It's definitely hard to relate to mental dis-ease/unease unless you've either been through it or have some education in regard to it. Myself, I experienced depression some years back. Nowadays, I love researching how the human mind and body tick. The research side is definitely empowering for a number of reasons
- It gives you the ability to kind of separate your self from the dis-ease as much as possible. Instead of believing you are your depression, you can come to understand to some degree that you are someone whose mind and body is experiencing the state known as depression. Your state of mind does not define you
- It can help in conveying to others reasons for the behaviour and thinking associated with mental dis-ease
- It can enable you to manage more productively in a number of ways, once you know how you tick
The list goes on when it comes to the benefits of self-education.
My daughter has just completed 1st year in psychology (year 10) and we have fascinating conversations. We and my 13yo son approach life from many angles. For eg: Whilst we acknowledge happiness from a spiritual angle (energetic connection to life), I will occasionally ask them to figure out ways in which they can consciously boost their serotonin (chemistry for happiness). Instead of solely asking 'What will make you happy?' I'll occasionally get them to become conscious of trying to alter/trigger their chemistry in a number of ways. It's a bit of a weird angle but most often works.
Also, it can be hard to slip those runners on or find the motivation to cook a meal when dopamine levels aren't great to begin with. If dopamine is not at optimal levels, motivation can be almost non-existent. Looking into what increases dopamine naturally also provides benefits.
So, we can alter what's going on up in that lab through external means (with anti-depressants and anti-anxiety meds) or we can work out the best possible system which alters the chemistry through natural means. Both have benefits and both can involve quite a trial and error process. Either way thought processing typically still needs to be addressed, as thoughts (based on how we identify with life, esp through past experience) will also influence the way we tick. How we identify is, without a doubt, what goes toward shaping our identity. We are super complex creatures indeed.
Take care Hamburglar436 and keep in mind that a little research can go a long way