Do you suffer from depressive disorder? Well, let’s hope you’re one of the small percent that does not.
If you do suffer from depressive disorder, however, I’m sure you’re on a mission to overcome this illness in any way you can. Of course, you are, and I am too, for I suffer from it as well. I have strived for many years to find the way out of this debilitating trap.
Facts about depression
Depression is the number one cause of disability in those ages 5 and older in America, Europe and the remainder of the western world. In fact, 14.8 million American adults suffer from depression, making it an epidemic which, unfortunately, leads to suicide in so many cases. Another alarming fact is that depression wasn’t always this bad.
It seems we have mastered depression in these modern times. Our ancestors were quite a bit happier than we are, and so were their ancestors before them. This goes on and on, back to much simpler arrangements. I bet you can see a pattern here, right? Well,
Author of The Depression Cure, Stephen Ilardi, says,
“Depression is a disease of civilization.”
Take diabetes and cancer for instance. These diseases, although rampant in society today, were almost non-existent in indigenous cultures past and present. Yes, they had diseases, but simpler forms and fewer kinds. Anthropologist Edward Schiefflin interviewed over 2,000 Kaluli, indigenous people of New Guinea, and found that only one of those people showed symptoms of depression. Wow!
Although the Kaluli faces negative circumstances and diseases daily, they seem to deal with these issues much better than we do. As with other epidemics, depression has only grown worse as time has advanced with technology. And what does this mean?
It’s simple really
Okay, so if you don’t have depressive disorder and you’re curious about what it’s like, imagine this: everything is right, going well, you are enjoying the basic joys of life, but if you have depression, all that is hidden behind thick shadows of torment and pain.
And yes, it’s a physical epidemic, controlled by an area of the brain responsible for the fight or flight response. Now, if you don’t have depression, this seems unfortunate, but If you do, then you can relate, and fully understand the mechanics of the illness.
And here’s what’s happened. The fight or flight response is designed to alert us of danger and cause us to act to combat the danger or run from it. In modern society, the threat lasts much longer and so, again, we are locked in the fight or flight response until conflict passes and peace ensues.
If you notice, modern life is almost always hectic and our brain is busy fighting and running all the time. As this happens, our bodies are being filled with toxins created by negative emotions. Thus, depression takes over and becomes a way of life. Sad, isn’t it?
So, what do we do with this negative information? Well, we turn it around, that’s what we do! The good news is there are 6 steps to curing depressive disorder, which has become a real epidemic nowadays. It’s basically the steps that the indigenous Kaluli use naturally in their lives.
Take your time, practice these actions and see if you make any progress. It’s worth a shot.
It’s medicine and is more powerful than any other medication. The moving body is a healthy body; thus, exercise is key.
Sunlight is a natural supplier of vitamin D, and so plenty of light will help lift the mood.
3. Social connections
Social connections are important to keeping the brain stimulated and a stimulated brain is healthy. Exercise can be paired with social connections by walking or doing an activity with a friend.
4. Anti-ruminative activity
Another important step is to stop dwelling on negative circumstances and instead, look for solutions to the problem at hand. Focusing on the negative will allow you too much time in a bad situation and less time working on the positive outcome. Refuse to wallow in the mud.
A healthy amount of sleep is useful in fighting depressive disorder considering stress levels are reduced when rested well.
6. Omega 3 fatty acids
Since our diets are greatly altered in modern foods, we fail to get the right amount of Omega 3 fatty acids. Our ancestors did not have processed or fast foods and were more likely to receive more ample amounts of natural supplements like Omega 3. Recent findings show that modern anti-depressants contain large amounts of Omega 3s. Omega 3 fatty acids can be found in other substances and foods as well.
To be honest, I suffer from bipolar disorder, which includes depressive episodes. Like others with depressive disorder, I have had to face my illness head on with practical ideas and solutions. I have heard many stories of where depression originated and why it has such an impact on the lives of humans – especially those in the western world. This helps me discover strategies to cope and learn to live my life around the madness.
With this information, I’m using every tool in my possession for combat. Some things don’t work and some things do – some things are in operation as we speak. Unfortunately, so far, nothing has proved as a permanent solution. What can I do? We must discover this together, I see.
Be blessed and fight the good fight. Never give up!
Featured image: A “mudman” from the Asaro tribe, Papua New Guinea. Image by Jialiang Gao peace-on-earth.org, CC BY-SA 3.0
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