It’s bound to happen if you’re enduring chronic depression or anxiety. You’re suddenly hit with the feeling that you’re spiraling downward. You become frightened and convinced that you’re about to plummet into the abyss. “What’s happening to me? Help!”
Biology of Mood/Anxiety Disorders
Details matter. Your therapist can recommend a radical change to your diet. But if specifics are left out, your depression and anxiety will be left in. The same applies to exercise, so let’s talk about resistance training.
There were no crossing lights or a gate arm. The panic disorder locomotive slammed into me in 1973. And at 19-years-old, the course of my life was forever changed. So what fuels this runaway train? Scientists thought they were close, until this came along…
Are you kidding me? Depression, chronic stress, bipolar illness, substance dependence, OCD, anxiety, PTSD, and more. We endure their symptoms and fallout day after struggling day. How many of our acquaintances could do it?
Randle McMurphy chomps down on a bite guard, electrodes are placed on both sides of his head, the juice flows, and the seizure begins. Several weeks later his limp body, forehead scarred, is returned to the ward.
Light equates to hope. So when someone cries over “dark days,” you know what they fear losing. But if you ask me, light – hope – only gets snuffed out by choice. There’s a lot of darkness going around these days, so let’s talk about it.
The Christmas noise has eased. But New Year festivities are just days away, and the racket returns. Well, at least we have a few days to search for our marbles, which is huge for folks in our neck of the woods. Let’s roast marshmallows and chat by the fire…
Well, it’s staring us right in the eye, so it’s time to get down to it. All is calm, all is bright for some of us. For others, emotional and mental thunder make a silent night impossible. And so this is Christmas.
Dopamine makes us human. Curiosity, arousal, wanting, attention, purposeful actions, reward-seeking, movement – and the trap of repeating pleasurable behavior. Let’s learn about this marvelous chemical messenger.