A new study sheds light on something we’ve known for a long time.
Depression damages the intuition of its victims.
So many of our decisions are made with the aid of intuition. Now there is more evidence that people suffering from depression suffer an intuition disconnect.
Every decision is important. Any damage done to intuition by depression is a problem because intuition is a major factor in our adaptive decision making abilities.
Evidence that depression damages the intuition of its victims helps us understand them.
- Depressed people intuitively withdraw, when they probably need to socialize
- Depression’s victims take worse care of themselves, when taking better care of themselves would be wise
- People suffering from depression have trouble making decisions they would normally make without any difficulty at all
- Depressed people too often make decisions which are obviously not in their best interests
It also helps us understand why they need our help, and what we can do to help them, and why it’s often easier for us to know they need serious help than it is for them.
They need just the right prescription, but there’s a tortuous path to the perfect formula.
We have to give them clear directions, but it’s not that simple.
One huge stumbling block must be avoided.
We all need to believe we are in control.
Anyone dealing with depression’s victims (or teenagers) is faced with a tricky paradox – they need adequate direction, and we need to avoid creating or increasing learned helplessness.
Sometimes what we think we see in someone who is depressed is entirely wrong.
They’re not lazy.
- Their brain has been hijacked by depression
- Their intuition is on the blink
- We can help them regain control by directing them to simple choices, and by making these choices very easy to understand
That’s one of the reasons for a series of articles on this website.
Everyone can increase their happy chemicals. Every time they do so they feel a little better, and move away from learned helplessness, which is always a good thing, but is it always enough?
Sometimes most of the things we try to do to help just don’t work.
We are, after all, dealing with matters of incredible complexity. When it comes to successfully treating depression there are so many pitfalls, so many potential dead ends, and yet it is so terribly important to do it right the first time if we possibly can.
The worst intuitive error is a fatal decision. About 80% of people who commit suicide are suffering from some form of depression. Depression is a huge player in the decision to die by one’s own hand, and depression can be treated.
The #1 message anyone suffering from depression needs to hear is this:
Depression Is a Brain Disease!
It is a brain disease where everything is a mess.
- Faulty thinking
- Gloomy emotional responses
- Bleak outlook
- Low spirits
- Distorted self image
- Lousy decision making abilities
- Negative rumination
- Bad judgement
- Damaged intuition
The complexity of the mess makes it very hard to treat.
Fortunately, we can cut through a lot of the clutter by treating the brain directly with TMS!
Transcranial magnetic stimulation is not for everyone. Not everyone who wants TMS qualifies as a candidate for the treatment. And no treatment is 100% effective for everybody. When it works, TMS cuts through the clutter, and fixes the mess caused by depression.