Hello, My name is Glynn Hobson, I am not a doctor BUT I want to tell you that:
"I have been intimate with depression for a large part of my life"
. Depressionsymptoms of, at least in my mothers case, being lack of energy, motivation or spirit. My mother was chronically depressed for the greatest part of her short life, she died in her early fifties (younger than I am now) not from the symptoms of depression but (in my opinion), from the so called cure! The more 'chemical cure' that she took, the worse her symptoms became.
Our family GP and other so called professionals put her on a cocktail of drugs, Valium and other 'mothers little helpers', she was popping more pills than Micheal Jackson. She just got progressively worse until she was admitted into hospital, taken off her pills (cold turkey) and she would be fine, fore a while. No symptoms of depression, then after a few months the pattern would be repeated throughout her life.
Talk about the circles of life!
I was in my late teens in the very early 70's and my mother would worry about me getting involved in 'the drug scene', I would say to her "why would I go buying drugs on the streets when I could just visit your dealer and get them for virtually free" as prescriptions were in those days.
I swore to myself I would never go down that route, Being in denial, of course, I didn't count drugs like Alcohol, Tobacco, excess food and the occasional joint.
I still carry the feelings of guilt for blaming her for her depression, for not being like other mums. I don't remember my mother being 'normal' since I was around 10 years old. I recall comparing her to the weather forecasts, when a severe depression was looming. I have learned to forgive myself for having these feelings of resentment, helplessness and shame, after suffering the same problems of depression myself.
My theory of the cause of her depression (based mostly on knowledge gained after she passed away) is that she never got over the trauma of her childhood experiences of mans capabilities for outstanding cruelty. Born in the Sheffield area, amongst the steel and engineering factories, at a time just preceding the Second World War. My mother was only a very young girl when she experienced night after night of being subjected to bombing. Commonly known as Doodle Bugs, the drone from the engines of these self propelled bombs could be heard from a few miles away. The noise would get louder and louder, hopefully then getting less loud as it passed over. but all too often the noise would suddenly stop and then it was common knowledge that the bomb was going to land at least pretty close by. Counting the seconds before the explosion - Is it going to be me? Yes I learned to forgive her !!!
Did You Know?
There are (according to Google) well over 73,000,000 searches each year for the term depression! That is 6,120,000 people looking for information relating to depression EVERY MONTH or OVER 200,000 Every single day!
Don't count on your Family and Friends for Help and Support!
I find that it is the surest way of finding out who your friends truly are. Most people are too concerned with themselves to spend their time on your problems. ironically I also find that the same people are the fist to expect your help in their times of need. Seek out help from others who understand your problem, someone who has suffered and beaten depression, there are plenty of groups on the internet. If you don't find someone you can feel comfortable with straight away, keep trying. It is important to feel comfortable, to be able to talk freely.
I have suffered from depression, stress, and anxiety, to the point of having a heart attack when I was 45 years old, perhaps its 'in the genes', perhaps its psychological, perhaps both, who knows?
What I do know is that it is possible to control them without drugs!
Most of what we become anxious or depressed about is IMAGINATION!
"What" I hear you say
Please take a moment to think about that here!
My mothers depression wasn't caused by being injured or hurt from the bombs BUT from what she imagined. Yes it can be depressing to know that we live in a world where these so called "Intelligent people" can throw bombs at innocent civilians, men, women and children BUT worrying about it to the point of depression isn't going to help anyone, it certainly didn't help her.
I have a simple little method, that I use, to forecast the possibility of depression looming. I ask myself: What do I foresee my long term future to hold for me? NOT what do I wish for! But what do I expect! I, firstly, get myself into a relaxed state of mind. I allow my imagination loose to paint the picture (or produce the movie).
Is it Good or Bad? Positive or Negative?
If I am happy with my picture (or movie) GREAT - no depression looming.
If I am not happy with it I ask myself:
Do I feel confidant that I can change it? Do I have the courage?
If I still feel negative (am I still worried) I take this as a warning sign!
I don't deny the worry, I work on it, I change the picture!
It is so easy, particularly in times of stress, to keep running the worries through our minds that we don't have time to think of the solutions. "We can't see the wood for the trees". Not the most intelligent way to go about our lives BUT one that the vast majority of us turn to at some time.
I am not advocating that you do not seek advice from your GP, I am saying to consider his/her advice along with as much information as you can find, particularly the side effects of drugs. They are after all TOXINS.
Apart from the odd heart attack, a double hernia and an appendix removal operation, I can count on one hand the number of times that I have visited a GP. I rarely suffer from anxiety or depression and when I do I quickly bring it under control. If you click on any of the links (the words in blue) you will find some of the methods I use, I urge you to try them before you take to drugs. They work for me and thousands of others!
Life is worth living and you can learn to enjoy it again!
I found this video on You Tube. See if this effects your thinking (your mood)
Depression Symptoms of Video
The following article was taken from 'The Week' - Health and Science
( 5th September 2009)
The magic of sugar pills
There's a crisis in the pharmaceutical industry, and it's partly the fault of placebos, reports Wired magazine. In order to grt the go-ahead from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), drug companies have to show that the new medicine being introduced is more effective in treating illness than a sugar pill or any other sham alternative. Yet a growing number of trials are falling down on that very point, and industry experts say this is partly because, for reasons that remain mysterious, placebos are proving ever more effective. According to one review of trials of antidepressant drugs, the proportion of those succumbing to to the placebo effect - whereby the brain, duped into thinking medication has been taken, triggers a healing response in the body - has almost doubled in the last 20 years. As a result, fewer medicines receive licenses; in 2007 the FDA approved just 19 first-of-their-kind remedies, the fewest since 1983. Pharmaceutical companies are now struggling to improve their understanding of the placebo effect, in the hope either of creating licensable therapies that exploit the mechanism, or else of developing trials that distinguish the benefits of their drugs from the body's innate power to heal itself.
I firmly believe that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance, whether this is through our thinking or our diets, both can be remedied. I wish you all the best in your endeavors. My personal email address is at the very top of this page, if you wish to contact me please feel free to do so, I would like to hear how things turn out. I have included some links at the bottom of this page where can find out a little more about me, I am a genuine person.