a reply to: Biigs
For me medication has never worked, self or medico perscribed, and over time makes it worse.
That said I do agree that depression affects neuro-transmitters in the brain, but believe that other non-drug approaches are better for making lasting
results both in brain chemistry and subjective experience.
The big one is exercise, consistant regular exercise has been repeatedly shown to improve mood.
Diet is also a factor.
Both of the above are difficult to change when 'you don't care'.
Various 'energy-psychology' methods work as does neuro-feedback. Both do offer some quick relief as well as long term improvement.
Then there are the cognitive approaches which with time and consistant practise will replace 'poor thinking pattern' habits with 'productive
thinking pattern' habit.
I include with this group not only traditional cognitive therapy (which I found almost useless - but many swear by), meditation (of any type to
begin), mind-fullness practise (a bit different then meditiaion and more important in daily life) and self-awareness.
We tell ourselves stories, in our minds. Stories about what things 'should be', 'could have been' how others 'ought to behave', etc all the
time. Then there are the stories we tell ourselves to justify our behavoir whether it needs jusitifing or not. Also are stories we make up about who
we are or should be or ought to be.... Lots and lots of stories with little or no bearing on reality or truth.
I find my stories are what makes me depressed. Telling them to a therapist, family member or friend just reinforces the story line in my head and it
veers further from the truth.
I had to learn to recognise the difference between FACTS and the fiction I told myself about them. It didn't come easy. I still get caught up in
these cycles of story-telling delusion for quite a while before I catch on to the fact that none of it is true. While I'm caught in the trap - I get
depressed about the past, axnious about the future and catch in a whirlwind of fear so that I can't act on anything nor hear anything from anyone.
Not a nice place.
There is no easy fix. Any meds you take will require constant monitoring and adjustment. It's your choice, I know people that meds have helped
A great book is "Taking the Leap" by Pema Chodron. It's from a buddist point of view but is applicable to any world-view; as is "The Power of
Now" by Eckhart Tolle (I find him a bit obtuse - but he has many You Tube videos on the subject that are a good start).
Learning to be 'comfortable' with 'un-comfortable' things is helpful.
It's tough --- but doable.
It's all going to depend on how willing you are to try new things and stick with the ones that work. I have found myself repeatedly running away
from the very things that do work - LOL because I love my 'victumhood' and 'self-pity' so much.
But, I am making progress.