How I Escaped The Darkness Of Mental Illness?


The darkness of mental illness can engulf your life, and it might feel like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. However, there is help available, both through medication, exercise, and therapy. Mental illness affects a large number of people around us. Often it can be tough to understand the reason since most people think of it as mood swings. But if you keep feeling that way for a long time, you should see a doctor. Mental illnesses like depression, anxiety disorder, and other forms can prove to be fatal if allowed to thrive unchecked. A lot of awareness is needed to help people understand the symptoms and encourage seeking medical attention.

How I Escaped The Darkness Of Mental Illness
How I Escaped The Darkness Of Mental Illness?

How To Get Out Of The Darkness Of Mental Illness

Interestingly, there is a world of difference That Transcendental Meditation (TM) can make to people suffering from depression. I practiced TM quite diligently and hopefully. However, when I honestly evaluated the effect of the TM meditation on the depressed mood, I found that at the end of the meditation session, I usually got about 10-15 minutes of relief from the depressed mood. That was it. After that, the depressed mood came back just as before.

Mindfulness techniques that I am involved with have had a profound effect on my depressive moods and have been “life-changing”. I have noticed that there is an interaction between physical sensations, such as heaviness and depressive cognitions, that can interact together to form a vicious cycle. Meditation has brought more awareness of how this functions and allows me to observe with knowledge and not get swept up in the sequence. 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT is beneficial in treating mental illness as well. CBT has a much narrower and more practical focus. It mainly focuses on helping us identify our present distorted thought patterns, the negative feelings and beliefs that these thoughts create, and the unpleasant symptoms and maladaptive behaviors that result from our faulty conclusions based on these beliefs.

How I Escaped The Darkness Of Mental Illness
How I Escaped The Darkness Of Mental Illness?

Medication And Treatment

There is no single way to get out of depression. There are methods beyond just meditation and mindfulness. One needs to understand that everyone gets depressed at some point in life. And everyone can recover. Someone who runs a depression support group in the city told me today about a lady who works as a “life coach” after having recovered from depression who said to him that depression is a “state of mind.” That is a significant problem. 

How I Escaped The Darkness Of Mental Illness
How I Escaped The Darkness Of Mental Illness?

Anti-depressants might work for some people. The research on their efficacy is contentious. However, your experiences are valid. If they work for you, please keep that belief. This answer is based on my experiences and lessons learned. My mother has been on anti-depressants for over 30 years (since the time I was born) and is one of the most pessimistic, depressed and lethargic people I know. It’s sad. Now, she’s physiologically dependent on drugs. I chose to quit after four months of taking these due to what I’d seen and partly because I took medicines for epilepsy between 10–15 years of age and had enough drugs. So, in all, it’s a matter of individual choice and personal preference. But relying solely on medicines for getting out of depression might not be the best idea.

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