When we hurt, we want an explanation. It’s just the way we roll. So coming to understand what causes our major depressive disorder and panic attack symptoms – any mood or anxiety woe – is rich in relief and healing. Existential matters have been weighing on my mind lately, and I’d like to share with you…
“Existential matters” – gawd, I come-off so psychobabblish, don’t I?! Here, what say we simplify things by turning to merriam-webster?
Existential: of, relating to, or affirming existence
Exist: to continue to be. to have life or the function of vitality
And I think that question is especially relevant to those enduring mood or anxiety woes. In fact, I’d propose angst over “the end” may well be at the very foundation of what we experience.
Now about that weight on my mind, and why it’s relevant to those enduring mood and anxiety probs.
I began writing this piece about 10 days ago as I sat with my 90-year-old father, who happened to be occupying a hospital bed. Bless his heart, his cognition and gait just ran out of steam. After a five-day stay he was transitioned to a rehabilitation center, where he still resides. And it looks as though assisted living lies ahead.
Very rock-my-world times for “Pops.” I mean, he has enough trouble dealing with his mental confusion and gait issues, much less pondering his fate.
Pops and I have had several amazing chats about those “existential matters” over the past week. Being a huge The Godfather fan, I liken them to the talks between Don Corleone and his son Michael when the Don was running out of steam himself. Simple and loving.
When we talk, Pops often asks me, “What’s next?” And I know full well he isn’t referring to residency. Now, I certainly don’t have THE answer; however, my assurance that everything will be okay seems to hold him over. Thing is, though, he doesn’t have to verbally express his concern. Nah, I’ve known what’s on his mind as he stares out the window.
So what is it about “the end” that troubles us so? Is it purely a manifestation of “how we roll,” or is there more to it?
And I think that question is especially relevant to those enduring mood or anxiety woes. In fact, I’d propose angst over “the end” may well be at the very foundation of what we experience. Would it be so hard to accept that continuing thoughts of our last breath would generate buckets of depression and anxiety?
I sure don’t think so.
Hmmm, so how is it with you? Is it possible the major impediment to max-living is the dread of dying – what we know is inevitable?
If you find yourself nodding your head, I’m suggesting the fix isn’t as difficult as you may think. After all, you’ve identified a foundational cause of your misery. And so now you have many places to which you can turn for relief and healing. Perhaps spirituality fills the void. Could be a more fulfilling relationship with a spouse, partner, family member, or friend is in order. Maybe it’s that quest for the real you.
All can have amazingly positive impact.
You bet, when we hurt, we want an explanation. And I propose we just found one for major depressive disorder and panic attack symptoms – any mood or anxiety issue at play in your life.
Are you so consumed with “the end” that the present has become dreadful and meaningless? Ponder why you’d subject yourself to that, and set sail for answers. They’re out there, k? By the way, need some help with that? Start with a piece I wrote almost five years ago.
Ah, those “existential matters.” Thanks, Pops.
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