I was catching the tube back from teaching this morning and heard the announcement that the circle line was suspended ‘due to a person on the track’, people huffed and carried on trying to plan their journey, whilst I stopped dead in my tracks and just wondered what had driven this individual to take their life this morning. It got me to thinking about depression, about loneliness and desperation, which i feel and fear in equal measure are becoming norms within our society due to the speed, stress and high expectations put upon every day life.
I was once offered antidepressants by a Dr, I was a young, heartbroken, confused party girl at the time and looking back I now recognise that there were many underlying issues that I hadn’t yet dealt with bubbling under the surface. I took the prescription, but I chose never to take the tablets. Luckily, I found other ways to work through my pain.
Interestingly, as soon as I got home from this mornings announcement, still feeling saddened, I read an article on the Guardian about depression, an excerpt of what sounds like a fascinating book ‘ Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real causes of depression – and the unexpected solution’ – by Johann Hari. Unsurprisingly, in his studies he found that in fact depression is nothing to do with an imbalance of serotonin in the brain, but due to an individuals circumstances and basic psychological needs not being met. This quote really stood out ”
If you are depressed & anxious, you are not a machine with malfunctioning parts. You are a human being with unmet needs. The only real way out of our epidemic of despairs for all of us, together, to begin to meet those human needs- for deep connection, to the things that really matter in life”
This is why it is so important to me to teach Kobe about what truly matters, to teach him that he doesn’t need to be a big shot, he doesn’t need to make trillions of pounds, he simply needs to be kind, to make lasting deep connections and to follow his heart and do what he loves. The revolution can start now, through our actions, through living and speaking our truth and to reaching out to others.
With ‘Blue Monday’ just a couple of Mondays away, lets move towards deeper connections, living a truth that only we know and being kind to those that cross our paths. and please reach out to someone if you feel low,
Read the full article here