Dr. Wedgwood, Myrtle’s wise owl doctor in the Kingdom of Tcha, is an expert on the
brain. Rather than using the term “mental” (as in “mental health” and “mental illness”),
which has developed a negative connotation of craziness and suggests more abstract
ideas of the mind, Dr. Wedgwood prefers the terms “brain health” and “brain illness”
which help us to focus more on the brain as a physical organ that can be understood
and treated. Brain illnesses include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia,
substance abuse, eating disorders and other illnesses that are often misunderstood
as resulting from the limited “mental” abilities of the patient rather than recognizing
them as illnesses of the brain over which one does not have control. Brain illnesses
are the fastest growing cause of suffering around the world. And these serious illnesses
of the brain need to be studied, cared for and treated with the same consideration
that is given to illnesses of the heart, lungs, liver and other organs of the body.
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What is Depression?
Myrtle battles clinical depression, a common yet dangerous brain illness that affects
over 121 million men, women and children worldwide. Caused by a combination of factors
including brain development, environment and genetic predisposition, depression affects
the spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical well-being of a person. This
can lead to a variety of other problems including addictions, heart disease, other
physical illnesses and suicide. Depression can feel like you are being haunted by
a ghost, phantom or invisible monster that keeps you feeling embarrassed and ashamed
about how bad you feel, while simultaneously convincing you that it doesn’t really
exist. It aims to silence you and to destroy your will to live. The cure is to speak
out about it and get professional help. There are a variety of depression treatments
available, although exercise, a diet of fresh, whole foods and Omega 3 fish oils
are of benefit to everyone. Anti-depressants can work well for sufferers of lifelong,
chronic depression who display symptoms of biochemical brain problems. However,
25% of people prescribed anti-depressants in the US don’t actually need them, so
if you are experiencing depression resulting from stress, grief or other recent traumatic
events, you will likely respond well to a combination of a new exercise regime, talk
therapy and even herbal supplements. See symptoms and six things you can do to start
feeling better immediately.