Tag Archives: depression

Understanding Aloneness and Isolation During Spiritual Shifts

By Zoe Davenport, In5D.com

It’s ok where you are at, it’s okay you need space, it’s ok to gift yourself what you need.

Aloneness is something we HAVE to gift ourselves without question along our spiritual paths — even when we are with people — we have to continuously show up for our own personal and emotional needs.

This houses the potential for our continued expanded growth into the unlimited possibilities of multi-dimensional experiences and thus have those with the people we love around us. Continue reading Understanding Aloneness and Isolation During Spiritual Shifts

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Music Taught Me How to Live Life: The Way to Cure Depression and Find What You Love

By Cassius Kamarampi, The Mind Unleashed

Music saved my life: it made me who I am.

For me, understanding why almost nothing we are told growing up is true was helped along by music. Music led me to a desire to live life independent of the system, and it eventually set me on all the other paths of learning. It all started with music.

I remember being a kid and not liking many other things other people liked. I wasn’t interested in anything, but I got a few cassette tapes and CD’s and found something I really like. I started off with The Doors, Nirvana, System of a Down, ect. Then I graduated to all kinds of genres, from Mathcore to G-Funk. Continue reading Music Taught Me How to Live Life: The Way to Cure Depression and Find What You Love

Observing Your Own Brain Activity Could Be The Future Of Treating Depression

By Alexa Erickson, Collective Evolution

With depression affecting millions of American adults, it makes sense that psychiatric research has focused so intently on the disorder.

Pinpointing its triggers and best treatments have remained important concerns, with the general consensus being that it is a change in brain chemistry, and that various other factors contribute to its onset, including genetics, changes in hormone levels, certain medical conditions, stress, and grief or difficult life circumstances.

Though research can pigeonhole you into a category, more or less, to help better understand why you have depression and how it can be treated, depression is a unique experience for every individual, which is why recent findings that reveal observing your own brain activity may be the key to treating depression seems so intriguing. Continue reading Observing Your Own Brain Activity Could Be The Future Of Treating Depression

13 Mind-Body Techniques That Can Help Ease Pain and Depression

By Dr. Joseph Mercola, Wake Up World

Many aches and pains are rooted in brain processes that can be affected by your mental attitude and emotions. While the mechanics of these mind-body links are still being unraveled, what is known is that your brain, and consequently your thoughts and emotions, do play a role in your experience of physical pain.

For instance, meditation appears to work for pain relief because it reduces brain activity in your primary somatosensory cortex, an area that helps create the feeling of where and how intense a painful stimulus is. Laughter is also known to relieve pain because it releases endorphins that activate brain receptors that produce pain-killing and euphoria-producing effects. Continue reading 13 Mind-Body Techniques That Can Help Ease Pain and Depression

4 Things You Should Know About Depression and Spiritual Illness

By Dylan Charles, The Mind Unleashed

A shaman and spiritual healer once explained to me that in his culture, an indigenous rainforest tribe of Equatorial Western Africa, depression is something incomprehensible. It’s simply not something they can relate to, in fact, he told me, the first time Westerners described this malaise to the chiefs in their village, members of the tribe actually laughed out loud, for it seemed so odd and extraordinary to them. How can anyone not be happy when possessing the greatest gift of all, the gift life, they inquired.

In the West, depression and other so-called mental disorders are a very real fact of life for many. This cannot be denied, and to combat these disorders, we’ve developed a full catalogue to describe them, and have created an entire professional medical discipline for diagnosing and treating them, with the result that depression has become an enormously profitable sector of the healthcare industry. Continue reading 4 Things You Should Know About Depression and Spiritual Illness

Mercury Dental Amalgams Are Linked to Chronic Illness, Fatigue, Depression and Anxiety

By Brandon Turbeville, Natural Blaze

It might seem surprising to some but in 2017 there is still debate in the medical community as to whether or not dental mercury amalgams are safe.

Despite voluminous amounts of evidence suggesting that mercury fillings are incredibly toxic, many dentists and medical doctors maintain that there is no major side effects from their usage. However, an article published in Neuroendocrinology Letters back in 2014 shows that the mercury filling hold outs are standing in stark opposition to the evidence.

The researchers for the article set out to review the evidence surrounding a possible link between mercury exposure from dental amalgams and certain chronic illnesses such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, anxiety, depression and suicide. Continue reading Mercury Dental Amalgams Are Linked to Chronic Illness, Fatigue, Depression and Anxiety

7 Ways Running Helps Combat Depression and Anxiety

By Jessica Natalie, Natural Blaze

When it comes to mental health, there are probably some days in which you are not feeling your best. No matter how hard you try, perhaps you cannot seem to shake off the blues. It can be especially rough during the long, cold winter months, since there is less sunlight and less incentive to go outside for a walk or a run.

However, it is highly encouraged that you continue to make yourself go out for runs, since there are many benefits to doing so, including physical and mental health. That is why in this article, we will give you a list of good reasons as to how running helps people fight against depression and anxiety, as well as how you can start getting right into it. Soon enough, you will be able to banish those blues away! Continue reading 7 Ways Running Helps Combat Depression and Anxiety

Old Friend Depression Missing

By Steve Beckow, Golden Age of Gaia

An old friend is missing these days – as a result of the experiment in non-confrontation.

