Written by Jennifer Roldan, LMP at Northwest Wellness
As we go through life we encounter people from different walks of life and have our own unique experiences. Some of these experiences are either chalked up to life lessons or are just too traumatic we just can’t seem to overcome them. Recently, I received news that one of my favorite YouTube group/channels called Cyndago, tragically lost a member from a suicide. The member of the group was revered by so many for his talent and passion to create; to say he will be missed is a gross understatement.
Mental Health awareness in our country feels like a taboo subject. The phrase “don’t air out your dirty laundry” comes to mind. However, bottling up emotions and failing to communicate won’t solve anything either. Today’s medical markets are flooded with medications that are meant to treat depression and most come with pretty scary side effects.
According to the National Network of Depression Centers (NNDC) 11 in 100,000 people die yearly by suicide and mental illness is the one of the predicting factors. 21 million Americans over the age of 18 are suffering from a mood disorder.
The triggers for anxiety depend on the individual and coping with depression on top of a panic attack can be pretty debilitating. The effects of stress and anxiety on the human body are pretty astonishing. I’ve been reading through some medical research about how massage can benefit someone who suffers from mental health issues (i.e. depression, anxiety, and stress) and the information is quite amazing.
The human body reacts to stress both mentally and physically, including down to the cellular level. The power of human touch alone and our body’s response is just astounding. Massage decreases cortisol (which can increase blood pressure and blood sugar and decreases the immune system) while increasing dopamine, serotonin, and neurotransmitters.
If you or someone you know needs guidance about treatment for depression or any other mental disorders, please seek help. Below are listed some of the hotlines and communities. You are not alone. My hope is that our society will one day embrace the idea of everyone talking to a counselor without feeling ashamed and mental health better understood.
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