By Jamie Busby - Staff Author
Modern life and the world around us nowadays is a recipe for potential psychological issues such as depression for many people. I am one of those people, I'v been affected to some degree though personally, a bigger problem has always been anxiety and EVERYTHING that comes with that. I'm also a recovering addict, please see a previous article of mine if of interest;
I don't open myself up like this because I want sympathy or attention. When writing articles of this nature, I want readers to relate to me and know I'v been "there" to some degree. I'm not some amateur psychiatrist (I consider 99% of psychiatrists amateurs). I truly just want to help anyone who is suffering because I care. And yes, maybe that makes me a hero..... Hahaa! But we all have an affinity with everyone else, especially those with mutual interests OR concerns.
Please don't expect any motivational crap or the like. I'v read countless self-help books and studied various "methods", all to almost no avail. I'll just try and lay out the facts as I see them from years of being "in the loop" and what I'v learnt along the way. I'll let you make of it what you will. The chips will fall where they may.
IMPORTANT NOTE - If you are suicidal, please seek urgent medical help immediately. This shall also be discussed further at the end.
Enough blah blah blah, let's get cracking. Depression is serious shit. By it's very nature, your mind becomes irrational, meaning there's no talking yourself out of it. It can only be treated with help, and that help must actually be of HELP! The best people to go to are those who have suffered and beaten it. I manage it quite well and will try my best. We've all heard those who say you're just down in the dumps and that all you need to do is "get a grip",etc... It's useless advice and annoying to say the least.
If you are depressed, it's important to act, however difficult those first steps might be. And you need to act effectively. Depression and stress are negative. By default, they negatively affect the workings of your body. Your brain function will be diminished, your immune system can become severely compromised. It may affect you right down to your DNA, at a genetic level, causing imbalances in hormones and their production. Arguably worst of all is how it distorts perception, the knock-on effect of this being detrimental to your whole life experience. We all want QUALITY.
Types of Depression
It's important for you to distinguish exactly what form of depression is *affecting you.
*NOTE - Try not taking ownership of depression or any other issue by calling it "mine" or "my depression", "my anxiety",etc... A very prominent Buddhist monk told me this some years ago. Referring to it as "affecting me" is a change in mindset that I'v found very helpful.
Firstly, there is short-term, circumstantial depression. This is usually caused by some sort of specific traumatic event or major lifestyle change. As the name suggests, this is transitory and in these cases, time is your great healer. Support from friends, loved ones and maybe counselling should see most through this.
Then there's depression created by your lifestyle and environment. This has nothing to do with you but more what HAPPENS to you persistently, a life routine that makes you depressed. If you don't change anything, nothing will change.
Then we have chronic depression or what I think of as "true" depression. Chronic, clinical depression. This negatively affects the physical structures of your brain and can drastically alter someone's personality. This is the type of depression that a £50 Million lottery win can't lift. It's a legitimate PHYSICAL disease of the brain and it's chemistry, manifested into what we know as depression.
The likes of serotonin, dopamine and testosterone are all regulated by your brain and how it's perceiving your "Reality". When that perception becomes distorted, so does the production (or lack thereof) of these crucial hormones and chemicals. This is the stuff that makes you who you are, the circumstances of what you fundamentally make of your life. Never let anyone tell you it's not important; it's CRUCIAL.
If you're constantly depressed or in a state of continual fear due to anxiety, your whole biological and neurophysical make-up will adjust accordingly. Things become habit and neural pathways are created. Actual physical "grooves" form in your brain that determine your response to any given situation. New grooves need to be made from new and "better" patterns of behaviour. The bad old unused grooves will then literally disappear. And yes, I know, this is all easier said than done.
So which category are you in? Most will probably know but if not, make some lifestyle changes. Cut out alcohol, sugar, caffeine, all that good stuff. Stop using any unnecessary pharmaceutical drugs. Get lots of sleep, make yourself exercise regularly if you don't already. Watch your diet, digestion "eats" more energy than any other bodily function so be kind to yourself. Get rid of toxic people in your life, cut them out. Try a change of scenery, even if just for a day or 2.
If all of the above plus anything else you can think of doesn't help within a couple of weeks, it's probably safe to say that you have clinical depression. Don't take my word for it, always consult your doctor and/or therapist. But I think you know this makes sense.
We have to mention anti-depressants here. I'v taken several types over the years with varying results, none of which have been significant enough to continue use. One made me very ill but it's banned now. If anti-depressants do the trick for you then that's wonderful. However, for many they do very little and can in fact cause more harm than good. Also, these medications tend to only be an attempt to treat symptoms. The root causes lie untouched, psychiatry really has got this one back to front.
Is a "Cure" on it's way?
All is not lost. Whilst I cannot and will not condone the use of any drug, studies have shown psychedelics to have extraordinary properties and tremendous success with regards to dealing with depression (and other psychological issues). Scientists have been publicly discussing the potential of psychedelic substances in recent years. They've actually known about the benefits for decades but only now are they being openly studied in depth. I will link a few articles at the end so you can see for yourself.
