the lack of exercise. We are told to get active, but even the most health-conscious person is not an athlete. In fact, if you spend time watching TV or surfing the Internet, you are probably not exercising at all. Our body is designed to function at peak efficiency, to do the most work in the most efficient way, not the most work at the most efficient way.
I’ve been guilty of this myself. I’ve been a couch potato with a small waist and a short skirt for as long as I can remember. I’ve cut way back on my workouts, but I’m still not a model and haven’t really worked out in years.
This is the point where I need to tell a story. You see, I was diagnosed with high blood pressure at the age of 19. I was never able to exercise at all. In fact, I stopped going regularly to the gym (even when I did go to, I was always going to the gym with my mom). I knew I needed to get back to my body. I took a class on weight loss and realized I had a lot of potential on my plate.
But even though the disease itself is treatable, it’s the psychological implications that are the greatest concern for people. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the most common psychological disorder among adults ages 20-44 is depression. That’s a lot of people. I’d be curious to know how many of you are depressed. I imagine it’s pretty bad.
I’m not. My depression is much milder than my depression is mild. I think that most people would say I’m pretty normal. I think I have a lot to live for. I think I’m pretty lucky. I don’t have a family, but I’m doing pretty well. I have a job, but I’m really not that bad off. I’ve had the time of my life in the past few years. I’ve probably got a long way to go.
I know, I know, I used to be depressed too. And I still see myself as depressed. I guess that’s because I have a lot of friends who are also depressed. Ive been depressed for about a year now and a half. I think its due to the fact that Ive been trying to do things, stuff. Ive got stuff. Ive been trying to do things over the past year and a half. Ive been looking for a job for awhile.
I think it can be hard to separate the depression from the real world. I think that depression stems from a lack of self-determination and a lack of control over our lives. This is why I love all that you’ve written about, because it points out that depression is not something that is just “something bad happened to me”.
Depression can stem from any number of things, including a lack of self-determination. Our friends at the Center for Youth Wellness have found that one of the primary causes of depression in young adults is a lack of self-determination, and they have found that when teens are given the chance to make a self-determined choice, their depression goes away.
This is not to say that depression in teens is something that should be dismissed, simply that it shouldn’t be looked at as something to be ashamed about. Instead, it should be seen as a normal part of life — a natural evolution from the things we were taught as children to be ashamed of.