Category Archives: Mental Health

A Chance Discovery May Lead to a Vaccine for Depression and PTSD – Robby Berman. 

“Fortune favors the prepared mind.” Louis Pasteur. 

“It is possible that 20, 50, 100 years from now, we will look back at depression and PTSD the way we look back at tuberculosis sanatoriums as a thing of the past. This could be the beginning of the end of the mental health epidemic.” Rebecca Brachman.

Calypsol: it seems it had somehow inoculated the laboratory mice against the effects of stress.

For the over 16 million people in the U.S. each year with severe depression and the 8 million sufferers yearly of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Brachman’s accidental discovery may result in medicine that can prevent the debilitating responses to trauma or severe stress. It’s at the very least likely to change the way many think of and talk about mental illness.

BigThink

Depression is. . . 

A series of behaviours, motivated by strong emotions, that result in a person being stuck in a deeply painful, hopeless mood state. This leads to withdrawal, isolation, and an overwhelming sense of hopelessness.

People experiencing depression generally believe themselves to be worthless, and the future to be a long, never-ending continuation of the misery they now feel. It results in an inability to feel pleasure, or enjoyment.

Kyle MacDonald, Psychotherapist. 

How to identify signs of depression. 

Despite all the attention depression receives these days, it’s really hard to spot sometimes. Depression is not “having a bad day”, and it’s also not an emotion: It’s no more possible to be a “little bit depressed” than it is to be a little bit pregnant.

And it’s not uncommon for people feeling depressed to hide it from others, often with a high level of success. People often talk of putting on a “mask”, and how painful and excruciating that can be.

That can make it really hard for friends and family to know what’s going on. Don’t worry, it’s not personal, the nature of depression means the person suffering feels they have to hide how they feel.

Depression also isn’t an “illness”, in the same sense as the flu, or diabetes. At the risk of being really picky, I’m not even comfortable with the phrase “having depression”, I think “experiencing depression” is more helpful.

Why? It’s important from the point of view of expectations: studies have shown that when people are told their depression is due to a “chemical imbalance in their brain” they report less hope and faith in any treatment being able to help them.

Nz Herald

The link between your gut and your brain, mental health, and sleep. How does your gut talk to your brain?

The gut microbiota is the community of bugs, including bacteria, that live in our intestine. It has been called the body’s “forgotten organ” because of the important role it plays beyond digestion and metabolism.

You might have read about the importance of a healthy gut microbiota for a healthy brain. Links have been made between the microbiota and depression, anxiety and stress. Your gut bacteria may even affect how well you sleep. World Economic Forum

My Fight to Speak with the Enemy

Hi Everyone,

My name is Rob Ah Chong. I am a New Zealand born Samoan. On Dec 10, I have challenged myself to take part for the first time in a corporate boxing fight. My Purpose for this challenge is to raise the awareness on mental illness and encourage People, Family and Friends especially within our culture to speak about it. Everyday Hero

‘Today I’m going back on my antidepressants’

I weaned myself off anti-depressants about 18 months ago. After six years, I wanted to see if I was able to manage my depression naturally. I was in a safe and happy place in my life and trusted that I would have all of the support I needed to help me on that journey.

 I feel like I know myself really well now and that’s really important to me. And that’s also why I have chosen to go back on my medication.

For the most part, life has been really good. Day to day, I can’t really complain outside the usual stresses of family life. I’m mostly happy.

But man, I’m tired. The Spinoff