Am I Really Depressed?

Well, Am I Depressed?

When someone tells me the first time that they are on some sort of psych meds for depression or anxiety or some such, my first reaction is ‘What the fuck?! Why?!”

Honestly, I really try and keep that reaction to myself.  Most people would likely take it too personally and end up taking another pill.  I guess I don’t really understand this readiness to immediately trust doctors to have your best interests at heart or even worse, trust the Pharmaceutical Industry’s advertising.  I mean ,they apply some of the most aggressive marketing but I’m pretty sure no-one ever really listens to the side effects listed at the end of these ads.

I believe that maybe this all goes back to our fucked up education system where students aren’t asked to actually evaluate if things are true or not.  The whole idea is to just to pass an exam.  That’s what teachers are paid for.  Not so much, “Can your student think?” 

There is no kind of “Hey, does what I”m telling you make sense?”  So, you graduate high school or college or if you are really messed up then you may be able to keep going through University – lord forbid!  So, you have answered all the questions that you have been given the answers to but still don’t know how to figure shit out.

If you are having some kind of trouble in life and you go to the doctor or psychologist or psychiatrist or any such fool, and they tell you to or suggest that you take some drug such as Ativan or Prozac or any other mind altering or mood altering drug, well, please, please PLEASE, ask some fucking questions before taking the drug!  (Not that I think you should take it all!)

Here are a couple of questions you could ask:

  1. Doc, do I have a fucking Ativan deficiency?
  2. How do you know I have a chemical imbalance by just asking me a few  questions?  How do you know that I don’t have a fucking brain tumour?

Remember if you are listening to these idiots they are prescribing drugs that are more dangerous than cocaine or heroin.  Oh yeah, if you don’t believe me read this – they actually have statistics – the article link is below the quote:

“Psychiatric drugs killing more users than heroin, cocaine, say health experts.” from Vancouver Sun: 

Article here: Psychiatric Killers

Then walk out of his or her office and do this:

RESEARCH

I mean, find out for yourself!  You can be lazy and create more problems for yourself or you can look and see what is what.  BUT, to do proper research you really have to know how to evaluate information.  That comes with a bit of practice.  It is not that difficult but like anything, you have to start.

Read something then ask yourself if it is true.  Like for you.  Does it work?  Is it real?  Compare it to other things.  OK, ok, I’ll give you an example!

Adelle Davis wrote a number of nutritional books back in the early 60s.  If you are interested in physical and mental health at all, you should dig up at least one of her books and have it handy for reference.  She stated back then the importance of magnesium for handling mental problems.  BUT if you want a more recent reference and one that is more mainstream you can check out this article in Psychology Today:

Article Here:  You likely have a magnesium deficiency not a fucking Prozac

But, even then, make sure that it works for you!  If you are having a bit of depression(or a lot) and you start taking magnesium and you are taking enough and all that, and you start getting worse, well….

Another example is the ‘Fat Free’ bullshit.  I know more people that eat fat free stuff and diet sodas and shit like that and get worse and worse and worse(by that I mean fatter and fatter and fatter).  Come on!!  Figure some shit out, fer fuck’s sake.  If it ain’t workin’, change something!!

You are responsible for you.  You can find people that will help but make sure it is help.  But please observe to see if something is actually making things better and no just hiding symptoms.

So, my advice for today: Go forth and research.

Why Am I Depressed?

I have some pretty moody friends on Facebook.  Some are more acquaintances.  Something that I’ve observed is that younger people tend to wear their emotions on Facebook and other social media more than the older generation.  I’m not positive but I tend to think that it is a combination of just being more emotional and that whole sharing thing that social networks have brought about.  (I do get kinda irritated at the victim, I’m a victim thing, though.)

So, this one friend – and I can’t tell her this shit or she just gets pissed off at me.  She will eat fast food and sodas – these things will really fuck with your metabolism and your moods.  It always staggers me that people don’t kind of observe that, they are doing something in their lives that is not working, well, Change It!

Diet has long been known to affect one’s emotions and moods.  Sugar and chemicals can fuck with your system.   And some foods create allergic reactions.  Some of these allergic reactions are just because you are eating shitty food and your body’s immune system is really screwed up.

