(Please note that this article is not intended for those individuals who truly suffer from severe depression which without proper treatment can be a detriment to their health and safety.)
We have all heard the idiom when someone may be a little on the crazy side that he or she “has a screw loose.” Certainly that phrase was intended for those who we deem to be a bit peculiar, silly or eccentric. However, in today’s uptight and depressed society, it may be beneficial for all of us to “loosen our own screws” and start having a little fun instead of dredging through a life of repetitive routines and rituals.
It is no surprise that many people who smoke marijuana on a heavy and frequent basis, also suffer with depression. As with most drug addictions, there is an underlying need to escape reality. No one can deny that marijuana, or cannabis, can have a profound impact with depression by providing a temporary or artificial happiness. However, marijuana can also stifle your ability to correct this negative mindset, and allow you to simply “maintain” this debilitating emotion which otherwise could be resolved with a conscious and consistent effort.
Statistically, depression now affects 1 in 10 Americans, and those numbers are growing by 20% each year. However, America is not the only country plagued with the rising epidemic of depression. Countries such as France, India, and the Netherlands are on par with these statistics as well.
In addition, states with higher rates of depression also show high rates of other negative health outcomes, such as obesity, heart disease, and stroke. Individuals suffering from depression are more likely to be unemployed or recently divorced than their non-depressed counterparts, and women experience a greater risk of depression than men. Currently, healthcare costs for people who are diagnosed with depression are approximately $23,000 per year.
Why? Have humans gone through some genetic alteration where we now lack the ability to produce those very important “feel-good” neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin, etc? Some have, but the vast majority HAVE NOT. Our daily lives of excessive sugars, lack of exercise, minimal outside activities, and mundane routines have pushed many people into their medical doctor’s office, only to leave with a potentially life-long prescription of various anti-depressant medications, or resorting to other drugs like marijuana.
For the majority of people, the drugs are not necessary, but rather provide a “quick fix” to a problem they have allowed to surface due to their own personal lifestyle choices, and our seemingly increasing lack of ability to handle anything that doesn’t make us happy in life. Once again, I am not referring to severe depressive states.
Resorting to an anti-depressant drugs, marijuana or other substances without recognizing how you have contributed to the situation is no different than the person who takes blood pressure medication while continuing to drink excessive alcohol, eat fried foods, and participates in an exercise program that requires them to walk from the recliner to the refrigerator, and back to the recliner. Until we recognize the impending failure with this logic, we will continue to shove side-effect laden drugs into our mouths, which will only contribute to medicines’ ability to simply keep sick people alive.
It may seem to be somewhat of a foreign idea to many, but I am a chiropractor. We have been ridiculed for almost a century now for acknowledging the obvious; that the body can heal itself once the cause is indentified and removed. When a plant begins to wilt, people automatically think of what the plant needs in order to thrive; water, nutrients, and sunshine. When fish begin to die in a lake, we automatically attempt to locate what may be polluting the lake. It would be absurd for us to dump medication in the lake in order for the fish to be healthy. In fact, no one would even think of eating the fish. But, for some reason, humans are different?
The point being made is to begin examining what you may be lacking that the body needs in order to be healthy and happy. One component many of us are deficient of these days is the ability to have fun. When is the last time you jumped on the trampoline with the kids, played in the rain, or danced like everyone was watching? These are just examples, but I encourage you find a way to “loosen your own screws.” I know mine are pretty loose, and I am very proud of it!