By Troy Anderson
Apr 06, 2018

Depression; a Malevolent Cycle

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It’s really fucking dumb. Many of us have been there. Many more of us will be there again or for the first time or excluding all that via some miracle, be close to someone who is. When you’re in it, it’s so hard to see outside of yourself, and those on the outside can really struggle to see in. But not all hope is lost, even when you reckon it is, which no doubt, you will. Anyone can make it out, with the right help, tools, and routines.

People who develop or inherit depression are likely to have a hippocampus that is decreased in size. The hippocampus is responsible for emotion and memory, and it needs to be regularly stimulated and used in order to function properly. If depression isn’t dealt too, it only becomes worse as the hippocampus decays and stops functioning as well. This means all the time spent neglecting the issue, worsens it. It is also possible that this can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Here’s where shit gets tricky. Those with depression will find that they are fatigued and have no energy. Guess what—that fucking sucks, a lot. Because how can you be expected to function properly and live a normal life when you feel that way? Simply put, you can’t. You don’t feel like doing anything, so you don’t, you feel hopeless, and you don’t feel like doing anything. You feel like a burden on others, so you don’t reach out to them, you feel hopeless, and you feel like a burden to others. These negative cycles spiral right into the depths of Hell. Breaking them is critical, so what can you do for you?

Right out the gate, get onto the antidepressants, straight away. No one will be able to help you if you’re dead, so that should be the first point of action. Antidepressants are varied and don’t always work the same way for everyone. The idea is that the medication stimulates the serotonin neurotransmitters in the hope of restoring the balance you so desperately need, so find one that works for you.

Following this, take a look at your life. What have you been eating? Is it garbage? Don’t do that; balanced nutrition is so fucking good for ya. Get on the probiotics. Gut bacteria affect what foods we crave, our moods, and mental health a lot more than we give them credit for, so a balanced diet is essential.

Have you been exercising? Na? Get into it mate, go for a run, a bike ride, a walk, even ten minutes of semi-intense cardio per day will do you worlds of good. This is a great way to get a natural serotonin hit. The cavemen didn’t get depressed on account of they were too busy not getting killed by tigers and shit to neglect their health and fitness, we live in a world where we can, but it’s deadly.

So long story short, when you’re feeling like shit, you literally need to do the exact opposite of what you want to be doing. Just fucking sort it out aye, because left to its own devices, depression allows our most self-destructive behaviours to manifest and our minds to shrink and cave in on themselves. Stimulate and nurture your mind, because we all deserve to thrive in this world.

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