A lot of the fast foods that you are eating are actually creating deficiencies.  Occasionally, even when you are eating well, the farming practices – mineral depletion in soils – over the last 80 years have made foods less nourishing.

In her 1965 book ‘Let’s Get Well’, Adelle Davis says regarding magnesium:

“Probably no other single deficiency is so responsible for the widespread use of tranquillizers.”

She has four referenced sources for this data.  Most young people that I talk to have never even heard of Adelle Davis.  To me that means they are not doing their research when something is wrong with their body.

Here is website that talks about some of the things that can manifest with a magnesium deficiency: Why am I depressed?

The pharmaceutical companies with their heavy marketing over the last 30-40 + years have convinced people in general that the only solution to any problem is the drugs they sell.  They have convinced whole populations that there is such a thing as a chemical imbalance in the brain – for which NO test exists.

Here is a good article on this from the Daily Mail in the UK: Anti Depressants

Stop complaining and observe what you are doing in life before you resort to drugs which usually have worse side effects that the thing you are trying to fix.

Here is a list of celebrities that have died as a result of or with the help from psychiatric drugs(this is by no means a complete list):

Heath Ledger

Robin Williams

Amy Winehouse

Adam Goldstein

Anna Nicole Smith

Whitney Houston

Michael Jackson

Mike Starr

Marilyn Monroe

Elvis Presley

Judy Garland

Bruce Lee

Margaux Hemingway

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Chris Cornell

Prince

So, take away from this what you will. But please, for fuck’s sake, do your own research before taking these destructive drugs.

Making Mistakes and Getting Depressed

I hear people tell me or express that they are really down when they don’t get something right.  A task they have set out to do or something at a new job.  Whatever.  Generally it is something they have not done before or not done very often.  If you are going to get ‘down’ the first time or first few times you try and fail, then you may end up not being very successful.  Some people even think they committed some kind of travesty by not doing whatever it is correctly – they are bad or something.

Rarely, do I see this as bad intentions.  Probably too many parents scolding their kids for trying to help and screwing up just because they are kids.  So, basically, you are telling your kid they are an asshole for being a kid.

There is that old story about Babe Ruth – got more home runs than anyone else at the time. He also swung out more times than anyone else.  If he hadn’t been swinging, he wouldn’t have been pitched out would he?  And of course he would not have not have become a legend.

A good photographer has likely taken more bad photos than you have taken pictures period.

Edison – the inventor of the lightbulb:

‘Reporter: ”How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?”

Edison replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.” ‘

You think Edison didn’t get distraught, disappointed or depressed. So, even if it something like training yourself to not dwell on bad things or thoughts, it may take some practice.  Keep at it.  Did you do it a bit better today than yesterday?  Pretend you are an athlete – first time out you are not going to do a 4 minute mile.  It is all about gradients – working up to it over time.

Don’t make the mistake of training your body and mind to need drugs as a solution.   Once you go that route it gets harder and harder to come back.

Depression: The Art of Manliness Way

Albiet long, this is a great article about depression, clinical depression what it all means.  From someone who has been dealing with depression most of his life and has had people around him with the same problems.  It really helps put expectations in perspective with some background on how others have dealt with severe depression.

http://www.artofmanliness.com/2015/03/31/managing-depression/

The authors, Brett and Kate McKay, give a really comprehensive outline of what it means to be depressed and how to manage one’s depression.  The say it much better than I.

Marijuana for Anxiety and Depression

CBC Marketplace did a bit of an investigation in to pot.  Marijuana has been marketed heavily in the past number of years to make it look/sound harmless, even good for you.  Most people that smoke dope will not want to watch this or will somehow refuse to accept the facts.  Sucks to be you.  As you will see in this video, much of the marijuana on the market is up to 10 times stronger(from 4% to 40% THC) than it was in the 1960s or early 1970s.  And that is not taking into the account the mitigating factors or CBH – another chemical in dope that has been, in many cases, completely bred out.  Ten times the potency… that is like me having my small glass of wine at night with 10 times the alcohol and not having eaten for three days.  Two or three bottles of wine in an hour…? Whew!  I likely wouldn’t get up.  I know people that take weed for anxiety…refuse to believe that maybe, just maybe,  that weed is a drug.  You have been conned.  

Watch it and weep: