Posts Tagged ‘depression’

This is a magnificent portrayal of Peter Handke’s mother whose suicide raises many questions of her despondent outlook on life. His visions of finding the mystery are sculpted with at most precinct amid this faded world. Every word of his mother pierces the fainted-heart and flashes the fate of a purposeless existence with agonizing attributes. In all of this Handke’s revelation about his mothers keen on reading books evokes necessary muse. I feel sorry for those who had to face the wrath of Nazi political party and make sense of how this could have impacted normal lives of certain people. Totally dashed by the author for his true insights and writings which could have been buried, forgotten if not for his efforts to bring it up. It deserves more applause, standing ovation and many recognition to reach wider audiences, this is what I honestly hope for this confounding book.


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I learned how the mental illness is berated and still find its issues are deafened. It saddens me to resemble the fate of many silent sufferers and baffles that only when something pertinent is surfaced the focus fades away in the burning problems on hand. Modern psychology gains awareness from the predecessor’s psychological issues of that era and shows the importance of analyzing, then traumas, agony, solitary confinement faced by the world war survivors. This tells us that mental diseases do not cause by chemical imbalances alone since there is no legitimacy claims to prove it. I love this thought seeding point “”Wellness” is too often a thin sugarcoating applied to the bitter pill that late capitalism has prescribed us”. I had a memorable read of this book and request all to check the nuggets of wisdom in here.

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Are you fishing to read some psychological insight about the usage of SSRI pills? then, you have chosen the right referral as this one. It has covered the entire process involved from finding the shrink to requesting for the additional drugs and then follow up. It felt like am witnessing the clinical trials of various drugs and its effects in a single case study! I can understand the emotional pains of the lead character, but the ending was tragic in my strong opinion and left me in total bafflement. 😣

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As I sat in the park after my morning walk, My Friend came and slumped next to me. 

He had completed his 30-minute jog. We chatted for a while. He said he is not happy in life. 

I looked up at him sheer disbelief since he seemed to have the best of everything in life

“Why do you think so I asked my friend?” 

“I don’t know. Everyone tells I have everything needed, but I am not happy.”

Then I questioned myself, am I happy?  “No,” was my inner voice reply. Now, that was an eye-opener for me. 

I began my quest to understand the real cause of my unhappiness, I couldn’t find one. I dug deeper, read articles, spoke to life coaches but nothing made sense. At last my doctor friend gave me the answer which put all my questions and doubts to rest. 

I implemented those and will say I am a lot happier person.  

Doctor 👨‍⚕ said there are four hormones which determine a human’s happiness – Endorphins, Dopamine, Serotonin, and Oxytocin. 

It is important we understand these hormones, as we need all four of them to stay happy.

Let’s look at the first hormone the Endorphins. When we exercise, the body releases Endorphins. This hormone helps the body cope with the pain of exercising. We then enjoy exercising because these Endorphins will make us happy. Laughter is another good way of generating Endorphins. We need to spend 30 minutes exercising every day, read or watch funny stuff to get our day’s dose of Endorphins.

The second hormone is Dopamine. In our journey of life, we accomplish many little and big tasks, it releases various levels of Dopamine. When we get appreciated for our work at the office or at home, we feel accomplished and good, that is because it releases Dopamine. This also explains why most housewives are unhappy since they rarely get acknowledged or appreciated for their work. Once, we join work, we buy a car, a house, the latest gadgets, a new house so forth. In each instance, it releases Dopamine and we become happy. Now, do we realize why we become happy when we shop?

The third hormone Serotonin is released when we act in a way that benefits others. When we transcend ourselves and give back to others or to nature or to the society, it releases Serotonin. Even, providing useful information on the internet like writing information blogs, answering people’s questions on Quora or Facebook groups will generate Serotonin. That is because we will use our precious time to help other people via our answers or articles.

The final hormone is Oxytocin, is released when we become close to other human beings. When we hug our friends or family Oxytocin is released. The “Jhadhoo Ki Jhappi” (Cuddle) from Munnabhai (Indian Movie) does really work. Similarly, when we shake hands or put our arms around someone’s shoulders, various amounts of Oxytocin is released. Now, we can understand why we need to hug a child who has a bad mood.

*So, it is simple, we have to exercise every day to get Endorphins, we have to accomplish little goals and get Dopamine, we need to be nice to others to get Serotonin and finally hug our kids, friends, and families to get Oxytocin and we will be happy.*

*When we are happy, we can deal with our challenges and problems better*

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Did I finish reading this book? It is really hard to believe that I was when am breathing every word of this author journal. Firstly, existing with an illness is not a joke and notice my own reflection at many battling places. Secondly, Having the right and enlightening doctor is pure luck considering the conditions and gruesome functionary of the medical world. When Dr Najar diagnoses Susannah from her drawings of the clock moved me so much that can’t express in words. A big applause and standing ovation for the entire medical community who have involved to diagnose this rare illness and saved many like Susannah’s.

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This book gives hope to think mindful when anxious and depressed. It offers plenty of positive views in the form of animal illustrations encapsulated with quotes which apparently was authors coping mechanism as well. It pulls a courage to feed the right support and happy to see the authors inputs from her own experiences which could make the readers to incorporate with ease. Overall, this book is poised and certainly ‘we all can do all the things’ as highlighted in the book.

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What is it like to have a group therapy concentrating on psychological aspects and bringing the famous philosopher “Arthur Schopenhauer” thoughts for a comprehension? Well, this is the theme discussed in here with different human concerns and the fundamentals of life. The psychotherapist Julius is facing a terminal illness, then accompanies his previous patient Philip, who is currently working as a counselor and a few other people to re-examine his trivialities. If you have never been to any group therapy than you can get an experience by reading this book. The group debates, discuss and raise concerns about their issues in sessions and correlates with Schopenhauer philosophies. Personally I admire these statement on the book:-

1. Nabokov described life as a spark between two identical pools of darkness, the darkness before we were born and the darkness after we die. And how odd it is that we have so much concern about the latter and so little about the former.

2. Life is forever a torment and desire is unquenchable. What a difference there is between our beginning and our end! The former in the frenzy of desire and the ecstasy of sensual pleasures; the latter in the destruction of all the organs and the musty odor of corpses.

A Brilliant book with intellectual properties.

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Depression and anxiety are a conjoined term which many suffer and yet has not attained its true recognition. Matt having an exposure to the illness gave his inputs that can be called as a true memoir. Being a social phobic, anxious feel is engraved deeply which cannot be erased with just positive rain of words. There must be a continuous pattern of good thinking, reflections to make it work. So, this is what Matt has put forward in this book and I feel he has aced it. After “The midnight library, ” I chose this book to try and did not make me susceptible to mediocre views, except being open minded with what is serviceable. I think this book needs to be in every school library and hope it transforms the lives of vulnerable fellow beings. Kindly acknowledge its impertinence and enriched to reach as many as possible. This statement is interesting – “To panic without a reason that’s madness. To panic with a reason that’s sanity” 🙂

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Some banter about life experiences as if is readily available for quoting “life is full of adventuresome”, Similarly, books are that source which can have various layers to show. It takes you for a ride through a dream world where many characters, scenarios, events pass across like a wind in the air. When bad things happen in one’s life, it acts like an energy booster and gives you that hope to succeed in life. Every successful person will have an inspiration ranging from intra personal characters to a famous personality, it is through them we get nourished. But there are others who regret about not getting the desired goals and are blended with destiny. Here comes Mr Book who can open up to fresh possibilities or can we say to a nice feeling. This is not a campaign story for a new worms perhaps a ticking time bomb. One of my unemployed friend was gifted with a book called “who moved my cheese” by Spencer Johnson, it turned her life into a miracle. Many wonder what caused this change, if asked nothing at all from her end. It changed her perspective of seeing things. Likewise, many of our inspirations are driven by reading some of the great books. Not to forget our magical world given by JK Rowling or taste of Britain families highlighted on “Pride and Prejudice”, are truly evident from the genre of books. How many of you have gone to sip coffee while reading Agatha Christie novels? Whenever Miss Marple does on “A murder is announced”, doesn’t make you hungry? Well these feelings are priceless to me, how about others. Like a mixed snack with dry fruits, all sorts of solution are embedded in a collection of parchments called a book. Well presenting a few of inspired quotes for the reference.

Don’t read success stories, you will get only message, Read failure stories, you will get some ideas to get success

– APJ Abdul Kalam

Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.

-Abraham Lincoln

To sum it up, the books will make you dream, develop feeling, raise your hopes and forget about your regrets.

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