Several years ago I came across some very interesting research on dreams and depression. I studied the idea, thought about it, and connected several dots about how this had been playing out in my life when I was captive to the depression monster.
The short version is that when our brains ruminate on stress and the stress is not resolved during the day, the brain works on it at night. The worry of the stress gets acted out during dreams which leaves the body feeling very tired in the morning because the body does not go into deep, restorative sleep. No wonder I had such issues of tiredness like I talked about in my last post! Add a medication with the side effect of tiredness and…WHAM!
From my journal:
Further information about dreams and depression:
“No one wants to end their life. They want to end the pain, and we can’t end the pain if we don’t talk about the pain,” said Lt. Governor Cox. “There are messages that need to be shared. There are conversations that need to be had. We need to remove the stigma that comes with mental health discussions, and especially the stigma that comes around discussions of suicide and suicide prevention.”
I gave a talk one year ago and encouraged parents to create a safe place for their teens to express themselves–to give their teens permission to at least write out all of the ugly, negative thoughts in their heads. We need to stop believing that it’s not okay to feel anger, betrayal, frustration, resentment, etc… Let’s show how to express in appropriate ways. My Weed, Feed & File Technique is a great way!
(first published Feb 2018)
This month has been the National Suicide Prevention Month.
There are a multitude of resources available–for those who feel suicidal and for those caring for them. Please look into these resources. Your life matters and so does the life of the person you are trying to be a support to!