15 years 5 months ago #98 by Nadir Ahmad
Nadir Ahmad created the topic: Depressed?

Depression is one of the most common psychological problems, affecting nearly everyone through either personal experience or through depression in a family member. Each year over 17 million American adults experience a period of clinical depression. The cost in human suffering cannot be estimated. Depression can interfere with normal functioning, and frequently causes problems with work, social and family adjustment. It causes pain and suffering not only to those who have a disorder, but also to those who care about them. Serious depression can destroy family life as well as the life of the depressed person.

A recent study found that eighteen million Americans suffer from major depression.

Millions of Americans, possibly as many as four million, are afflicted with what is known as treatment-resistant depression. For them, nothing works, not even electric shock treatments. They endure lives of debilitating sadness and some end up committing suicide.

But early results from an experiment in Canada have raised hopes for an answer to their suffering. It involves surgery on a region of our brains called area 25. And for the small group of patients who have signed up, the risks seem worth taking because this is their last resort.

Worldwide Depression Stats

* number of people worldwide suffering from depression: 121,000,000
* the 4th leading cause, worldwide, of life years lost due to disability: depressive disorders
(behind infectious diseases, heart disease and respiratory infections, and before HIV/AIDS)
* the ailment expected to rank 2nd in global diseases, after heart disease, by 2020: depressive disorders
* the mental disorder most commonly leading to suicide: depression

Is brain surgery really a last resort? Is brain surgery necessary for an illness that can be cured rather simply through other means?

What is the cure for such a devastating wide spread illness...

Treatment of depression varies broadly and is different for each individual. Various types and combinations of treatments may have to be tried, but without hope in a complete solution to the problem.

There does however lie a complete solution to this problem, but one must look into the right place…the heart.

{Those who believed and whose hearts find rest in the remembrance of Allah (God), Indeed in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.}[Quran: 13/28]

Meaning: The apprehension and unrest within their hearts will be removed, happiness and delight would enter and replace them. And true indeed, hearts cannot find true serenity except in His remembrance, for there is nothing more delightful to a heart than the love and knowledge of its creator. [As –Sadi]

We are not saying: Embrace Islam and you shall be cured of Depression whether it is minor or major.

What we are saying, is that just as you search for and eat healthy foods to nourish your body with in order to keep it healthy, you must also give your heart and soul an equal right, by searching for the correct nourishment, which would be the correct faith in this case, in order to keep them content. Give your heart and soul an equal amount of time an effort, study the matter of faith and give your heart a chance, a chance to find ease and happiness, a right that it has over you, give it the chance it surely deserves by looking into Islam.

We do guarantee however, that your heart will find rest, happiness and ease in the correct remembrance of its creator, as the verse affirmed.

If you do not feel your heart and soul are worth the effort in looking into and researching Islam in order to provide them with happiness and content, then at least try and do so for your children…

2% of Children and 4-8% of adolescents suffer from major depression. (Birmaher 1998)

Since the maker of an item is the most appropriate person to explain his/her invention's functions and mode of use, it is therefore wise and intelligent for mankind to turn to their creator, their maker in all issues whether major or minor. He is the only one that can explain to us the purpose of creation and clarify the general system with which everything in existence was created, explain the wisdom behind causes and their effects and direct us to happiness in the life of this world as well as the next.

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