chrisxmartin wrote:I think that depression is a lot more straightforward than people are making it out to be. It's quite the complicated emotion, but a very simple concept.
Depression can be simply characterized by a "depression" in happiness. Specifically depression is either; chronic or acute and chemical or situational.
It is important from a psychoanalytical standpoint to be able to classify as broad of a term as this as simply as possible.
And before people ask, yes, I have been there and back. Life is a much more rewarding experience now.
I see a lot of people discussing nutrition and exercise as well. Both of these play a critical role in the genuine rehabilitation of depression in my opinion. My take on both of this are as straightforward as it was for depression!
Diet: Keep it simple.
Take in plenty of complex carbohydrates, lean protein, and healthy fats throughout the course of five to six equally portioned meals a day.
My take on fats: If I can see it floating at the surface of water at room temperature, I assume that it will do the same in my blood.
My take on carbohydrates: If it isn't brown and doesn't remind me of a fist full of nuts and grain, I avoid it. I generalize everything else as rapid metabolizing (or simple) carbohydrates, which spike insulin levels.
My take on proteins: If it's not lean, I assume that it will not make me lean.
I am also very keen on bioavailability. If you don't know what this is, you should do your research. It deals with the different metabolic properties of different foods. This is a very important aspect of nutrition that is often overlooked.
Exercise: Keep it simple:
Strictly strength training and MMA for flexibility and diversity.
Strength training: Complex exercises only, no isolation (i.e. barbell curls). If it doesn't weight at least 135 lbs and recruit many different muscle groups, I won't lift it. I utilize a strength training program that operates under the principal of liner progression and comprises of five different exercises only, three of the exercises per session, for a total of three workouts a week. It's a simple and quick routine that anyone can do with minimal resources.
Cardio: I don't do it. Strength training has been proven to be far more efficient in maintaining optimal health than anything else. The amount of effort required to squat 285 lbs for 5 sets of 5 three days a week causes your body to go into an incredibly anabolic state. This effort also increases your Basil Metabolic Rate over a course of 24-36 hours. What does this all mean? Increased calories burnt even in the absence of exercise. More, in fact that what can be done with the same amount of time spent on a treadmill. Also, we know that muscle burns far more calories than fat. Increase your lean muscle mass and your metabolism will increase in a directly proportional fashion.
This all fairly well encompasses my take on fitness from a nutritional and physical standpoint.
I was an athlete in college. 2 a day practices. Games. Tournaments. Etc. I ate awesome. Had sex often. Physically I felt super. Physically.
I still had depression. I mean none of all of that changed the fact that we live in a society that, when you look at it, should
produce depression, because it is an aberrant environment that promotes psychopathic values. There is literally no good aspect to our society except for maybe.. smartphones. We're heading to what looks like a death for our species, and everyone is in a fucking brainwashed coma. I find it hard to understand how anyone could be happy, given that.
I find it truly confusing the people that can just go out into that, work 8-10 hours a day for nothing that benefits them (except for their wage slave cheque) and then come home and be happy---some joy at some intoxication event on the weekend that will sedate them for a couple hours. Enough to start the week again. I don't see that as happiness. I see that as delusion that people fight me to hang onto. That is, the subconscious belief that in so looking away from the parade of passing shadows on the wall, an individual runs the risk of falling into the depression i have so described.
It's fucking pathetic. Really. Or at least, I'm pathetic. I have this theory that the smarter/more aware you are, the more you are depressed. Some of us have the ability to transmute the immense suffering into something positive, but, I for one usually just rant on philosophy boards.