Dr. Wedgwood’s Guide to Depression

What is Brain Health?


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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Brain Illness Help Links

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.   


Depression and Anxiety Symptoms
Six Things to Start Feeling Better Immediately