I’ve indicated in past notices that I viewed my current neurochemical state on a downward slope and recent observed evidence confirms that. I am alert in this state, but struggling to maintain good health.
Symptoms I have observed in the last several weeks:
Lack of interest in extracurricular or fun things
Slowness, soreness, delayed response time
Dramatic increase in effort required to motivate
Dependence on substances in effort to self-medicate
So most of that is pretty serious shit. There was no sneaking, these things have been accumulating, or increasing. Now, as I try again amidst the fray to gain some objectivity, I see how the symptoms of increasing depression have begun to surround me. At first, I turned to some default negative coping mechanisms like escape, or regression. I was having a lot of angry thoughts, and consistently find my arrow pointed down at the start of every day.
However, as I told my boss yesterday: “this isn’t my first rodeo.” I’ve been down in the black pit before, and my reluctance to go back is all the reason I need to be introspective. I was also talking about that topic last night at my Peer-to-Peer class. I spoke about how I began to grow “tired” of being down, having my life collapse and all that. I continually sought to treat my symptoms, but for years I never really understood myself, my habits, and my flaws which can cause me trouble. That lack of comprehension provided a parade of doomed solutions for me to splay myself upon prior to detonation. That dynamic proved both painful and unsustainable.
Responses I have taken to the onset of depression:
Initiated process with GP to achieve referral to see local psychiatrist (top priority)
Discontinued consistent alcohol abuse as escape mechanism
Discontinued abundant cannabis use as escape mechanism
Established regular exercise requirements outside for at least 60 minutes
Current medications are taken on time and regularly. Organized for minimal dose confusion.
I know what steps I need to continue taking to improve my condition. More activity will help contribute where my current neurochemical cocktail is lacking, but it is not a long-term solution. I need to be doing everything I can to sustain until I can see a doctor and get my medications looked at by a professional. Medication management is one of my “three pillars” theory of sustaining good mental health. All pillars must be strong for stability to be achieved, otherwise, things get tippy.
I continue to walk forward, set on improvement, while conscious of potential pitfalls and internally-generated danger.