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CDRIN: A Turning Point For Depression Research

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Last week I was a guest participant in the CDRIN (Canadian Depression Research and Intervention Network) Training Program held in Calgary, Canada. The training was hosted by Mood Disorders of Canada with Dr. Barbara Everett as our instructor. The event marks a turning point in how depression and other mood disorders are treated by researchers.
Until now researchers haven’t used people with lived experience as equal partners in their projects to solve mental illness. Most of the time a researcher comes up with a solution, tests it on laboratory animals, and then does human case studies. It’s like having your doctor prescribe pills without ever seeing you in person or not asking if you’re allergic to certain medications.

“In Britain it is law that patients or the public be involved in equal proportions to the number of researchers on any project. This ensures that patients and the public have ample opportunity to contribute to all aspects of the organization. Australia has a very well written comprehensive policy but it leaves it up to the individual researcher whether or not to follow the policy.
The U.S. Patient Centred Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) was formed in 2010 as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. PCORI funds a variety of patient-outcome research projects but has a particular commitment to involving patients in setting priorities. It prides itself on producing research that is transparent right from the outset. PCORI also has a well-defined process for obtaining patient and carer advice.” (Dr. Barbara Everett, CDRIN Training Guide)

CDRIN’s goal is to incorporate people who have experienced mental illness with researchers as equals in research projects. CDRIN wants people with lived experience to learn the basics of research and to be able to work with research teams in developing cures and finding solutions to mental health problems. That means people who live with any type of mental illness/disorder such as depression, PTSD, bipolar, autism, anxiety disorder, or suicide (just to name a few) can work as equal partners with researchers on projects. The goal is to find real cures or preventions and put a dent in such issues as suicide. In the past 20 years, no research has been done on suicide prevention!
Lived experience brings to the table valuable information, ideas, and perspectives that researchers often don’t see or think about because of the specific focus of their project. We who suffer from these issues can now advise and facilitate new approaches to techniques that may simply be repeats of past experiments. We don’t need twenty more repeats of something that’s been proven fifty times already! Let’s actually research suicide prevention with goals in mind and not just rehash the effects of antidepressant pills.

I’m looking forward to being a partner with researchers!
CDRIN was launched in 2013 and has five research hubs across Canada. For more information about CDRIN please visit http://cdrin.org

 

 

5 Ideas For Healing Your Soul When Depressed

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Depression is an illness. It affects the mind, body, and soul. While there is medication and therapies for the mind and body, it can seem there’s nothing to help your soul. Sometimes the struggle with depression can seem like a battle for your soul. What can we do to heal or help someone who is feeling punished by God or loosing faith? Here are five useful ideas.

  1. Depression can be an experience your soul chose to undergo in this lifetime. In this sense, your soul knew before it became manifest in your human body the life experiences it wanted on earth. You choose to experience the good and the bad of human life. You might not want to be depressed now, but your soul choose the experience. Realize there is a reason for your suffering that you now have simply muted. 
  2. Your soul may want to or need to experience depression in order to attain a higher spiritual level. Your soul is always seeking the next higher level, the next higher level of godliness. Be aware that while depression is painful and destructive, it can hold some lesson that your soul needs in order to ascend to the next level of being.
  3. Talk to God openly and honestly. Admit to God or the Supreme Being of your belief that you need help going forward. Your angels, spirit guides, ancestors, and soul family are forever at your side, waiting for you to ask for their help. They never abandoned you but are by your side, helping you with gentle words of encouragement. All you need to do is ask.
  4. Ask your local church or faith community for help. Many churches have groups that specialize in ministering to ailing members. Some don’t even require you to be a member in order for you to get help. Don’t worry if you question your faith or get into debates. It’s all part of depression.
  5. Don’t be hard on yourself if you are loosing faith. When you start getting out of depression, you will see the world in a more profound and true way than others. While people might see you as having lost your faith, you’ve actually become a more spiritual person. What you are now will be more loving, honest and true reflection of your soul.

 

Four Things Not To Tell Someone Who Is Depressed

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We want to help someone who is depressed. So we offer what we think is good advice to help him or her. But sometimes we make the situation worse because what we say hurts the depressed person.  You might not think that what you’re saying is hurtful or realize what you’re saying is wrong . So here are four things not to say to someone who is depressed.

 

 

  1. “Snap out of it!” Although it’s tempting to say this to someone who is depressed, it really won’t help. Depression is an illness. It’s feelings and thoughts associated with deep pain, guilt and anxiety. While the depressed person would love to snap out of it, it’s  not something that can be done at the snap of a finger or a single thought. It takes time to fight the negative thoughts of depression. Instead, offer to help the person or ask what you can do to help.
  2. “What are you depressed about?” We all like to think or believe that we know each other. The truth is we often see only what we are allowed to see. Even if the person is a family member or a loved one, there are secrets in the heart that only God and the person know. You might think there’s nothing to be depressed about and you may even feel impatient about why the person doesn’t see the goodness in his/her life. But the person might not feel lucky or happy. Instead, try acknowledging their pain and say “I’m sorry you’re feeling so bad.”
  3. “Why don’t you go for a nice walk?” Sounds like a good plan, right? Exercise is supposed to relieve depression plus a walk provides a nice distraction from negative thoughts. But depression sucks the energy out of a person. Going for a walk might seem easy to you, but to the depressed person it can feel like running two marathons right after each other! Putting the question like a demand instead of making it seem like a choice only aggravates someone who is depressed. Ask instead if he/she feels like going for a walk or maybe doing some other activity with you. That leaves the choice up to the individual plus including yourself shows that you are there to support the person. Don’t get upset if your loved one simply wants to stay home.
  4. “It’s all in your head.” This one is the zinger that will really upset a depressed person. No, depression isn’t all in the head. It’s a real disease that causes real physical problems for the body. High blood pressure, gastro-intestinal difficulties, heart problems including heart attacks, and troubles with the immune system are just a few of the physical symptoms of depression. While depression isn’t something you can cut out like a tumour, it can feel as painful as any form of cancer.

 

Depression In The Bible

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Talk about depression is found everywhere in the Bible. Sure, the modern word “depression” isn’t used in the Bible but the Bible does talk about depression and about people who were depressed. There are words such as downcast, sad, forlorn, discouraged, downhearted, mourning, troubled, miserable, despairing, and brokenhearted which all describe depression or being depressed.

Depression affects women and men equally. The Bible is full of women and men who suffered depression. Women like Naomi, the mother-in-law of Ruth and Hannah, mother of Samuel who was depressed because she was barren. Job, Saul, John the Baptist and Paul are some of the men who suffered depression. Jeremiah was called the “weeping prophet.” Even Jesus experienced depression when Herod Antipas beheaded John the Baptist:

When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. (Matthew 14:13, NT)

Depression is an illness, not a punishment from God. It is a decrease in brain chemistry that leads to lowered mood and physical changes that can be damaging. Depression can be caused by grief, divorce, losing a job, leaving home or other traumatic events. Depression is a part of the human experience that a soul wants to undergo. God does not punish someone for being depressed. The Bible tells how God comforts the downcast, gives hope to the hopeless, strength to the weak, and love for the unloved. 

The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. (Deuteronomy 31:8, NT)

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34:18, NT)

On every page of Scripture, God wants depressed people to find hope and a reason to endure. One of the most beautiful writings of this is 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NT):

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

Special thanks to Jack Zavada ‘What Does the Bible Say About Depression?” reference for this article.

 

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