I decided to experiment with a conversation with myself. I asked a simple and basic question and worked my way to complex and confusing:
What is depression?
The DSM-5, psychiatry’s diagnostic bible, refers to various conditions that involve feeling sad, inability to experience pleasure, lack of self-worth, inability to concentrate, and suicidal thinking, not to mention dysregulated sleep and appetite and movement, though you don’t have to experience all these at once.
But everyone gets depressed, right?
True. We all have our bad days. Also, all of us experience grief and loss and major challenges in coping with life. But all this is considered within the “normal” realm of human behavior.
Things change when we lose the ability to function, whether at work or in our relationships or in our own sense of well-being. We are more than just “depressed.” We are not ourselves. Our brains are not cooperating with us. L...
Although we continue to distinguish between various mood states the sad fact is most people diagnosed with a mood disorder problem experience more than one. For example, the most common issues for people with anxiety are depression and substance misuse. If we look at the breakdown of mental health issues we find anxiety disorders top the list, then depression with anxiety and then depression alone. In fact depression is now so prevalent that it affects roughly 5 per cent of the population in the USA at any one time. Look at the stats more broadly and we find that 17 per cent of people will experience a major episode of depressive illness at some point in their lives.
What are we to make of this level of misery? The standard approach to treating mental health hasn't changed much for a long time and involves treatment, of sorts, being offered once symptoms appear. You only have to look at the average forum to see how poorly the current system recognizes and deals with the array o...
Anyone who's ever had an asthma attack knows about the chest tightness and why it occurs. Yet what about the chest soreness that occurs the next day? Why does asthma causes chest pain?
The interesting thing to note here is there are no pain receptors in your lungs!!! The reason asthma causes pain is because asthma causes you to breathe the wrong way.
Confused? Allow me to explain with a pithy lesson on how we breathe. (To learn why we breathe click here )
Breathing is the process of moving air into and out of the lungs. Breathing is one of the few bodily functions that can be done either consciously (you control it) or unconsciously (without thinking of it). Unconscious breathing : Most of the time you don't think about breathing, yet you continue to do it. This is an important safety net for life, because if we had to think about breathing 24-7 we'd accomplish little and most life would cease to exist. Air goes into your...
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