As a rule, I am incapable of sustaining depression. Seriously, I have been depressed a few times, but it only ever lasts a couple of hours. That is pretty unusual, given that prozac is the most prescribed drug in North America. Now, it turns out that everything we thought we knew about depression is wrong, and prozac works for completely incidental reasons, which actually may allow drugs that don’t have the negatives of prozac.
I was having lunch with my Mother last week and we were talking about depression (she suffers from it periodically) and she said that she thinks depression is a lack of life force. I was surprised by this comment, because I have always believed that was the root of depression, and the reason why simply getting out and excercising can overcome it.
Well, turns out I was right… so was my mom. The latest research says that depression is caused by the death of neurons and that the reason prozac can cure depression is because it stimulates neuron growth, but so does excercise, sunlight, social activity, talk therapy, and a variety of other, much neglected things. Hell, looks like St. John’s Wort might just have the same effect without side effects (although in a milder way). Stress is a major cause of the conditions that allow for neuron death. I guess this means that the average job in North America is literally killing our brains.
Part of why I don’t stay depressed is expression. When I get depressed I write (it usually isn’t about what I am depressed over, for instance I might write a blog post about the causes of depression when something completely unrelated is bothering me) or draw, or do Parkour, or Tae Kwon Doe, or go for a walk with my dogs. I recommend the same to you, dear reader. When you don’t feel motivated to do anything, go outside and walk or run, or hell, just play. Don’t drink though. While drinking is often a social activity which helps, I’m pretty sure that alcohol contributes to neuron death… just based on casual observation of drinking and depressive behaviour.