By: Dr Alex Robber
According to the American Psychiatric Association, one in six individuals will experience depression at some stage in their lives. It is important to understand that depression is extremely common and requires your consideration, like any illness.
Depression can also be very isolating, and everything you can do to help your friend remain involved is a step in the right direction, explains Tracy Cummings, MD, a clinical psychiatrist and medical director at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s Lindner Center of Hope branch. “It might also make such a difference to just reach out and listen,” she says.
When I think of a great Buddhist teacher, Jim Carrey is not the first one to come to mind. Jim Carrey addresses his struggle with depression. The now heavily bearded star, who generated quite a sensation recently when he made a very awkward interviewer on the red carpet, has some pretty interesting things to say about this complex, enjoyable, challenging, and beautiful thing we call the human experience.
He discusses how extreme depression suffering can be, and how it is related to withdrawing from the ego to achieve liberation from depression. Jim Carrey is a kind of rare talent. Jim Carrey has chosen to share his own personal and emotional journey through mental illness and give us his view of the world in which we all live. Jim Carrey might not be a known Buddhist teacher but when he turned the tables on an inexperienced interviewer, his ability to provide insightful perspective was recently put on full display.
It’s completely futile to spend our whole lives building and curating for ourselves some unique identity, Carrey reveals the surprising realization that he came to after years of fame. The Canadian actor has been outspoken about his depression issues but now he believes he has conquered and risen beyond this barrier.
Keep in mind that deep rest is needed by all human beings, but no human being needs to be deprived. It’s important to release the identity you’ve worked to create your entire life and move forward with an open heart for yourself and the world around you.
All of this is egos: the urge to be important, to be someone, to matter. In news he said, “I am free from business. I am not an affair. When I die, I don’t know what people think of me. Ego creates a distinction that dishonors our natural, relational existence between us and all the other beings.
This deludes us into believing stuff shouldn’t change that we shouldn’t change. It takes us away from relaxing in our own simple goodness, because it makes us believe that even as we are, right now we are not enough. Carrey is right to make these arguments because maintaining an ego tends to separate you from anyone who does not promote your ego.
He said that all that I want is for people here to think of me as a positive energy, a sweet fragrance left behind.
“And all human beings need deep relaxation, but no human being needs to be depressed. Depression is the body saying [“F”]-you, I don’t want to be the character anymore; I don’t want this persona you’ve built in the world to hold on. It’s too hard for me. “The antidote to this misery is to let go of this need to be” other. “As Carrey puts it perfectly,” the feeling of wholeness is a different feeling than meanness. “To feel whole, we have to let go of trying to preserve an image of” me.
He further added
“I am not getting depression at this stage. Depression is not an activity. “I’ve had that for years, but it’s raining now, when the rain comes, but it doesn’t stay. It doesn’t last long enough to plunge me in and drown me anymore.
The people are thinking all the time about depression. The distinction between depression and sorrow is that sorrow is either what happened or didn’t happen to you, or grief, or whatever happens. Carrey now uses nothing to change his mood; no alcohol, no medications, not even caffeine when he used to take his depression medicine such as Prozac. He explained how it made him feel taking drugs, how there were so many ups and downs in 2004.
It’s important to release the identity you’ve worked to create your entire life and move forward with an open heart for yourself and the world around you. You should think of the word’ depressed’ as’ deep rest.’ It needs to depress your body.
It needs deep rest from the role you’ve tried to play.” “I guess I needed to become a popular idea and have all the stuff people dream of and do a lot of things that look like achievement to give up my commitment to those things.
“Then he added. As Carrey argues, none of this actually matters anyway, which should be a soothing idea: “I honestly have no sadness at all in my life. “If you have a new car and stylish clothing it looks amazing and you’ve done something people appreciate. But this will never satisfy you, you will never be satisfied. It is not from where happiness originates. He said I have sorrow, happiness, and elation, and fulfillment, and appreciation beyond comprehension, in this moment. But it’s just weather and it’s just rotating around the globe. It is not sitting on me long enough to kill me. It’s just thoughts.’
Carrey claims that the concepts and structures we have developed are holding us back, and those concepts are what prevent us from being whole. Let’s give ourselves a break (what is “self,” anyway?) and let go of whatever identities we’ve been trying so hard to build. Then, let’s live with an open heart and a sense of humor about ourselves and our world because, in Jim Carrey’s words, none of these matters anyway.
Carrey finally leaves us with what he’s found about depression and sadness. Jim Carrey was lucky enough to see and experience things that most of us wouldn’t have the opportunity to do, but he brought back an important lesson for us all: we already have what we need to be happy, it’s us.
Depression and Its connection with Fibromyalgia
Numerous studies have associated fibromyalgia with depression. Depression contributes to changes in brain chemistry. Many researchers look at sympathetic nervous system disorders which are the part of the nervous system that determines how you treat anxiety and emergencies.
They dare those anomalies leading to the release of substances that are the cause of increased pain sensitivity. The effect is fibromyalgia, with its debilitating pain and depressive feelings. Fibromyalgia and depression have the same pathophysiology, although they are often embroiled on serotoninergic although noradrenergic systems by the same medications of dual action.
Genetic and environmental factors that predispose, precipitate, and are responsible for fibromyalgia and depression and that include laboratory results on the role of depression in fibromyalgia are now being assessed. Additionally, we discuss different aspects of fibromyalgia that help the development of acute depression, even more so than with other syndromes of chronic pain. Consequently, fibromyalgia and other functional pain conditions can be more accurately classified together.
Comparison of signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia and depression
The main identifying signs of fibromyalgia are tender patches on the body. Long-term muscle ache, muscle spasms or tautness, mild or extreme fatigue, reduced strength, sleeplessness, awakening feeling unrefreshed, firmness at waking or after sitting in one place for too long, attention issues, trouble in recalling and performing simple mental tasks (“fibro fog”), stomach discomfort, bloating, nausea, constipation combined with diarrhea (irritable bowel syndrome).
Sensitivity to odors, sounds, bright lights, drugs, other foods and cold comes with fibromyalgia. Patients with fibromyalgia have symptoms of feeling nervous or unhappy, lack of sensation or stinging in the face, arms, hands, legs or feet, increased urinary stress or frequency (irritable bladder), reduced tolerance for workouts and muscle pain after exercise, and a sense of inflammation (without actual swelling) in the hands and feet.
Signs and signs of depression include feeling depressed or helpless, lack of focus in day-to-day activities or changes in favorite hobbies, changes in appetite or weight, changes in sleep, frustration or bad temperature loss of energy, self-loathing, reckless behavior, focus issues and unexplained aches and pains. As you can see, in both cases there are many signs that are similar, giving way to diagnostic confusion.
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