Mental health is an exceptionally big issue in today’s world. Not only are rates of depression higher than ever and rising, but there are more people than ever taking psychotropic medications. At the same time, the craziness in the world seems to be accelerating, adding evermore stress and feelings of disempowerment. In this environment, it is easy to forget how much power you have over your mental health.
There really is no other way to say it: depression just plain sucks. But as time goes by we learn more and more about what causes it and how best to combat it. Knowledge is power, and sometimes just a simple shift in perspective can bring about a dramatic change for the better.
If depression is part of your life, or of someone you know, then take a look at this short list of uplifting facts about depression. This could very well trigger that unexpected shift in perspective to help them realize just how much control they do have over their lives in their search for happiness. The brief bits of knowledge here may be able to help turn the tide on depression.
1.) Depression is not exactly a chemical imbalance like you’ve been told.
Doctors are good at simplifying technical information for their patients. The term chemical imbalance is widely used and is perhaps one of the most disempowering medical ideas today. Sure, levels of brain chemicals and hormones can and do affect mood, but it’s the not the whole story. Chemical imbalance implies the existence of an uncontrollable condition.
We are discovering the more we treat depression as an ailment caused by past experiences and especially past trauma, the we learn that depression can quickly resolve itself by looking at the psychological and spiritual roots of the problem.
Furthermore, we are also learning that the gut microbiome plays an important role in the health of the digestive system, which may somehow cue the brain in how to act and feel. The point is that we are just now learning of a deeper connection between food and depression, and we all have control over what we choose to eat.