The irony of depression: triple the work load
The great irony of depression is that you feel you have to work so much harder than anyone else. You may feel you need to hide your pains while at the same time feeling totally isolated and ill. You may need to find your own coping mechanisms without any support from society. This all feels massively unfair and unbalanced. The problem is that you have no choice but to try to cope. Where can you find the motivation to carry on?
Pesty depression and pesticides: the link is out there
The ever increasing population of our planet has resulted in farming techniques that frequently focus on bulk rather than quality food production. This focus on bulk has led to the use of pesticides that, according to the USDA Pesticide Programme, are often found in our foods. Many of these pesticides are linked to changes in brain chemistry. These changes correlate with depression and increased suicide rates.
From shamanism to happy pills
From demons being the cause of an unsettled individual to incarceration in prisons built especially for the mentally ill. The history of treatment of mental health issues prior to 1960 is unpleasant. If you weren’t successfully treated with Lithium or Chlorpromazine then you may be forced to undergo ECT. If that failed you would have to undergo the dreaded Leucotomy.
Altruism and mental health: the benefits of being nice.
Having depression is no fun at all, and it can be hard to get started on even the simplest of tasks. However maybe there is a way that you can alleviate the symptoms by helping others. A Study using an MRI scanner shows that the areas of the brain stimulated by altruistic acts are the same as stimulated by sex, food and communal bonding.
To quote Aristotle “What is the essence of life? To serve others and do good.”
Monty Python and the NHS treatment of Mental Health
Finding ways to treat yourself for possible depression is a long and arduous road, especially if you don’t even have an effective diagnosis. Having talked to my GP’s for nearly two decades, 8 years ago I decided that I was going to need to help myself. I cannot claim success at this point but thinking back on my experiences does show that continuity of care and often conflicting expert opinion is a problem.