A couple of weeks ago my friend and yoga teacher committed suicide. She was suffering from depression and bi polar disorder which is a chronic mental illness. She was burned out from working too much because she never permitted giving herself a break. In additional to all of this she was suffering from insomnia which is a core symptom of bipolar disorder.
The stigma and the excruciating intolerance along with the prejudice that I witnessed was atrocious and heartbreaking. This came from people who knew her and from people who didn’t know her. The judgment was appalling and non stop.
It’s so important to destigmatize mental health issues. It’s time. I am so done with it being swept under the carpet and people turning their backs on depression and mental illness. I'm seeing a lot people posting suicide prevention hotline numbers, which is great and how else can we help people that need care and are too embarrassed to ask for help?
Dr. Charles Raison from the School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison, states, “Depression is different. Because it is at its essence a perceptual disorder, it causes one to see the entire world as pain. It feels painful inside, but it also feels painful outside. When a person is depressed, the entire world is disturbed and distressed, so there is nowhere to escape. And it is this fact that makes suicide so seductive, because it seems to offer the one available escape option.”
The World Health Organization WHO — Depression: Let’s Talk
Dr. Shekhar Saxena, Director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse at WHO said, “For someone living with depression, talking to a person they trust is often the first step towards treatment and recovery. Depression is also an important risk factor for suicide, which claims hundreds of thousands of lives each year. A better understanding of depression and how it can be treated, while essential, is just the beginning. What needs to follow is sustained scale-up of mental health services accessible to everyone, even the most remote populations in the world.” Continuing she explains, “In addition, people with depression normally have several of the following: a loss of energy; a change in appetite; sleeping more or less; anxiety; reduced concentration; indecisiveness; restlessness; feelings of worthlessness; guilt; hopelessness; and thoughts of self-harm or suicide.” She continues,“One of the first steps is to address issues around prejudice and discrimination. The continuing stigma associated with mental illness was the reason why we decided to name our campaign Depression: Let’s Talk.”
Recoding the Brain with Quantum Living & Neuroplasticity
Quantum Living incorporates the Quantum Physics World View, this world view is infinitely open exploring the behavior and the interaction between matter and energy with consciousness. It embraces the concept that the external world manifests itself depending on how you observe it, meaning there is no separation between you and your environment. How you feel and how you observe your external world is how it will show up in your environment, meaning your life. In the Quantum World View, the universe is not a separated and independent machine acting mechanically as Isaac Newton believed, instead it’s an interactive, interconnected, malleable and creative universe that is shaped by how we perceive and observe it.
It is so alarming to find out that not too long ago, science believed that the capacity of the brain was fixed. Science assumed that the brain that we were born with until early adulthood was all that we had, and from there it was all down hill. The new science of neuroplasticity has completely changed all of that. Our brain is like a muscle — our mind can be trained to improve intelligence, learn new skills, be kinder, be happier, become more content and we can also heal ourselves etc.
Our brains are constantly being redesigned according to the experiences we have. If you think about it you would have very different behaviors now than 20 years ago. The modification that occurred is neuroplasticity, making changes and actively reconstructing the brain structure and reorganizing everything we are experiencing, learning and adapting to.
As we continuously repeat a thought or emotion, addiction, compulsion or habit, we’re penetrating and reinforcing neural pathways into our brain. These thoughts then create the reality of our life in either a positive manner or negative manner.
So we want to be positively conscious™ and positively mindful™ on what we feed our brain so we can make positive changes in our lives.
We work out our bodies and now I am suggesting for us to work out our brains with Neuroplasticity, which is the muscle building part of our brain. By constantly doing this we are strengthening our synapses and neurons. As we do this overtime our brain will become automated to what we have conditioned it to.
Celebrate Who You Are. Celebrate Your Life. Celebrate Your Essence.
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Part of the article originally published at MarinaRoseQDNA.com Nov 17, 2015