Thursday, 21 June 2007

Depression, an unnecesessary ailment?



michelangelo's ceiling in the sistine chapel and the Pieta


Here are a few things I consider to be uneccessary ailments: Headaches, Flu, Arthritis, Hepatitis (any letter of the alphabet), Eczema, Asthma, Insomnia, Depression, Stomach Disorders, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (I.B.S), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - M.E or C.F.S, M.S, Diabetes, Cancer of the (anything). Some people might be a bit upset because I've called a terrible illness an ailment and then said it's unnecessary, as so many professional Doctors say 'it's incurable, you're going to die, it's very painful but sorry we can't give you anymore painkillers'. Well what I have to say to them is 'Get Stuffed' and rather loudly too because...

...there ARE solutions, there ARE answers, there ARE cures, there ARE simple treatments that WORK!So without further to do, and to alleveiate all you sufferers out there. Here they are......no wait a minute... 'Who is this?' You're wondering, 'Are they qualified?, 'Do they know what they're talking about?'.

All I have ever been interested in is what WORKS, not what doesn't work, or what might work or what has side effects,; only what works. Read my 'About me' to find out a little about what I've got better from and how, and see my Myspace link there to find a truly horrible picture of me suffering as you do occasionally (or in a long term fashion) in a horrible suffery kind of way.

I have often wondered why, when there are stories all the world over of people having their miraculous cures why Packs of Doctors aren't hot on their tails like the Paparazzi and the headlines aren't 'Amazing Individual Cured of ---- (input various unnecessary ailment) because that's what should be happening in an ideal world, and God (Input own god/other----you pray to) knows 'An Ideal World' is where I'm building my house. That said in this and coming articles is a list of all the things I've used personally and daubed on other unsuspecting individuals to heal myself (and them), get better or otherwise look younger, jump around, climb mountains, grafitti billboards (and other forms of subvertising), scale buildings, look at fish in their own environment or whatever it is you might want to do with the prescious, beautiful, truly wonderful and delicious thing that-so-many-people-take-for-granted, quality called HEALTH. Health implies a scale; excellent, good-middling-bad-terrible-won't matter anymore tomorrow. Where do you want to be on that scale; where are you right now? Do you believe it's possible to be well, totally well? What qualifications have I got? I am qualified as a Homo sapien and have evolved from being a tiny blip in the space time continuum to where I am today which is probably still just a tiny blip in the space-time continuum, but we better not think about that had we or we might get depressed.

Depression
If you've done a search maybe you've looked up 'Depression' or 'treatment for depression' and maybe the search engine comes up with a very helpful list. Lets try it right now.

The first 'advert' says 'you might be nutritionally deficient' hey maybe they want to sell you some nutrition. The second tells you what it is, and gives you some broad good advice like 'eat whole foods, do cognitive therapy, take exercise'. The third from the Royal College of Psychiatrists gives a link to a very suppotive and practical advice brochure. So you've got your list of advice, now you have to 'motivate' yourself enough to do what it says on that page(s) and that's where some of us begin to fall down.

I mean maybe we didn't think it was depression and then slowly it dawned on us that it was, then the Doctor gives us drugs, but did anybody stop and say 'Why have you got depression?', and does even knowing the answer to this question do anything to make you feel better?

Try and explain to someone in a tribal/hunter gatherer society the words 'depression' and 'stress' and you'll have a very difficult job. They don't have any idea what you're talking about - maybe in terms of overcoming a challenge/physical hurdle of some sort, but that's it, they don't really get it. Why not? Because they don't get depression, they don't get stressed. They don't have bills to pay. They didn't have to get a mortgage to put a roof over their heads. They have always got someone to turn to. They know they're worth, because they have a purpose to fulfil within a social framework that recognizes and rewards them on a consistent basis. They don't have it easy, but I'm beginning to think that's not a bad thing, I mean I didn't want easy when I was a kid.

When I was a kid I wanted adventure; I wanted recognition for beating challenges. Perhaps not consciously but proving myself to myself was important. How strong was I? How far could I run? Was I clever, was I important? What was my special gift? What was I good at? Perhaps you never got to find the thing you're good at, boy that would be depressing. Or worse, you're really good at something but nobody knows because you became a ------- instead; why, because you had the rates/bills to pay, the kids had to eat/go to school, you're still paying for the car and now the credit cards have to be paid for. So nobody got to meet the next Michelangelo Buonarrotti/Picasso; (but we're waiting for you.) So you go on the internet and search for 'depression' well not really, because you don't actually want more of that do you? Seriously what's really stopping you from being happy, fulfilled and well? What is it? Why are kids going crazy, why are all these isolated individuals not being happy even though they can have everything money can buy? Why aren't you happy? I don't think that comes down to just being nutritionally deficient does it?Why is it that there are more searches for 'depression' than there are for movie stars. After all 'those famous people' they've got it all haven't they, but ten times more people check out 'depression' instead. That's seriously depressing.

