Living with depression is a very difficult thing that most people find incredibly hard to talk about. Depression can take hold after a big loss, or another life event. It can also be a chronic condition that doesn’t always have a clear cause. Some people find that pharmaceutical drugs aren’t helpful for them, or make things even worse. When someone has been in treatment for years without seeing an improvement in their symptoms, it can seem like there is no hope.Enter psilocybin mushrooms! A light at the end of a torturously long and dark tunnel for many. Keep reading to find out why microdosing psychedelic mushrooms is becoming more popular around the world, despite it being outlawed in most places.
Depression Signs & Symptoms
Everyone experiences depression differently, so it can sometimes be difficult to recognize. Here are some of the most common symptoms of depression:
Feeling helpless or hopeless
Loss of interest in activities
Appetite and/or weight changes
Insomnia and/or oversleeping
Anger or irritability
Low energy level
Unexplained aches & pains
Remember that most people will have noticed these symptoms at some time or another in their lives. The more depression symptoms one person has at the same time, the higher the severity of them and the longer they’ve lasted, the more likely it is that they’ve been dealing with depression.
Can Microdosing Mushrooms Help Relieve Depression?
An overwhelming amount of anecdotal reports seem to point to yes, in some people! Of course, it varies by person, since each of our brain chemistry is different. Clinical trials in depressed patients have yet to take place, but studies are showing that there is potential in both higher doses and microdoses of psilocybin mushrooms for treating depression.One study found that microdosers tend to harbour less dysfunctional attitudes, exhibit less negative emotionality, and score higher on measures of wisdom, open-mindedness, and creativity. As our understanding of the power of psilocybin mushrooms and other psychedelics expands, the laws are beginning to relax in some places, which will open the doors for many more studies to explore and prove their numerous benefits.
You Don’t Need to Face it Alone
If you’re feeling depressed, remember that you’re not alone in your struggle. There are many other people out there feeling just as lost and alone. It might help to talk to someone else who has been through something similar and come out the other side happier, or someone who experiences chronic depression but has learned great coping mechanisms to feel better.The nature of depression can make you feel withdrawn from others and make it harder or feel more shameful to seek help. But people who care are out there, and there is nothing to be ashamed about. It is a sign of courage and strength to be able to get yourself the help you need. Talk to your doctor about your depression, or consider talking to a mental health professional. Talk to friends and family, or if you’d prefer to be anonymous, find a supportive online forum, chat room, or phone line in your area. There are even forums such as Reddit’s r/microdosing, where you can read about other people’s experiences with microdosing for better mental health and get feedback from others on your microdosing routine.