Mental Health Makeover

19Dec
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Mental Health Makeover – Anxiety, mood swings and depression can creep up on you over a period of time. This will be the result of something in your life that has happened slowly or the result of being unaware of the changes within. If you are reading this book then obviously your aware all is not well either with yourself, or someone else you know and are concerned about.

Know thy enemy. Depression is essentially the enemy. What else could it be? It is a saboteur that can destroy your life. To overwhelm your inner opponent whether it’s a habit that needs to be broken or a psychological obstacle that needs to be overcome you need to develop a strategy that will re-channel your energies and restructure your personality.

They say in thy heart lies the truth of the matter. Your mind is separated between your subconscious and your conscious thoughts. Your heart is either one of joy and happiness with life or it is not. Everything is energy. The Law of Vibration.

It has lots to do with your own rate of ‘vibration’ and a low vibration will cause depression and a chemical breakdown in the body.  Also we must use our mind or lose it, as mentally this will apply. Personal happiness plays a big part in how we feel daily. As we get older our enthusiasm can be much lower than it should be. Alzheimer’s and Dementia in men and women can indicate a great degree of sadness and depression has become a predominant thought pattern.

Depression or severe mood swings changes our vibration rate of our body and cell structure.  One of several Principles of the Universe is a Principle of Vibration! On a scale of 1-10 work out your own state of vibration or of someone you know who is suffering from a ‘low vibration’. 1 being suicidal, 5 being melancholy, 7 being enthusiastic, 9 being joyful and 10 being in ‘bliss’. This is how to understand your emotional guidance system. It will also clearly depict your state of mind.

Depression is you are in a state of mind not an emotional state. To get rid of depression you need to change the way you think. People with depression mostly results from a thought pattern with a very low frequency vibration that is all about hopelessness and gloom.

Depression and other mental health issues can lead to suicide. Men over 50 years of age with andropause (Male Menopause) issues may have very low testosterone levels causing melancholy behaviour leading into depression and research has revealed there are far more depressed men out there than they are prepared to admit. This will also apply with women and menopause. HRT – Hormone Replacement Therapy does help, and it can restore fading relationships.

Male suicide occurs at a much higher rate than that for females. Depression leads to suicide so knowing this enemy is very important. Having a strategic plan to overcome the enemy (depression) is essential. The first step is to understand the enemy and where it came from so that this conflict in self can be overcome.

We know men under go many changes in their 50’s just like women do. I don’t think it’s fair to say they are exactly the same as the hormonal and emotional changes for women during menopause but men endure a lot with the modern woman going through menopause today. Physically over 50 year old men notice within themselves more changes, erectile dysfunction and moods deepen, depression for men is common in this age group.

Most men are not aware that their mental health will undergo emotional and physical changes just as a woman does and are in many respects expected to endure aging with little or no drama attached. Women on the other hand make it common knowledge of their mid-life changes. The reality is both genders experience big hormonal changes in the 45 – 60 years plus age group.

These hormonal changes can lead to a lower vibration and a feeling of not being at your best. I have seen the enormous shift HRT therapy can give women and men it is almost like they have been reborn as there former selves and are much happier with themselves and life in general.

Depression is just not about the 45 – 60 years plus age groups. Younger men and adolescents suffer the same fate. Drug and alcohol addiction will play havoc with your moods and rate of vibration. What goes up must come down.

At the time of writing this eBook I was made aware young men and women in clubs and bars in Australia were taking Ketamine which is a horse tranquiliser drug to “get out of it”. This is a heavy drug, it will take you right down well below cannabis so you cannot expect to indulge in these recreational drugs and not believe with regular use you are not changing your rate of vibration and mental health.

Amphetamines and methamphetamine (ice) are also in wide use with adolescents and young adults. Ecstasy use in Australia has been out of control for a long time now. When I arrived back from a three and a half year overseas travel adventure in the 90’s it was well and truly in wide use in Perth Western Australia then. An Ecstasy pill is a love a drug, it increases your emotional response to love, it is highly addictive and used regularly by many age groups.

Regular drug and alcohol use will play havoc with your moods and health. If you are sliding into melancholy states regularly because of continuous drug and alcohol use then the ‘enemy’ isn’t the depressed states you find yourself in, but the vices and habits you now surround yourself with what created it.

