Depression or lost mojo?
Last week my friend Lissa was inspired to write a post called The Difference Between Depression & Losing Your Mojo because a friend of hers recently lost her ex-husband to suicide. The suicide topic hits close to home for me and I’ve been following the post and comments closely.
It’s ok, she’s a doctor!
My pal Lissa is a medical doctor, mom, wife, groovy artist and the founder of a movement she calls Owning Pink. As a physician she’s got the credentials (unlike moi) to dish out medical advice about depression.
As a hater of the color pink, some of my long time Giggle On fans may be wondering why I’d be friends with someone who strongly identifies herself with the color pink. I mean, I really hate pink. Ewww, yukk and please don’t be touching me with your pink stuff. *laughing*
As much as the color pink makes me want to hurl chunks, I’m not going to close myself off to a wonderful person just because she embraces her pinkness. Lissa provides services and support to women all over the world. As a physician in a difficult medical environment, I admire her willingness and dedication to educate and empower others. YAY LISSA! Besides, she embodies the “Don’t Give Up. Giggle On!” spirit – I could never turn that away!
According to Lissa, you know you’ve got mo jo when you’re healthy, in touch with your spiritual nature, expressing yourself creatively and your life has purpose.When you have mojo you believe in yourself and that makes others believe in you too. [Sounds a lot like the Giggle On philosophy and I dig that.]
Losing your mojo is a lot different from major depressive disorder. Depression steals your mojo and who wants that? Long live mojo!
According to Lissa (and the DSM IV criteria for Major Depression) the Signs and Symptoms of Major Depression are:
- You’ve lost the ability to experience joy, even when you’re doing what you most love (we docs call it anhedonia & it’s one of the most reliable symptoms of serious depression). If you can’t find pleasure in what used to reliably make your heart sing, chances are you’re depressed.
- You feel depressed most of the day, nearly every day.
- You’ve lost weight without dieting, or you’ve gained weight.
- You can’t sleep, or you sleep all the time.
- Others notice that you’re agitated or you’ve dramatically slowed down.
- You’re fatigued nearly every day.
- You experience feelings of worthlessness or guilt nearly every day.
- You have trouble concentrating or you’re indecisive nearly every day.
- You keep thinking about death, have recurring suicidal thoughts, or have a plan for suicide.
I have a lot of personal opinions about treating depression, improving your mood, taking medication, dealing with physicians and experiences with suicidal thoughts. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms PLEASE get help.
Lissa also encourages her readers to ask for a helping hand. She says:
“Make sure you find someone loving and compassionate to help you sort out what’s going on, not just someone who’s going to drug you without getting at the root of the whole you. Treating depression is a whole other topic, but make sure you get someone who looks at the whole picture of who you are. For tips on how to fight depression naturally, read Natural Medicines for Depression.”
Lissa, thanks for the great post, for the shout out and for moderating this important discussion about depression, lost mojo and suicide. Raising awareness not only saves lives but it improves the quality of lives.
Don’t Give Up my friends!
Find a way to treat your depression, locate your mojo and Giggle On!