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8 Oct 2013

Parenting: Building A Life Without Depression - Part 3

As I said earlier, I believe a lot of this is preventable with a few tweaks to our life style, but it’s going to take change from all of us. I want to be one of the people who helps to prevent this.

We can talk about statistics all day long. However, I thought it might be better if we learned something.
One of the things that causes depression, or one of the characteristics that many depressed people share is a negative outlook on life: general hopelessness, an inability to perceive goals or a better life. When you have had a tough life, it’s easy to get there. In addition to a rough past, there’s a lot of marketing around telling us how life should be: what car you should drive, what colors are in this season, which TV is the best to own, etc. When reality doesn’t live up to the images we see on TV, it’s easy to let your mind slip.

One of the adverts that always sticks in my mind is the old Mainstay (Kane – alcoholic beverage made from sugar cane) advert. They talk about the Mainstay life: beautiful women in bikinis on a sun drenched beach. They are of course implying that if you drink their product, this is what your life will be. Is that really the case though? Do yourself a favor and go to an AA meeting. There you will find the real Mainstay life. These people have been brave enough to say that they were drinking to cover up problems in their lives.

For those who don’t think alcohol is such a bad thing—it’s just a social thing—think about this. The most immediate effect that alcohol has on your brain is on the higher functions: thinking, learning, remembering and making judgments. Many of the perceived benefits of alcohol, such as being able to dance better and talk to members of the opposite sex, have been shown in testing to be illusions. There is no increase in performance, only a decrease in social inhibitions and a reduction in guilt. If your social inhibitions have been decreased and your guilt has been reduced, what does that mean for you? It’s means that the guilt and social inhibitions are inside you. The alcohol is only the mask that makes you believe they aren’t there for a short while. In other words, you have internal problems with which you aren’t dealing.

Parenting: Building A Life Without Depression - Part 1
Parenting: Building A Life Without Depression - Part 2
Parenting: Building A Life Without Depression - Part 4
Parenting: Building A Life Without Depression - Part 5
Parenting: Building A Life Without Depression - Part 6
Parenting: Building A Life Without Depression - Part 7


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