About a year ago, read an article published by a site called Health Mad, that listed four foods which can cure depression. Interesting read. But … Having suffered from depression it’s not advice that I would have followed because in my head, my depression was not linked to my food. It was the result of external forces. Thought the food choices were interesting though. Tuna, hummus, walnuts, dark chocolate. Supposedly, they each have a “key ingredient” that helps uplift your spirit.
There is no substitute for professional medical advice. But there are certain sources on the Internet which usually provide reliable health information. One site is WebMD (WMD) and the other site is Everyday Health (EH).
* EH published an article and listed 10 foods to help with the treatment of depression.
* WMD published information about creating a certain diet that, while it may not cure depression, it can help.
For me, depression can only be treated properly if the person doing the “treating” truly makes an effort to understand the your psyche – your spiritual, mental, emotional being; as well as the physical. That involves a lot more than just a 45-minute session with a psychiatrist and/or psychologist, and being given instructions to take one or more prescription medications, and then come back in a month, for several months.
Were it not for my spouse (who is not a medical practitioner but still study some psychology) probing me to try to understand what has caused the “upset” and then coming up with ways to make me realize once again that my life had value and purpose and that becoming “myself” once again was possible, it’s hard to predict what would have happened to me.
Once watched a movie called “The Madness of King George”. Not sure why the king lost his mind, but there was at least someone who was able and capable of treating him. Once he recovered his senses, one of his trusted subjects smiled and remarked to him that “he seemed to be himself once again”.
The king’s response was (something like): “Well I was always myself. But I suppose that it’s good for others that I seem to be myself.”
Once I returned to the “old me”, I was never myself, that is to say, the way that I used to be. Because suffering from depression is very traumatic and once you have gone through a trauma, you are never the same. However, it does feel good to be myself again, in the sense that each day of life is a day to look forward to. It used to be something to dread. Not feeling that way any more when I wake up feels marvelous! 🙂