Dysthymia, or dysthymic disorder, is a clinical diagnosis of moderate, persistent depression. Sufferers do not routinely experience the extremes of major depression, but the duration can be much longer. Dysthymia does not often inhibit normal activities.

 Also known as manic-depressive disorder, bipolar disorder results in dramatic mood swings in the sufferer. This psychological disorder is characterized by perpetual shifts between manic and depressive phases. During the manic phase, one may feel unnaturally confident, energetic, and out of control.

Cyclothymia is a mild form of bipolar disorder. It is characterized by mood fluctuations that shift between depressive and hypomanic phases. Cyclothymics do not experience the extremes of major depression or manic episodes.

Mild depressive symptoms are common among women following the birth of a child. However if these feelings are severe, the woman may be suffering from postpartum depression. Postpartum depression is a form of major depression experienced by an estimated one in eight mothers. Effective treatments exist for this condition.

The Law of Cause and Effect comes into play also. If you have been doing the same job for years and years and you hate it, your rate of vibration will be low and you will most definitely not be in a state of joy. Same as if you have been in a relationship that is really not working and has not brought you much joy for a very long time. We are conditioned to think this is normal but it is not in terms of mental health.

Young person’s feeling the effects of a results driven society in our education systems and competition within our Universities and employment prospects (with the wide multicultural populations) now may feel a sense of hopelessness leading into depression. Or a highly dysfunctional family unit may do the same? Once again you need to identify when you actually started feeling melancholy then depressed (the enemy), where it came from and seek it out, then with a strategy overcome it.

It might also be apparent your living environment is affecting your state of mind and over a period of time you have got used to feeling below average because of the environment. The old saying a change is as good as a holiday is not far from the truth. You have to know in your heart what feels right. Like if you’re a ‘Sun’ person then living in a geographical area that experiences cold depressing winters and short summers might not be the place for you to be at your best and happiest.

Young person’s feeling the effects of a results driven society in our education systems and competition within our Universities and employment prospects (with the wide multicultural populations) now may feel a sense of hopelessness leading into depression. Or a highly dysfunctional family unit may do the same? Once again you need to identify when you actually started feeling melancholy then depressed (the enemy), where it came from and seek it out, then with a strategy overcome it.

It might also be apparent your living environment is affecting your state of mind and over a period of time you have got used to feeling below average because of the environment. The old saying a change is as good as a holiday is not far from the truth. You have to know in your heart what feels right. Like if you’re a ‘Sun’ person then living in a geographical area that experiences cold depressing winters and short summers might not be the place for you to be at your best and happiest?

Depression does not heal its self. Anti- depressant medication (pharmaceutical drugs) may appear to help, but they are not natural. Although that may assist you in the short term it is not going to be wise to continue using this type medication as a long term solution. Finding the answer to the root cause of how you ended up with depression is the first step to understand your depression.

Now that you have a grasp of the enemy within (depression) and where it might have evolved from (without,) a well-executed strategy needs to be applied to reverse it. This Mental Health Makeover will change the way you feel.

The saboteur of depression needs to be removed. But how? I was given a copy of the book by Andy Shaw called “A Bug Free Mind.” I recommend everyone interested in living to their full potential with love, joy and happiness read that book.

Andy explains things in a nice easy written style and he explains through the understanding of Saltori from the ancient word Satori –  which refers to the experience of kenshō, “seeing into one’s true nature“.

In Andy Shaw’s book “ A Bug Free Mind” he says this about what we think and how we think ~
“Depression is slipping into incorrect thinking. Reading through this first step and the next five will help you understand more about the predicament that is depression.”

I went through a divorce when I was in my 40’s. It was a life changing event not only for me but my daughter. It was then I got an idea to develop a website about men’s health which included more emphasis on mental health information and understanding. Working through all the issues of divorce and child custody one must be patient and tolerant. Over reaction to any issues is not wise and generally results in a poor outcome.

This showed me that you can work through issues one at a time. I look back at that period now and if I had to nominate one book that helped the most it was James Allens “As A Man Thinketh” published first in 1902. I also had faith and belief we would all get through it if I was mindful to everything going on. Keep the love flowing during difficult times and you will overcome anything. 

This article is an Excerpt from the new eBook below and recomended reading for a Mental Health Makeover  taken from Chapter 1 of –

Depression Symptoms, Six Steps to Understand Depression Symptoms and How to Beat It

Depression Symptoms Cover

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