical levels, talking to someone encourages you, working on self worth helps some...but what takes away the pain? When actually erases the struggle of depression? How do you escape the fight within?

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Apr 17

Wait, wait, wait, and wait some more. Feel the encroaching sadness come and go and stand strong. Endure even as your mind seems hell bent on destroying you, even as you see the light fade, even as the call of death grows ever stronger, even as you continue to lose the will to live. Just so that you can live to see a day, even if it's your last, where you're happy and content with the person you've become.

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Apr 17

Thank you all for your responses

Apr 19

The answer is Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. We need to meet all these needs in order to feel like our life has meaning and purpose. I think most people who suffer from depression don't feel their life has purpose the way they want to have purpose. Here is a breakdown:

1. Biological and physiological needs - air, food, drink, shelter, warmth, sex, sleep, etc.

2. Safety needs - protection from elements, security, order, law, stability, etc.

3. Love and belongingness needs - friendship, intimacy, trust, and acceptance, receiving and giving affection and love. Affiliating, being part of a group (family, friends, work).

4. Esteem needs - which Maslow classified into two categories: (i) esteem for oneself (dignity, achievement, mastery, independence) and (ii) the desire for reputation or respect from others (e.g., status, prestige).

5. Cognitive needs - knowledge and understanding, curiosity, exploration, need for meaning and predictability.

6. Aesthetic needs - appreciation and search for beauty, balance, form, etc.

7. Self-actualization needs - realizing personal potential, self-fulfillment, seeking personal growth and peak experiences.

8. Transcendence needs - A person is motivated by values which transcend beyond the personal self (e.g., mystical experiences and certain experiences with nature, aesthetic experiences, sexual experiences, service to others, the pursuit of science, religious faith, etc.).

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