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What Is the Opposite Of Depression? The answer will make you think. Mental illness is closely related to other physical health problems.
“The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality, and it was vitality that seemed to seep away from me in that moment.” From a talk by writer Andrew Solomon.
In that talk, he discusses emotional health and vitality. Here I wish to talk about physical health and vitality. With a mental illness, it is not our minds but ‘health’ that goes missing.
I often face physical health issues.
For example, a few years back a scar started appearing on the calf of my left foot; today, it is a 7*4 inch mark. I tell people it’s is a birth mark. It is actually neuro dermatitis caused due to prolonged periods of stress that are often treated with anti depressants. Since I am already on anti depressants there is no way to treat this and it is definitely something that won’t go away ever.
I am currently suffering from severe gum inflammation. An Internet search on home remedies for inflamed gums is to ‘reduce stress’.
Since 2005, I have suffered back pain caused by muscle tension. Again an Internet search says near-constant muscle tension—whether it consists of clenching your jaw, balling your fists, or flexing muscles throughout your body—often accompanies anxiety disorders.
UTI, heavy hair loss, dryness of skin, migraine headaches are the other seemingly smaller health issues caused by depression. Likelihood of diseases of the heart, diabetes, osteoporosis, parkinson, dementia and even cancer are high amongst patients with mental illnesses.
I suffer from serious attacks of Candidiasis i.e. overgrowth of the candida fungi in the system. Candida fungi contaminate the bloodstream and spread throughout the body, causing severe infection. One of the top three symptoms of Candida overgrowth is depression.
Then there is the viciousness of increased appetite. If there is one thing I could wish the medical community figures out a solution to, it would be to reduce the appetite increasing effect of anti depressants. Extra curves and overweight bodies can set even healthy people into a depressive cycle.
For over 12 years I have suffered innumerable health issues and visited multiple doctors. And I am certain I am not the only one. A lot of us don’t even know their physical health issues could be related to their mental health. Whether caused ‘by’ depression or a ‘side effect of’ depression these are some important health issues that plague us.
“Every day, I choose, sometimes gamely, and sometimes against the moment’s reason, to be alive. Is that not a rare joy?” – Andrew Solomon
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From all news reports, clearly, Aftab Poonawalla seems to be a psychopath, and It was a well-strategized story of domestic violence, abuse, subjugation, and a well-planned murder.
Trigger Warning: This deals with domestic violence, gaslighting, murder, and abetting violence, and may be triggering to survivors.
One case has gripped the nation and I do not need to mention which. My problem is with how the news reflects a victim’s character. The disrespect we show to someone who was long abused and lives no more is appalling. The disservice we do to her through spoken and written words lies in the sensationalizing of the entire case.
How do you spot a crazy human? They do not have two horns and red eyes. They may have no empathy but will show it to lure the victim, just like a child abuser lures a child with candy. Their grooming styles may vary but it is mostly about creating an untrue sense of safety and security around the victim. They present themselves as this effortless savior, an ultimate generous destination for a mentally and emotionally vulnerable person.
Fathers play a crucial role in nurturing and raising children, so why isn't paternity leave considered essential?
Some time ago, Bollywood couple Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt were in the news, yet again. An entertainment website, Bollywood Hungama, reported that the expectant father, Ranbir, wished to take paternity leave to spend time with his baby when it arrived.
The website claimed that the actor would not be signing new films for the time being. He would take care of the child, while his wife Alia would return to work at the earliest.
One would think the internet would laud this sweet and thoughtful gesture. Instead, Ranbir got trolled for his decision to be a stay-at-home dad. Netizens made fun of him; they claimed that it was because he had no offers in the pipeline, and Alia was far more successful than him. Others claimed that it was the right decision – his recent films (other than Brahmastra) had bombed, and it was time he reflected on his roles.
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