There are some who have criticized the title of my book “Break the Habit of Depression” citing the school of thought that says Depression is caused by a chemical imbalance to the brain.
I would just like to clarify the reason why I named my book that and why I stand by the thought that Depression is a habit.
If you believe that Depression is caused by a chemical imbalance, there is only one obvious solution to your mental health issues and that is to redress the imbalance by more chemicals and that means getting anti-depressant medication. While there are times when this is an option, it shouldn’t be your first option. Many people take medication and believe their problems are solved. Medication is a band aid, which should be used to reduce anxiety to get you to a point where you can engage in counselling.
What if the Depression is caused by habitually thinking / dwelling on an issue, person or situation that you have no control over. As our brains and bodies are linked, emotions such as hopelessness, sadness, guilt and shame cause a chemical reaction in our bodies which then causes the Depression. This means that while the chemical imbalance does cause Depression, the root cause is our thinking.
Why the difference? The differentiation between the two shifts the obvious treatment of the Depression from medication to focusing on our thoughts and all of a sudden we are empowered to be the instigators of our own recovery.
Live with Passion
You either have it or you don’t and those that have it, can’t stop talking about it. So what is it? It’s Passion. That thing you have whether it’s a business or a hobby that you love to do, you join groups about it, you talk to people who are passionate about the same things as you. You have no other choice but to live it, it consumes you.
Having worked alongside many entrepreneurs one thing struck me – they’re all soo passionate about their businesses. They work 20 hour days but don’t feel they work a second because they’re so involved in what they do, it never feels like work because they have that passion that keeps them going.
Having also worked alongside many people with mental health issues, what also struck me is the lack of passion with people with Depression.
I have just published my first book entitled “Passionate People”. The book aims to raise awareness of mental illness by showcasing over 30 entrepreneurs in WA who share their secrets of success and failures along the way. Be inspired by ordinary people who have taken action and are now living their dreams, just as you can too.
For further information “Passionate People” and other books I’ve published click here
Are you the 1 in 5?
According to a survey in 2007 by the Australian Beureau of Statistics, 1 in 5 Australians aged 16-85 had a mental illness that year. The survey while indicative of the spread of the problem, didn’t count people in prisons, hostels for the homeless and refugees, homeless, hospitals or aged care facilities. It would be fair to say that a larger percentage amongst these groups of people had some form of mental illness compared to people living in their own homes so the figure is more likely to be 1 in 3.
To make these figures real, think about how many friends you have, how many relatives you have, how many people in your workplace and neighbourhood. Chances are altogether, you know more than 5 people and that means statistically everyone in Australia will know someone who has a diagnosable mental illness. In every workplace where there’s 5 or more employees there will probably be someone with a diagnosable mental illness. Do you know which ones? Can you tell? Would you know what to look for if you did?
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID COURSE
The Mental Health First Aid course covers the warning signs and risk factors of Depression, Anxiety, Psychosis, Suicide Ideation, Non Suicidal Self Injury and Substance Use Disorders. It blows away some common myths about mental illness and attempts to inform and educate people in how to support a friend or stranger who’s having a mental health crisis.
Most people have done a First Aid course at some point in their lives just in case we need to call upon it in an emergency. With the growing rise in people struggling with mental illness, it would make sense to do the Mental Health First Aid course too. Email me on firstname.lastname@example.org or click the link here for further information
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