'What's your name?'Imagine your name there in the search box on google/yahoo or whatever - imagine seeing the results come up for your name. Imagine what you want to see come up in those search results. Imagine what you would have wanted to see as a kid. Maybe it's 'Famous Astronaut' or 'Dancer - Broadway' or 'Wrote the top bestselling book worldwide' or 'achieved an Honours degree at Oxford'. le reve, Pablo Picasso 1932

Probably you're dreams have changed over the years maybe now, the dream you get to fulfil is to sit down with a cup of tea and biscuits now and then and watch your favorite program on TV; a program about someone else doing what they dreamed of, and then another program after that about how many people have been killed in horrible ways today. My professional advice is 'Turn off your TV' or have fun seeing how much you could sell it for on Ebay (though maybe you'd want to hang on to it to see yourself getting the Best Screenplay award at the Oscar Ceremony). Have even more fun by holding a 'How far can you throw your TV set Competition' in your garden, plus you get exercise, which, don't forget is good for depression.

Follow 'all' the advice you can find out about depression' the advice that feels kind. Notice I didn't say helpful, or professional, I said 'kind'. The biggest thing you need when you're depressed is 'kindness' and the person you most need to get that from is you. Once you are kind to yourself you can conquer all, you can get all the brochures, do all the exercises, take all the medicine (well perhaps not all of it). Doing everything is a surefire way of curing yourself, finding out everything is easy and I made sure the 'everything' that I knew was written in the top three seach results already so I don't have to repeat myself with the 'take St John's Wort and sign yourself up for a marathon or mountain climbing training program' to get better from depression or 'become an Outdoor Activity Instructor' which is what I did (it became a kind of Uplifting Immersion Course and it worked) though next time I would definitely drink less alcohol as now I know I'd have got quicker results (I was eighteen years old).

If you're reading this now, and you're depressed (I'm sorry), or have been depressed, do this right after you've finished reading; open a window, or go out to your doorstep - and breath some big lungfuls of air. Then come in again (because you might not want to do this in public) and jump up and down (or run round in circles if jumping is a sensitive subject) on the floor or a bed until you're in a sweaty mess and hurt. Then crawl to window and get more air, and maybe you need a glass of water. Then repeat process (all day if you've nothing else planned) until you're bored or exhausted (now this is important).Then come back and read the rest of this article. I said come back AFTER!. Now go jumping, you depressed person you.

AFTER JUMPING UP AND DOWN
If you're bored or exhausted from jumping, you're no longer depressed at least right in the moment of boredom/exhaustion. That's great, we've found out that one - you can do an activity for an extended period of time, so you can function, and two - that whatever you do if you keep doing it mechanically, you eventually get not-depressed; and if you're bored/exhausted from jumping then you know you can do something else/anything else. You've also helped your circulation, your lymphatics, your brain, your bones, joints and skin complexion; I'm sure there's more but anyway you've done something great for you. If you're bored doing jumping, you're not meant to be a Jumper, maybe there's something out there, that you won't get bored doing. You might take up the dream you've always had and just do that; but I'll bet that when 99.9% of us were kids there wasn't 1% that would have said of our dream 'I want to work in an Office from 9-5 when I grow up and then I want to get a Mortgage'. So if you're dream was 'I want to learn to be an underwater diver and then find treasure' and you're not doing that and you haven't even tried it, 'Come On!'

It's essential that you do something active, and yes do address your nutrition. Turn over every stone to make sure, you know more than the experts about how to beat depression - it would be silly if you've just got to eat more beans to be happy.

One last note, if all the depressed people in the world went to volunteer and stuff envelopes for charities, there would be a lot less suffering in the world and after a while there would be a lot less depression. One day you'll look back at the time you were depressed and, believe it or not, you'll laugh - why? Because you can. Just because you can and you'll also know that you know the right way to be kind, in the nicest possible Mary Poppins type way of being kind.


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