When all of a sudden the world stops PART II


This post is again going to be about depressions due to the fact that apparently you are as interested in this topic as I am. Your comments brought up some really good questions that I would like to discuss further.

Current Conditions

A clear definition of what depressions really are might be given but is not substantial though. It is important to understand that depressions can appear in many different patterns that is why the WHO classified the illness in different stages.


As already mentioned in my previous post it is really hard to see that you suffer from depressions. Now, why is that? Two simple reasons:

  1. Kathrin commented quite nicely already that society is not used to this disease yet. Admitting to have depressions means being different than others in a psychological way. The fear comes up that people might react in a deterred manner.
  2. The complexity of depressions makes it nearly impossible to see that you are affected. Only professionals can assert that you are sick because neurotransmitters, which handle the forwarding of nerve impulses, are not working frequently anymore.

That is why it is really important to try to help. Certainly an overreaction should not occur, but when a long-lasting lack of motivation, hopelessness and even physical complaints are observed, it is important to recognize it. Set phrases such as “Pull yourself together.” should be avoided and motivation and a clarifying talk should be given.


Another really interesting question from your side was why some people are more likely to be affected than others.  Again, there are different aspects which influence the likeliness:

  • Losses – Losing a family member or friend you were close with can pull you in a black hole and consequently give you a basis of depressions.
  • Traumatic causes – For instance stress, psychological pressure or violence.
  • Heredity – Someone whose parents have had a depression are more likely to be involved with one as well.
  • Social environment – People who neglect social engagement and much rather prefer being alone and also coping alone with their problems.


So why does sport help to reduce the risk of having depressions? While practicing sport the mood will be pushed and endorphins will be released. These messenger substances are similar to morphine and therefore make happy.

Follow up

I really hope that I could answer some of your questions and gave some additional and helpful information to try to understand this complex illness.

Leave a comment


  1. annehwr

     /  2012/01/18

    Hi Alina
    I think that you have implemented the Toyota A3 model very well and useful. I know that it is hard to adapt your topic to the model, but I think you managed this in a way that it gave a positive structure to your post. The only thing that I would criticize here is your paragraph “plan”. I thought that there was a little bit missing and that you could have offered further “solutions”. Nevertheless, I think that this topic of depression is very interesting, and researching it a little more I found a ton of tips dealing with depression. Maybe you could use those for a next “solution” post. Just as an expample: http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=18544 🙂

  2. Hey Anne,
    thanks very much for your comment and as well for the critic as this is the way forward and I can improve things!
    I should have included more solutions, thats true but I just thought my post would be too long then. Even though thanks very much for your advice and the web address which provides maybe other readers interested in more solutions with further information 🙂

  3. Hi Alina.

    I think it is great thing of you to go back to everybody’s questions and dedicate them another interesting post. Your application of the A3 Model was really good and you still managed to keep your post short and interesting.

    For anybody who would still like some more information about the relation between depression and exercise, as Alina already dedicated two posts to the topic, can simply look here: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/ans/psychology/health_psychology/exercise_and_depression.htm

    Back to Alina; Great Topic, great structure and great post.

  4. Hey Alina, like Mirja and Anne already mentioned, I think you did a really good job implementing the A3 model. Your post was really easy to read because it was clearly structured and compact. The compactness was nice but of course it also has its downsides.. I think you could have gone in a little more depth with that topic.
    I also thought it was really great that it was a kind of follow-up to your earlier post and that you referred to the comments you got on the other post, that really shows team spirit and the ability to adapt to the interests and questions of others! Nice work!
    About the topic… for me it is a kind of illness one cannot really define, but that is why I thought it was really good how you listed the reasons and the influences.
    Nevertheless I think there is another issue concerning sports and depression.. have you ever thought about the fact that a lot of famous, rich athletes actually end up with depression? How come that then if sports actually reduces the risk of depression?
    Here I found an interesing article about athletes who suffered depression:

  5. Hey Alina,
    Yes, you did! I was pleased to see that you continued your last blog post and that you also referred to my comment! I liked the fact that you researched further in order to respond to the questions of your readers. As you stated in your blog post, there are different reasons why someone is affected. Because of that I think that consulting a psychologist is probably the best and sole solution. Sport helps for sure to get more balanced and it is certainly not wrong but if somebody really is sick, he or she needs professional help to find a way out of this disease. However, I think sport can prevent in some way and so it is very important to integrate enough exercises, breaks and time for hobbies in our everyday life. Thanks for this post!!!

  6. Nico

     /  2012/02/11

    Hey Alina!
    Awesome post. We need more people to talk about depression. In Germany it is still a ‘tabu’ topic. Just like you said, people do not feel comfortable admitting that they visit a psychologist or therapist. People who tend to point their fingers at depressive most struggle with themselves as well. Trying not to admit their mental condition. Depression is seen as a weekness. People are put in a box with the label: Could be a danger for the company. Just an example.
    This is wrong!
    For example long term unemployed people should be treated with psychological help. We have too few psychologists working on that level. I’m not saying that unemployed people are more likely to become depressive. I think that if you live with certain habits over a certain time, it becomes harder and harder to get out again. It’s like a twister.
    Americans are way further than we are in terms of admitting psychological help. It’s a normal thing to be in therapy.
    People need to understand that depression is a part of everybodys lifes. The earlier the better. In the future we will have more and more people suffering from depression.


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