So Confused On What Happened To Me
Posted 15 July 2012 - 12:15 PM
It's hard to talk to my mom about because she thinks I'm overreacting. I am also afraid to get on medication because of the side effects and I want to beat this on my own. I don't know if I'm just in a rough patch or what, but I just worry about everything
Posted 15 July 2012 - 01:30 PM
I was very opposed scientifically and philosophically to taking medicine for my depression until I learned about the recent discoveries about this illness. I am one of those who often desires 100% certittude about side effects, long-term effects of meds and so on.
But this information changed my mind. Even though some of it is preliminary and not absolutely conclusive (100%!!) here is what changed my mind:
Depression reveals changes in the brain: reductions in the density, volume and size of the brain itself and anatomical changes in subsystems such as abnormal atophy or enlargement that is not due to others causes or aging.
Depression reveals a reduction in the growth and number of neurons, protective glia cells and reduction in new brain cell birth [neurogenesis],
Live, real-time brain imaging shows decreased blood flow and decreated energy ultilization in the prefrontal cortex of depressed individuals and increased blood flow and energy utilization in the fear and anxiety centers of the brain.
There is mounting ecidence that depression causes ceullar pathology of brain cells, altering their normal structures: the structures seems unhealthy, disconnected, weakened, disorganized and abnormal in shape and size. The cellular architecture of the brain cells appears unhealthy and abnormal.
Depression has been implicated in atrophy of the hippocampus.
It has been implicated in the loss of brain cell detrites.
These are just a few of the discoveries. Of course, these studies are not absolutely conclusive. But in science, absolute certitude is not possible. There are long-term double blind placebo controlled studies indicating that medications for depression stops the destruction of the brain and reverses damage and aid in new cell birth.
I could share another very important discovery if you are interested.
Basically what I am saying is that you should consider careful the pros and cons of medication and go with your best and most prudent judgement. There is evidence that some therapies like CBT are helpful in the healing of the brain. The brain can heal itself in minor depressions sometimes. For me, the medications were the difference between life and death and so while still somewhat skeptical, I have opted to take them. I am not a health care professional and cannot advise you. I urge you to see a medical doctor if therapy and self-help are not working. Or . . . if your depression seems to be spiraling out of control.
Everyone is different and that is why I can't really give advice. I wish you the best this day!!
"A man is really ethical when he obeys the constraint laid on him to help all life which he is able to help, and when he goes out of his way to avoid injuring anything living. He does not ask how far this or that life deserves compassion as valuable in itself, how far it is capable of feeling. To him, life itself is sacred. He shatters no ice crystal that sparkles in the sun, tears no leaf from its tree, breaks off no flower, and is careful not to crush any insect as he walks. If he works by lamplight on a summer evening, he prefers to keep the window shut and breathe stifling air rather than see insect after insect fall on his table with singed and sinking wings. If he goes out into the street after a rain storm and sees a worm which has strayed there, he reflects that it will surely dry up in the sunlight, if it does not quickly regain the damp soil into which it can creep, and so he helps it back to the lush grass. Should he pass an insect which has fallen into a pool, he spares the time to reach it a leaf or a stalk on which it may clamor and save itself. Animals suffer as much as we do. We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. " Dr. Albert Schweitzer.
"Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind." Dr. Albert Scheweiter.
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