My default – the mood that was always with me – was depression, the thought behind it being that I’m unloveable and unforgiveable. I don’t deserve love.

The character I was then was in many ways unloveable and unforgivable – to those I opposed. And the feedback was that I was always on guard, on the lookout, touchy, scared wolf, etc.

But the feeling was always with me. I always returned to it – the returning to which invalidated everything that just happened. Continue reading Old Friend Depression Missing

Virtual Reality Therapy Could Help People with Depression Find Drug-Free Relief

By Julie Fidler, Natural Society

When most people think of virtual reality (VR), their minds go to video games and being able to be in the middle of the action that right now they can only view on a TV or computer screen. But for some, VR therapy might soon become a viable and safe treatment for depression.

VR Helped People be Less Critical of Themselves

Part of the pain of depression is self-deprecation, feelings of failure, and hopelessness about the future. Researchers at University College London (UCL) and University of Barcelona – ICREA say they’ve found VR therapy may help depression sufferers be less critical of themselves, as well as reduce the other often paralyzing symptoms of depression. Continue reading Virtual Reality Therapy Could Help People with Depression Find Drug-Free Relief

This is Exactly What It Feels Like To Suffer From Depression & How You Can Heal

By Alexa Erickson, Collective Evolution

Grey. Heavy. Confusing. Unbearable. These are just some of the words people who suffer from depression feel. But there are so many other words that I, myself, cannot even begin to fathom, because no one person’s depression is like another’s.

I remember speaking with someone when I was going through a tough time in my life about how I was feeling, and felt comfort in knowing they felt much of the same things I did. That they used words like grey, heavy, confusing, and unbearable. But they also said a lot of words that I could not resonate with.

It’s interesting that depression often leaves people feeling so alone. There is a lot of “I” or “me,” but rarely is there “we.” And yet, depression is something that we, as in so many people around the world, experience, though this fact doesn’t offer a lot of unity.

Writer Andrew Solomon’s TED Talk, Depression, the Secret We Share, explores his, as well as other people’s, depression — the darkness, the many questions, the various ways to heal, the forms of relapse, and the way learning about it, and about yourself, can be the best tool for moving forward. He notes that the opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality. The way he puts it hits so close to home. When I was in a dark place, I would force myself to be in public, at a restaurant, trying to eat and laugh like everyone else. But I couldn’t. I didn’t want to be happy, I wanted to want to eat. I wanted to want to talk to other people. But I couldn’t.

“I found myself losing interest in almost everything. I didn’t want to do any of the things I had previously wanted to do, and I didn’t know why. The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality. And it was vitality that seemed to seep away from me in that moment. Everything there was to do seemed like too much work. I would come home and I would see the red light flashing on my answering machine, and instead of being thrilled to hear from my friends, I would think, ‘What a lot of people that is to have to call back.’ Or I would decide I should have lunch, and then I would think, but I’d have to get the food out and put it on a plate and cut it up and chew it and swallow it, and it felt to me like the Stations of the Cross.”

Solomon’s depression led him on an eye-opening journey across the world to interview others with depression. And so he learned to ask questions that would ultimately lead him to realize people need to talk; they must talk.

One thing I have noticed about depression is that there is not a cure-all. But the way Solomon posed certain questions really elevates this. He wondered if the medicine he ultimately ended up taking for his depression was making him more himself, or into someone else? He also questioned whether it’s a chemical problem or a psychological problem. “And does it need a chemical cure or a philosophical cure?”

Understanding depression is complex, perhaps because we confuse it with other things like sadness and grief. This idea made Andrew wanted to understand it even more, and so, for his own sake, he chose to reach out to other people to see what it is that causes more people to be more resilient than other people.

“And I discovered, as I talked to depressive people, that they have many delusional perceptions. People will say, ‘No one loves me.’ And you say, ‘I love you, your wife loves you, your mother loves you.’ You can answer that one pretty readily, at least for most people. But people who are depressed will also say, ‘No matter what we do, we’re all just going to die in the end.’ Or they’ll say, ‘There can be no true communion between two human beings. Each of us is trapped in his own body.’ To which you have to say, ‘That’s true, but I think we should focus right now on what to have for breakfast.’ “

Perhaps one of his most poignant points is his depressive epiphany that accepting depression, dare I say, “loving” your depression, can work for you much more than you think.

“And what I came up with over time was that the people who deny their experience, and say, ‘I was depressed a long time ago, I never want to think about it again, I’m not going to look at it and I’m just going to get on with my life,’  ironically, those are the people who are most enslaved by what they have. Shutting out the depression strengthens it. While you hide from it, it grows.And the people who do better are the ones who are able to tolerate the fact that they have this condition. Those who can tolerate their depression are the ones who achieve resilience.”

If people learn to value depression, maybe it will make the weight of it seem a little more bearable. It may not prevent a relapse, but taking away its fearful powers could make way for even the idea of a relapse to be more tolerable.

Related CE Article: 10 Ways To Fight Depression Without Using Harmful Medication

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