The time is coming when we will hopefully see psychedelics such as Psilocybin (magic mushrooms) and DMT become the basis of actual cures for depression, PTSD and a range of other mental health disorders. As for DMT, that can't come soon enough. We produce it naturally in our own bodies but when it comes to the law, it's an illegal Class A drug! The dark forces are at work here too but that's not relevant for this discussion. Link below to my DMT article;
The reason why psychedelics can be so effective is simply in how they function. Psilocybin naturally raises and balances serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain, that stuff that makes you feel happy.
The most valuable effect is what's known as "ego death" by those who know their hallucinogenics. With the ego technically "dead" or gone during the experience, one is able to objectively look at themselves and learn their own TRUTH. The REAL truth, the deep shit you may be subconsciously repressing, can't face or simply don't realise. Many users find that at some point, sooner or later, these experiences will also actually give you answers about why you're depressed. It's often the case that issues can begin to heal on a deep psychological level due to being flooded with a new, profound understanding.
We've been brainwashed into thinking that magic mushrooms, LSD and more recently DMT are terrible "drugs". The Mainstream Media want us to be scared so we don't use them; they have their agenda. The last thing the Deep State wants is for psychedelics to undo all their years of work grinding us into the ground. And if we were to become more aware; Aware of their treachery? God forbid!
The truth is that the biggest danger from taking magic mushrooms is accidentally eating a poisonous one. Also, people can have a "bad trip" and put themselves at risk due to diminished control. However, these risks can be all but eliminated by managing dosage and having a controlled setting. This is where legalisation and regulation for medicinal use comes in. You know what you're getting and how much to take.
Most importantly, virtually all of these substances are not physically addictive, unlike Heroin or ALCOHOL or NICOTINE for example... It's true that tolerance to a substance can develop but that applies to any substance. How many people go into rehab for addiction to psychedelics? Exactamundo. The future's bright, the future may well involve trippin'...
Tips for NOW
We live in an absolutely crazy world at an extremely crazy time. It's a wonder that EVERYONE isn't suffering with depression or other issues; Maybe they are? The fact remains that anyone's depression could simply be a reaction to living in a world that has gone off the rails somewhat. Many people can't seem to adapt to their environment and may feel like an alien. And when we feel totally incompatible with the world we live in we can get depressed.
Seeing as psychedelics and hallucinogens are currently illegal and potentially dangerous due to their illegal status, let's look at some things we can do in the meantime to help ourselves.
LOVE - Find it and give it out freely. "All you need is Love" sang The Beatles. While there may be other necessities, Love is free. It's also intrinsic to our nature. Without Love in your life it's very difficult to feel any sense of accomplishment or happiness. Whether it's Love for a child, a cat or a house-plant, love is love.
PURPOSE - People who don't know what to do with themselves tend to struggle the most with depression,etc... I believe that searching for meaning in life and for THE meaning of life is the whole point of our existence. What do you believe? Does your life has purpose? If not, think how you could change that.
QUESTION EVERYTHING - I am compelled to follow a never-ending path of educating myself with all sorts of fascinating rubbish. It all adds to my knowledge. It occasionally gives me answers, very important answers. Be as conscious as possible about this game we call "Life". It has rules that we can learn, we CAN get better at "playing" it.
PASSION - What are you passionate about? What makes you excited from just thinking about it? Follow these passions. We're emotional creatures and if those emotions are not fed positively, they will devour anything, including all the negative.
GRATITUDE - However bad things are, there is ALWAYS someone worse off than you. This means that everyone, bar none, has something to be grateful for. Focus on these things, nurture them, they are positives. Positivity breeds Positivity and vice versa.
ADDRESS YOUR FEAR - "False Evidence Appearing Real" - Fear is little more than an illusion in our minds, much like the world we live in. Fear serves no purpose apart from when you're genuinely in imminent danger. Apart from those rare situations, it's pointless and extremely toxic. Almost every negative feeling and emotion is rooted in Fear. What do you Fear and why? Are there steps you can take right now to start dealing with it better? Talking to a loved one, improving your coping strategies,etc...
I suppose we couldn't talk about depression without mentioning suicide. They're close relatives of each other, sometimes too close. As I mentioned earlier, if you're suicidal you must seek emergency help immediately.
You've probably heard the old cliche "Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem". It may be a cliche but it's absolutely bang on the money. When someone kills themselves, they also destroy their family and loved ones. I have first-hand experience of this and it's true. Their pain is simply transferred to others but it's made much worse by the attached horror, grief and guilt. This might sound brutal but it's true and I make no apologies.
If someone felt like giving up, I would ask them to remind themselves why they've already held on for so long. I would also remind them that our fate belongs to something beyond our comprehension. Then I would remind them that their judgement is distorted and twisted, not the state of mind to make such a decision.
"THIS TOO SHALL PASS" - EVERYTHING is temporary, the good AND the bad. Please remember this.
DISCLAIMER - I am not a medical professional and nothing written here should be taken as medical advice. I do not condone the buying, sale or consumption of illegal drugs. This article is purely for informational and educational purposes.
Contact me by email: [email protected]
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