Hi, I’m Jim. I have clinical depression.

February 16th, 2020 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized

That probably comes as a shock to those who know me only as a humor writer and motivational speaker. But it’s true. And I’m not alone. One in four suffer with this dark cloud of despair.

You can watch my encouraging story of overcoming clinical depression here or read the text version.

And here are some more resources if you may feel you may be dealing with clinical depression or other mental health issues.

There is hope and help! Feel free to email at jim@jameswatkins.com if you need an empathetic ear.

If you found this video hopeful and helpful, please share on your social networks. Thanks!

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  • Thanks for sharing about depression. I would add what I’ve found out in the last two years. About 20% of the population does not respond to the drugs. Over the last 14 years, under several doctor’s supervision, I’ve tried several different drugs with no results. The doctors response was to add another drug or increase the dosage.

    In 2018, I found a psychiatrist who offered a psychotropic DNA test. This is the only DNA test approved by the FDA. While most drugs are processed by the body through the kidneys, mental health drugs are processed through the liver. This has allowed the scientists to isolate how different genotypes respond to these drugs. I fall into the category that my genotypes do not process these drugs.

    My doctor also offered Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. These are non-invasive treatments that simulate the areas of the brain effective by depression. If you google TMS or transcranial magnetic stimulation, you can see several different videos depicting what happens in a depressed brain. For many people, a six-weeks course of daily treatments re-stimulate the brain back to normal activity, For some, like myself the maintenance is longer. I saw remarked improvements in the initial six weeks, And slowly, it is getting better, but I still a ways to go.

    Thanks for sharing and maybe this information will also help others. Please feel free to ask any questions.

    Lyndie Blevins
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