Much like antidepressants, positivity can be found wherever you need them to be. Mediation can be listening to a podcast with soothing music, or it can be going for a run. The goal of meditation is the same; you want to renew your connection with yourself and the world. The shape of the journey doesn’t really matter.
This post belongs to a series on depression. In this series, we’ll talk about how we think of depression, what’s scientifically researched, and possible solutions to the widely spread, modern phenomenon. In this part, we’ll focus on values. Paraphrasing the Quran, scientists worldwide and depressed people themselves; “Depression is a natural reaction to an … Continue reading About values
Poverty and depression walk hand in hand. Surprising though it might seem, it has less to do with living paycheck to paycheck – although that’s rough, too – and more to do with the feeling of hopelessness.
Individualism does, to some extent, correlate with capitalism. The development of consumer culture began to bloom in the eighties, and along side of it has the amount of depressed and anxious increased; chemical antidepressants are prescribed and sold in larger numbers; even digitalisation correlates directly with the same numbers.
We've been told that depression is a result of a malfunctioning brain; that for some reason, some brains aren’t producing the hormones they’re supposed to produce; depression is the result of faults in neurons, of non-existent serotonin. The scientific evidence to back up this claim is selective and narrow.
Is there an increasing amount of sadness around the world, or are we just getting better at recognizing and labeling tabooed topics and feelings?
And if we are evolving, why is it still so difficult to find help?