My last post in 2019 was to tell my triumphant story of weening off of antidepressants. A couple months after, I faced a current of change.
I had fallen into a downward spiral.
Months into this scary downturn, I managed to pull myself away from a full-on relapse before it got out of control, using principles of behavioral science and neuroscience.
If bodily pain helps us survive by warning us about a physical problem, then emotional pain also evolved to help us survive.
Some people handle pain by spiraling into self-destruction while others not only overcome, but excel in extraordinary ways.
It’s clear that there’s no one internal or external factor that causes depression. That may be unfortunate to some, but I believe that should give us hope; we’re not completely beholden to our genes or our life experiences.
If environmental and external factors constitute any significant portion of depression (and research seems to tell us they do) then we can focus on manipulating our personal environments to be happier.