Depression is a very common mood disorder because there are many different factors that can cause it in people.
This psychopathology mixes predispositions and genetic experiences as varied as life itself, that is to say almost infinite. This is why it is so complex and difficult to understand, because it can affect people with seemingly very different lives, and even with socio-economic status clearly distant from each other.
However, thanks to decades of research, we now know that certain experiences are more likely than others to cause depression. Here we will focus on a number of behavioral patterns that may increase the chances of suffering from depression and that may be included in the concept of passivity.
This is how passivity predisposes us to depression
It should be clear that it is impossible to predict who will develop depression and who will not. Each person is a world, and history is replete with examples of how the less privileged overlap relatively well in the face of catastrophic events, and members of the economic elite with seemingly perfect lives who nonetheless feel very miserable. .
But beyond that fact you also can’t ignore it there is evidence of habits, attitudes and lifestyles that lead us to this psychological disorder, At least from the point of view of statistics and probabilities. For example, we know this is what happens with various patterns and behaviors associated with passivity (physical and psychological). They are as follows.
1. Neglecting the sleep schedule
Not worrying about having some control over how many hours we sleep and when we go to bed is usually expensive. Even if we don’t realize it, after a few days of living this way our mental agility decreases a lot, so it is harder for us to focus and our reasoning is worse (at least until we sleep properly. again for several consecutive days).
But we also know that beyond the wear and tear it produces on our cognitive abilities, the lack of quality sleep makes us more vulnerable to depression. This could be due to the fact that thanks to the physical wear that it generates in our nervous system, our brain is more exposed to inflammatory processes, Which are known to be one of the biological causes of depression.
2. The disadvantages of asking for help
For many people, the idea of seeking help from loved ones or members of the immediate social circle is almost impossible to conceive. This is what happens to those who consider that the default way of life is to be a fully autonomous human being, who only resorts to asking for the support of others in extreme situations … and not doing it. never, because when it is time to be vulnerable so that others lend a hand, it is already an action that breaks too much with the “comfort zone”.
In this sense, moving forward without realizing that certain challenges are not made to be faced without help is a passive attitude, even if paradoxically it only leads to physical and / or psychological exhaustion. And with this wear and tear on health, cracks appear through which the most common psychological disorders, such as depression, can seep through.
In fact, there are scientific hypotheses that research the evolutionary usefulness of depression and that this psychopathology could be a way to rely on the collaboration and help of others in an unconscious and indirect way. If, for some reason, we do not put our willpower into openly recognizing our limitations, the biological and unconscious processes in our body would do so for us … although of course, this mechanism sometimes fails, activation at times when it may not be useful and when it is in itself an additional problemAs is sometimes the case with anxiety, for example.
It is a logic taken to the extreme of what usually happens when we cry near people who know us; we should not forget that the most basic action that we usually associate with sadness and hopelessness, shedding a few tears, is probably a mechanism that has arisen to communicate to others that we are not well.
3. Light leisure activities typical of a sedentary lifestyle
Hobbies associated with a sedentary lifestyle, such as spending long hours on the sofa watching TV, are also associated with an increased risk of developing depression.
This may be due to the lack of meaningful stimuli they offer, combined with the lack of stimulating challenges to focus on: Anyone who just watches what the TV channels broadcast or watches what others post on social networks only consumes finished content, in which they do not want to participate in any way.
4. Tendency to isolate
Social isolation, the inability to seek out others to interact with them face to face, also seems to increase the chances of suffering from depression. This may be due to both a greater predisposition to live in an unhealthy way (Lack of hygiene, poor diet, use of legal or illegal drugs, etc.) because there are fewer incentives to maintain a good image and / or a healthy living environment.
It can also be simply due to a lack of stimulating or new experiences.. If we are always alone, it is more possible that we will always end up having the same kind of experiences, and always doing the same thing, until we reach a point where we no longer expect anything good from there. ‘to come up. And as far as we know, depression rests in a vicious cycle in which we settle into a lifestyle marked by a lack of stimuli and our inability to “connect” emotionally with projects that in others. circumstances would have been interested or even excited.
Therefore, many forms of psychotherapy rely on helping the person to become actively involved in stimulating activities, however simple they may be at the beginning, to gradually gain “inertia” and to regain the capacity to enjoy.
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