Annie Get Your Flame Thrower! Scientists say Zombie Apocalypse Already Here…
Right now stop and look around.
Anyone seem weird to you?
Someone who in the last two weeks has changed?
Once they were on point, buttoned tight like 80’s jeans.
But now, it seems like somethin’s…just off.
You walk by smiling, their head is down, and slightly turned away.
It’s like they are avoiding any interaction.
Maybe Meg the odd coffee drinking girl from cube 3?
She HAS worn that red dress three times this week.
And that once perfectly styled hair? Now
a quick stuff and forget it.
The long fingernails with dandelions accents?
Grungy, with chipped polish, and hanging cuticles! .
Yeah, it’s as if her fire has gone out.
Yeah, she’s changed alot.
Heck, yesterday she asked if you would take her cat!
She LOVES that cat!
1. Something feels a bit, “off” with her.
2. Giving up on her appearance.
3. Aloof, and seperating herself from interaction.
4. Recent lost desire and interest.
She’s turning zombie!
The Zombie Apocalypse!!!
Quick get your zombie killin kit.
The nail studded bat, homemade flame thrower,
sharpen the garden tools..get your runnin shoes..
While, this could be true…
-I mean our nation is about to give the man who would be
Trump a presidency, so anything is possible,
but maybe, it’s not Zombieism, maybe her hippocampus is shrinking.
The hippocampus, you know, that part of your brain which sounds
like your friendly neighborhood, pachyderm but in fact is responsible
for learning and memory?
Well according to new research, in, Molecular Psychiatry,
depression can cause the hippocampus to shrink.
This would explain the vacant stare, social aversion,
lack of personal care, and giving away once valued things-
all classic signs of depression.
Considering this, you might wonder how many
other office worker bees might be mistaken for
a gathering brain craving zombie herd.
38 million. That means 1 in 12 in the
US suffer from some form of depression.
Worldwide the numbers are even more horrific.
So chances are if you are in a mall, school, or pub,
someone within arms reach is dealing with depression.
Other than the aforementioned effects, here’s what those 1 in 12
might be experiencing.
Among other things it can..
1. Make you inconsistent
2. Leave you confused
3. Constantly hinder progress towards the big dreams
4. Zap your energy
5. Put incredible strain on all your relationships.
Plus is you let yourself get too mentally down, in addition to withering
all your social niceties, depression can literally kill you.
Yet, despite all those negatives, many people don’t sink treatment.
This can be due to a few factors.
The Security Blanket Effect, high cost (mental or financial) of healthcare, and of course many feel they are too far gone” for help.
If this sounds like you, then know this,
according to the study persistent recurring depression
is what causes the damage.
Just like ignoring Paulie the cat in your fridge, ignoring the illness
can have drastic consequences.
The important thing is the shrinkage is reversible.
Yes, luckily just like Trump’s over inflated ego, our
Hippocampus is super regenerative.
So if you think you are depressed, or may have been in the past,
it might be a good idea to consider how you are managing it.
My experience as a depression survivor and coach, concurs with the study, it does seem once you’ve been depressed the physical changes to the brain which occur make it likely your depression will return.
This is what makes depression such a challenge.
Which is why it’s so beneficial to keep a daily mental state journal.
Unless you are tracking your states, you will not see the cycle, the descent from ok, to sorta down,
to I wore the same pants three times this week!
Before you are even aware your self medicating mechanisms
will have already started.
You could over eat, or work yourself to the exclusion of everything else like sleep, food, and companionship.
But if you are tracking your mental states, you will see right there, recorded in black and white, which direction your mental state is trending.
You can then manage your expectations on the low days. More importantly, you’ll be able to consider your day
and be more aware of possible challenging situations.
Knowledge is power after all, right?
Start today and after a week you’ll be surprised at what you learn.
After 30+ years of managing my depression, I know this works.
You can do this.
If you found this article valuable, I ask you to share it to your
one friend who best will use it.
Help me bring depression from the shadows, see it’s
power wither under the light of understanding and
frequent, clear communication.
Thank you for reading.
I’m a depression survivor, and life coach. If you would like
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