If you read as much as I do about depression, you will not miss the growing opinion that drugs are bad for us, that the entire antidepressant thing is just a ploy of the pharmaceutical companies and that we are all simply falling for their greedy, not lofty, goals.
I assure you however, that the first time you ever sink into a deep dark depression, you will probably take any pills offered to you! Why? Because you will be so desperate to stop feeling the way you feel.
‘Keywords’, did that word even exist before we had internet? Well, I checked and yes it did. It simply means a word that unlocks the meaning.
If we are going to do a good depression review, we need to get down to basics.
Here are my eight keywords for the depression journey:
Tracking progress – that's right, I said 'PROGRESS'! Today I am going to share my progress report. Do you keep track of your depression progress? if you don't track your progress you will feel like you are not getting anywhere and you will get even more depressed.
Here is how I have progressed. Keep in mind that I have bipolar and so I have to track both my high moods and my low moods. I have learned to recognize when my moods are on the move, which unfortunately they usually are! I can tell when I am getting too high and I can feel when I am sinking.
NCIS is one of my favourite TV shows, and apparently the most watched tv show around the world. I enoy the characters. The plots are about murder, yes, but they seldom show gorry stuff. Humour is added into a serious topic. This show doesn't disturb my sensitive nature or bring me down in any way. It is one of my favourite Depression Getaways.
Of course, NCIS stands for Naval Criminal Investigative Service but I have taken a few liberties and made an acronym just for us.
All good detectives take notes and that is what I am encouraging you to do.