This is really important for me because this is a huge problem that affects a lot of people and childrens, for me being sad its something horrible and I couldn’t imagine being sad for most of the days of the week, I want to change the way people feel and try to make them happy and to forget about their problems even if it’s only form a moment.
After being at a hospital you can really feel all the tension, sadness from the ones that are sick and also from their relatives, they are going through many difficult things and situations, i’ve felt it too and it’s in that moment that you need someone that makes you laugh and makes you forget about what you are going through. This is why this is relevant for me, I want to be that person, the one that makes people to forget about their problems and make them happy.
This is why I decided to learn about laughter therapy, laugh therapy its an alternative method from medicines and pills. When you laugh you forget about your problems, laughing doesn’t costs you and it doesn’t has any secondary or negative effects nor as pills, once you start taking pills for depression you become dependent of them and you life isn’t completely yours any more.
So I decided to join Contagia Alegria which is an association that uses this method called laughter therapy with children that are in hospitals or in vulnerable situations, they use arteclown to make them happy and show them more about life.
In this program I learned a lot of new thing, i even learn how to make different types of shapes with a balloon just like a clown, I learned more about me and the ways I can help people, helping others is really important for me and with this program I learned more about it and how to help.
Contagia Alegria has change the way I see my own problems and the lives of others, it made me think about all the things I have such as health and made me grateful about them, there are times that you can think that a small problem such as don’t having wifi or enough credit to make a call would be the worst that could happen, but while you are thinking about this and about how miserable you are in other part of the world there is someone without a house or without something to eat for the day.
Contagia Alegria is a program from the foundation sor despierto. According to Sosa (2018) so?±ar despierto was founded in mexico in 1998 as a response from the threats that childhood faces.
Contagia Alegria Sor despierto is a trustworthy association because it’s a worldwide association which has an official page and people that are responsible about this.
According to Sosa (2018) The people that work there have been capacitated and have a certification also they have been there for a log time so they know what their doing and how to handle the situations.
I know that the other websites I have used are also trustworthy because they are official health pages, that are backed by scientific studies that have been made about this subject. The websites I have used are the Mayo Clinic website, the NIH National Institute of Mental Health and the Cancer Treatment Centers of America.
The history of the problem:
A huge problematic we have this days it’s depression, a lot of people think that being sad and being depressed it’s the same thing, but they aren’t. Occasionally we have all felt sadness or we have had a sad feeling, but this doesn’t lasts much and the feeling disappears in a few days. According to the Mayo clinic (1998-2018) someone that suffers from depression has this feelings and sandnes interfering with their daily life.
According to the Mayo Clinic (1998-2018) depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. This affects the way you think feel and behave, it can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems, people that suffer from depression might even feel as if life isn’t worth living.
According to the NIH National Institute of Mental Health (2009) There are many types of depression but the most common are major depression, persistent depressive disorder and distimia.
Major depression consists in being depressed most of the time for most days of the week, feeling worthless of guilty, being with out energy and thoughts of suicide. Persistent depressive disorder this is when this depression lasts for 2 years or longer. And Distimia that also lasts for a long time but this is less serious, still this disorder makes a person no have a normal life. (WebMD, 2005-2018)
According to the Mayo Clinic (1998-2018) its not known exactly what causes depression, but there are a variety of factors that may be involved such as biological differences, brain chemistry, hormones and inherited traits. Also the factors that increase the risk of developing depression are, personality traits such as low self esteem or pessimistic, traumatic or stressful events such as physical or sexual abuse, death of a loved one or difficult relationships, and another risk factor is when that person suffers from a serious or chronic illnesses including cancer chronic pain or a heart disease.
There are a lot of risk factors but also according to the Mayo Clinic (1998-2018) there are also many strategies to prevent it. This strategies include taking steps to control stress, this helps you by increasing your self esteem. Reaching out to family and friends especially in times of crisis, this will help you to calm down and it good to have someone supporting you, and getting a treatment at the earliest sign of a problem, this will prevent the problem from grow.
Depression it’s a serious and common disease and most people that suffer from it need to have treatment to get better, a solution for the ones that suffer from depression could be to be treated with pills that are called antidepressants.
According to the national Institute of Mental Health (2009) antidepressants work by calming down the substance of the brain called neurotransmitters, cientifics that studies depression have discovered that antidepressant also help by regulating the mood swings. But this treatment can cause also a lot secondary effects and they can variate depending in the person taking this pills, some effects of antidepressants are headaches, insomnia, sensation of anxiety, nausea, nervousness and sometimes blurry vision. Also patients that take this antidepressants need to follow an special diet because a lot of foods can affect the functioning of this pills.
The other solution to help people who suffer from depression that doesn’t involve any pills or medicine its laughter therapy, according to the Cancer Treatments Centers of America (2018) laughter is a natural medicine that lifts our spirits and makes us feel happy, this uses the natural physiological process of laughter to help relieve physical or emotional stress or discomfort.
Today more than ever before, people are turning to humor for therapy and healing. Medical journals have acknowledged that laughter therapy can help improve quality of life for patients with chronic illnesses. Many hospitals now offer laughter therapy programs as a complementary treatment to illness. (Cancer Treatments Centers of America, 2018)
For years, the use of humor has been used in medicine. Surgeons used humor to distract patients from pain as early as the 13th century. Later, in the 20th century, came the scientific study of the effect of humor on physical wellness. Many credit this to Norman Cousins. After years of prolonged pain from a serious illness, Cousins claims to have cured himself with a self-invented regimen of laughter and vitamins. In his 1979 book Anatomy of an Illness, Cousins describes how watching comedic movies helped him recover. (Cancer Treatments Centers of America, 2018)
Many studies have been made about laughter therapy and they have now discovered that this does really work.
Based in all of this, the solucion that I choose is the one of treating patients that suffer from depression with laughter therapy or alternative methods, instead of giving them pills that have a lot of secondary effects and that can take away a part of their lives or of their person and personality.
Thera are a lot of alternative methods to treat depression but in my opinion and in what I have experienced, I really think that laughter therapy it’s the one that we should really use, laughter therapy doesn’t costs nothing and this does really works.
According to the Cancer Treatments Centers of America (2018), even if sometimes it’s difficult to find humor on a difficult situation laughter may help you feel better about the world around you and yourself. When you laugh, you forget everything else, also laughter may induce physical changes and after laughing for only a moment you may feel better for hours.
This is why I really think that laughter therapy could be perfect solution for the ones that are suffering from depression, or even if this is only a temporary feeling of sadness. Laughter therapy it’s something really easy to do, even if you are alone or with out a doctor you can try this method yourself.
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