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You'll have more fun and "play money" than most and the comfortable life you want will take care of itself. Those who are successful through putting work first live by the motto, "Life is easy when you live it the hard way and hard when you live it the easy way." Life is hard for most of us because we focus on what's easy instead of what gets us the best results. The time we're spending playing and doing "fun" things because we're bored could be, wisely, invested in learning, growing, and working towards bigger goals. When done over and over and over again, this small sacrifice few are willing to make adds up to life being dramatically different. It adds up to life becoming better and easier than everyone else's. All because you chose to take the more complicated and difficult route early on rather than the simple and easy one. Force yourself to do the hard things or someone or something else will force you to do them later. Do you want to control the situation or be controlled by it? You want to willingly go through a little pain and work towards a life of your choice or be put in the situation where you're forced to work just to keep your head above water? Unfortunately, most of us are choosing the easy and comfortable route and when it catches up to us, we're controlled by the situation rather than controlling it. Naloxone and Vivitrol are the most employed and useful opioid antagonists. Naloxone is first and foremost a lifesaver. EMTs, police, and, increasingly, friends and families of people using opioids carry a vial or two of naloxone nasal spray to use if someone overdoses. Countless lives have already been saved. Naloxone preparations also include intramuscular and auto-injection syringes. It acts immediately and effectively, reversing respiratory arrest and loss of consciousness. It is like the automatic defibrillator of the addiction world. Naltrexone, a variant of naloxone in pill form, has been used to reduce cravings as well as the rewarding effects of alcohol and drugs. Its relatively new and important utility is in its monthly intramuscular preparation, Vivitrol, which, though costly, can be worth the price for its ability to reduce harm and help toward achieving abstinence. One day, I began reviewing the pages of my feelings journal again because I wanted to find out why depression immobilized me to the extent that it did.

I noticed that some of my writings detailed day-to-day activities, while others concerned tasks that I wanted or needed to accomplish. On page after page, I observed that while some tasks always got done, the same was true in reverse as well. By this, I mean that no matter how much time I might have had, some tasks were never accomplished. My entries seemed to stare back at me from their pages, making me feel as if I'd inadvertently played cruel pranks upon myself; however, there they were, and in my very own handwriting! Among the notes jotted down about how poorly I felt was something else that, while unwritten, was irrefutable--the longer I had shunned my undone tasks, the worse my depression had grown. The fact that some of the tasks I avoided bore an eerie resemblance to many of the things that I did for pleasure or self-satisfaction compounded my frustration. For example: In the above table, one entry refers to my apparent inability to search on-line classified job advertisements. Like many people, I disliked job hunting--after all, was anything worse than the humdrum tediousness of searching for a job? Along with the mind-numbing activity of scrolling through lists of jobs, you then have to reply to the suitable ones, trying to persuade potential employers that you are the best possible candidate. And, if reading their ad once wasn't "enough," I often needed to re-read it a few times to insure that my response addressed their needs, trying to be sincere without sounding needy, while trying to impress them with my experience while not wanting to come off as arrogant. Perhaps the only thing that was worse than job hunting was the very real possibility of facing rejection. The way I saw it, I faced two sorts of rejection. First, there was silent rejection, when I simply didn't get a response. The other sort of rejection occurred after I'd gone through all the trouble to dress up, show up for the interview, and wind up not getting the job. Who needed frustrations like those? For as long as humans have been around, depression has likely existed as well. In fact, depression almost certainly existed long before there were any humans at all. As we can see from the section on learned helplessness, laboratory animals often display symptoms that resemble human depression in many ways, and this has been seen in animals living in the wild as well. Emotions such as grief and loss have been observed in all the different primate species and quite a few nonprimate species as well. Though we are in no position to ask these animals directly about their symptoms, animal models of depression have remained an important part of research into developing new and better ways of treating depressive symptoms.

