You’re Invited to: Understanding/Overcoming Depression (2) From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Welcome to Coffee Hour @ Chickilt Power and thanks for joining me. Our next “Destination? Joyful! ™” event has inspired this series, and my prayer is that it will answer so many of those unasked questions and encourage you to join us in November at The River Church in Redlands for our “Keeping Stress out of the Holidays and Overcoming Depression” workshop. Grab your coffee and come on in. 🙂

So last week we talked about the fact that depression is broken down, if you will, into two types: Exogenous and endogenous, and by looking at the prefixes, we can determine that “exo” is outer while “endo” is from within. Now let’s explore that a little bit more because I know from life’s experiences that you can’t “get over” something until you understand that something.

So the Merriam Webster dictionary definition for exogenous is: “produced by growth from superficial tissue,” and the example they give is about as clear as mud: exogenous roots produced by leaves.” The second definition is: “caused by factors (as food or a traumatic factor) or an agent (as a disease-producing organism) from outside the organism or system, and the example they give is: “exogenous obesity = exogenous psychic depression.” Now we’re getting somewhere! 🙂

Put in English, (:) ) when finances are tight, I can lean a bit on the depressed side. If I’m having relationship problems, those can tend to pull me into depression. I can keep going with a whole host of external/outside circumstances that can pull us into depression, but if we look at any and all circumstances, they all have one thing in common: We have absolutely NO control over them!

Now, in the Merriam Webster’s dictionary, the definition for endogenous is exactly the same. The only thing they change is the word “outside” to “inside.” Well that’s not very helpful. Let’s dig a little deeper.

A clinical definition for endogenous depression is: A clinical syndrome that includes a persistent sad mood or loss of interest in activities that persists for at least two weeks in the absence of external precipitants. This is not to be confused with a grief reaction (death of loved one). Features may include change in eating habits, insomnia, early morning wakening, a lack of interest, depressed mood, fatigue and suicidal thoughts.

Wow, talking about depression can be depressing, and yet, we must work through this disorder that is affecting more than 14 million people every year, but that is the number of people who get help with it! Can you imagine how many more are suffering in silence? Oh, to understand this better that we may reach out to those silently suffering . . .

Please join us November 5th for what is sure to be a powerfully insightful and fun time!


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7 Responses to “You’re Invited to: Understanding/Overcoming Depression (2) From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power”

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