TWIST

                    BY

              LYDIA WALSH-YILDIRIM

The heart; heavy, twisted, knotted  The mind; groggy, parched, soggy  Once together, at once diverged  You wouldn't believe what emerged  This girl fell down, impact!   One  My goodness "you crater what have you done?"  The legs carried out where the thought process raced to  Ran into the arms of the mind- numbing care of you  Did you hear voices? was somebody there with you  Dark images? Prompts? Suggestion? I'm afraid of you  What did you say? Hell. No.  What did you do  Not to worry now, we'll take care of you   Take these tablets (x4)  The only voice I hear now  Resonates in my mind  Which you want to chain  Heaven forbid explore; find  But I had you sussed, your airs and graces  Wild horses may take me  But you, ain't a chance mate  Keep lookin', next victim  Perhaps easier than I  You- good grief- I just have to sigh  You may walk the walk  I ain't talkin' the talk  These feathers, too bright,  no bat!  confined, no thanks, it's as simple as that    So listen, and hear as I make my plea  "I am me"  Like it or loathe it  I ain't pleasin' thee  I refused the stew; leaves a metallic residue  "the remedy"  Luckily, I found my true melody  The motorway of life, quick! next exit  And I am one who chose the boreens  Winding and finding, I found true nature  The air; my tonic   My senses awaken.  mmm                            The Beginning...

Getting to grips with depression (printed in today's Irish Times) Dear Madam,According to the OECD Health Data Report for 2005, of eleven European countries and the USA between 1994 and 2004, the increase in per capita expenditure on pharmaceuticals in Ireland in the greatest at 169.7%.  Not surprisingly the USA comes a close second at 150.7%.  These figures were quoted in the 2007 Oireachtas Sub-Committee 'Report on the Adverse Effects of Pharmaceuticals'.  But are we a healthier and happier people?  Everyday we read the papers, listen to the radio or watch T.V., it seems we have more and more problems.Today in your Health Supplement article entitled' Getting to grips with depression', I read with interest that we do not understand the causes or symptoms of depression.  'Aware' seem to think it is not a state of mind but a clinical disease.  I'm sure the logical conclusion then would be the this 'disease' needs a medical solution.I read too that it will take a long time to recover.  Will it take a long time because people who feel helpless and hopeless need time to be listened to and believed or would it be that they need to remain on a cocktail of chemicals?Pathological diseases have clinical tests to prove they exist.  However, there is no such clinical test when it comes to depression.  It is just trial and error based on faith, not science, and there are too many errors.We need to make time for our highest values which are uniquely human such as freedom, love, creativity, insight and understanding.  Love, kindness, attentive listening, good nutrition, relaxation, living in the now, good spirituality, deep relaxed breathing, music, dancing, sport, yoga etc. go a long way to help us find our way back to holistic health free from depression.  I know because I was supposed to be ' clinically depressed'!Mary Maddock, MindFreedom Ireland, ENUSP.Rochestown,Cork.

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