Treatments for the symptoms of depression can be found in traditional medicine systems from around the world. Ancient Greek and Roman doctors frequently wrote about a condition called melancholia and similar essays on treating depression have also been written by doctors in ancient India and China. Even in the Middle Ages, the early Christian church fathers often wrote about a disease called acedia that could strike monks and nuns living isolated lives in desert monasteries (and which was often seen as being caused by laziness instead of depression). In other cultures, healers often reported on symptoms very similar to what we would call depression in Western countries. In the highlands of Ecuador, for example, natives may develop what locals call pena whenever they experience a terrible loss. The symptoms of pena certainly seem familiar enough, including crying episodes, poor concentration, sleep and appetite problems, stomach and heart pains, and poor hygiene in severe cases. According to tradition, pena is due to a disturbance of the heart caused by being wronged by another person. While it is usually treated with herbal remedies, getting the accused person to make restitution appears to be part of the treatment process as well. People living in different parts of Latin America can also report a condition known as susto (often called "soul loss") resulting from the soul leaving the body following a traumatic experience. Symptoms of susto can include insomnia, lethargy, diarrhea, lack of motivation, and nervousness. Largely seen as a spiritual illness, susto is usually treated by a visit from a spiritual healer who uses ritual cleansings and herbal teas to purge the sufferer of these symptoms. Though healers and shamans have tackled the perennial problem of depression using whatever remedies they had available, they still had very different explanations for why people become depressed. The ancient Greeks blamed melancholia on an overabundance of black bile in the body while Chinese medicine blamed it on diseases of the liver. Avicenna, the Islamic physician whose writings on medicine would spread to Europe and beyond, believed that depression was caused by indigestion. Try also to buy experiences that can be part of a bigger journey for you. Something that takes you closer to a lifelong passion. For instance, why not become the world's leading expert in blue? You would have to look into history (why do we call royal blood blue blood?), science (why is the sky blue?), anthropology (what are the different cultural connotations of blue?), language (why are blue, blau (German) and bleu (French) similar, but so different to azul (Spanish), niebieski (Polish) and sininen (Finnish)?), anatomy (how many shades of blue can the human eye identify?), genetics (why do so few people have blue eyes?) and photography (what is so magical about the blue hour?). If you were to become the expert in blue, imagine saving up for and planning to visit Chefchaouen, the completely blue city in the Rif mountains of northern Morocco, the Blue Nile in Ethiopia, or the Blue Mountains in Australia, where an organic chemical found in the abundant eucalyptus trees in the mountains provides elements for the blue haze after which the mountains were named. Those experiences would be even more rewarding if they were part of your passion for blue.

It would also provide you with an identity beyond your job. So what do you do? I am interested in the colour blue. Across all industries and jobs, even in the SEAL teams and other military Special Forces units where everyone is expected to be fully responsible for their decisions, behavior, and habits, there are always a handful of individuals who can't keep themselves on track and have to constantly be parented. Instead of keeping themselves in line, their co-workers and superiors have to, continually, go out of their way and spend time doing it for them. They have to parent another grown adult. They keep getting in trouble for the same things, have to be continually reprimanded, and someone has to continually repeat themselves to them. It's like having a child in the workplace. I used to be this guy. I was constantly being parented instead of parenting myself and I was too blind to see how selfish and counterproductive it was. Regardless of how many times I was reprimanded and asked to correct my behavior, I kept on getting off track, acting like a child, and breaking the rules. Needless to say, I'm, probably, not welcome back at 99% of the places I worked. Lacking the maturity to parent yourself is selfish, counterproductive, and unfair to your co-workers who are there to do the same job as you but keep getting sidetracked and distracted by having to keep you on track - something you should be doing yourself. It doesn't make you a lot of friends. Parent YOURSELF. Be 100% responsible. Get YOURSELF to work on time. Another adult correcting you and telling you to show up on time is insulting and ridiculous. Keep YOURSELF focused, on track, and following the rules. Again, another adult, who's no smarter or better than you are, shouldn't have to be reprimanding you and teaching you right from wrong like you're a child.

You should know better. Acamprosate has had limited uptake among treatment providers and patients, suggesting its limited effectiveness. This drug is believed to modulate or inhibit brain glutamate receptors, thereby diminishing a drug-dependent person's need to mitigate (by using again) withdrawal discomfort, which induces craving and relapse. NAC (N-acetylcysteine) is available from your local Walmart, CVS, or online. Sold as a nutraceutical, or dietary supplement, it also has effects on glutamate and dopamine transmission in the brain. It may reduce inflammation, a ubiquitous cause of cellular and organ dysfunction. NAC has been used with cannabis addiction and a number of psychiatric disorders. It is quite safe and not costly, but it is not covered by third-party insurance payers. Disulfiram is the old man of addiction treatment. I recall prescribing it, rather unsuccessfully, decades ago. It still exists and is sometimes prescribed, though it is not much sought after. If people take this medication and then drink alcohol, they will soon become sick--nauseated, vomiting, sweating, and tremulous. It is meant to be a deterrent, but if people want to drink, they merely need to stop taking it and wait a couple of days. With a supportive and attentive family it can be more effective. Because disulfiram increases brain dopamine, some have considered it a potential treatment (an agonist) for stimulant addiction. One of the ways I avoided the chore of job-hunting was by going on the Internet and getting lost on dating websites, searching the postings for a possible love interest. This I could do for hours on end. Let's examine how I conducted that particular activity: After going on-line, I would find a suitable personals website. I would then begin my search either by scrolling through the postings one-by-one and saving the ones I liked, or by using a search filter to limit my selections to women who lived nearby or were age-compatible. Either way, that left plenty of ads to go through--and go through them I did!