Scott Alexander: Mental Wellness – A Choice You Can Make
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‘Mental illness’ has been embedded in our culture since the beginning of time. Some religions believed that mental disorders were caused by one of the gods, others believed that disturbances were caused by problems in the relationship between the individual and God or that abnormal behavior represented the wrath and punishment from God. The punishment was seen as a withdrawal of God’s protection and the abandonment of the individual to evil forces, and the mentally ill considered incapable of deserving humane treatment and protection.
Although the definitions of mental illness changed through the centuries, the social stigma remained the same. The techniques used to ‘cure’ have ranged from leeching to hysterectomies, electroshock therapy and psychotropic drugging and yet the rates of mood disorders keep escalating and the stigma still remains unchanged.
Is it really possible that mental wellness is our choice?
Scott Alexander spent most of his life depressed. In 2010 he lost his job, and his life, career, and identity was gone. Devastated he spiraled into a pit of alcohol, muscle relaxers and pain meds. He developed sleep anxiety and would toss and turn for hours. He’d take a pill or three and chase them with vodka…praying he would sleep. He knew he would wake up hung over and groggy, and that people would comment he looked ill…if they only knew. His closest friends knew something was wrong, but Scott could never admit it. He had lied about it for so long; he didn’t know how to tell them the truth.
Now Scott is 42 and feels better than he has in years. For the past 23 months he has been taking EMPowerplus™Q96. His head is clear, the depression and anxiety have eased. Scott’s story is not fresh or unique. It’s a story shared by millions of people who appear to be ‘happy go lucky’ while hiding their depression. This is one man’s story. But how many other men can relate?