It’s been a long time and did not plan to come back to writing until now. My life has come to a complete turnaround since the beginning of the year.
Many things have come up that have left me in the dark not wanting to come out.
If you were wondering, “Where You Been?” I’ll tell you the best way I can. Hear me out as I tell you, “How I Cured My Depression Cycling.”
”Depression is a biomedical condition that will last until a new world. We cannot motivate people with depression by saying “try harder!’ or ‘think positive!” — Anonymous
I never thought I would come out and openly write about my struggle with this all too common illness. My journey coping with depression did not come easily and still hasn’t to this day. But I think I’ve come up with a passion that has help me cure my depression through cycling.
Why Bring This Up Now?
That’s a good question I’m asking myself as I write this. With so many affected by this illness I’ve come to find out that I’m not alone. Many that are dealing with depression don’t realize how so many people deal with this problem and think that their illness is exclusive to them.
For many years I found myself living in denial thinking that I was normal, OK, and nothing was wrong with me. You could not tell me anything because I was stubborn and ignorant to the crucial reality, especially after discovering that my whole family, on my father’s side, was plagued with mental illness.
Apostle Paul counseled us: “Speak consolingly to those who are depressed, support the weak, be patient toward ALL.” — 1 Thessalonians 5:14
There are a number of treatments out there for depression. Many of them vary depending on the severity and type of depression.
The type I suffer from is Bipolar disorder which is also known at manic depression. This can be characterized by emotional extremes that change swiftly between prolonged episodes of intense hyperactivity (emotional highs) and devastating lows (depressions).
The other kind of depressions consist of Major depression, Dysthymia: intermittent periods of major depression, Postpartum depression (Occurring with pregnant mothers), and Seasonal affective disorder.
I’ve found an effective medication, and I am doing better. Along with prescription medication, ” Cycling is my therapy.” *
It All Started with 13.3 mi
It’s all my friend, Rob’s fault. (Smile Friend). No, seriously though I always wanted to get into cycling but did not know how. For years I let my vintage circa 94′ Concord (Now obsolete) mountain bicycle sit dormant outside collecting dust.
Who would have known I’d meet a guy that was so passionate about cycling and yet humble enough to show me the ropes? Not only was he much older than me but could kick my butt cycling. I was inspired.
To make a long story short I was hooked since day one and until this day participate in cycling tours around Sacramento to help raise money for medical research, less fortunate, and just for fun.
It’s helped me tremendously to cope with my bipolar disorder. When I don’t get to cycle I don’t feel right and have to resort back to cycling to receive a level of sanity and balance.
I started this blog in line with my passion for cycling and wanted to help others. My intentions were not to share my most intimate thoughts and struggles with mental illness, but I’m hoping this will help others to get moving in the right direction and try cycling as a coping mechanism. Don’t isolate, integrate!
There Is Light at The End of the Tunnel
No matter what, there is a way you can enjoy life despite being plagued with depression. EVERYTHING is not lost.
Tips Worth Consideration
- Make a decision to seek help if you are in a depressive state
- Find out your family’s medical history and research the type of illness inherited
- Take advantage of all the resources available to you; Employee Counseling, M.D., Therapist
- Find out your passion and try to stick with it — Helps balance mood
*Prodify does not endorse any particular treatment. Each individual should carefully evaluate his/her situation and use good judgement before making a personal decision.
**Inspiration for this story: Malan Darras