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[2020-12-15 16:29:35] <Z-Man> That sounds like a good idea idependently of any effects on the psyche :) But yeah, it's well documented by now that our digestive tract, espectially the bacteria that inhabit it, have an effect on the brain. It's just not exactly clear yet what does what.
[2020-12-15 16:33:48] <Z-Man> My personal go-to solution for any psychotic episodes is to go for a run. That was especially important this fall. I can't tell exactly what was wong in my head. Might have been plain depression or autism spectrum meltdown. Or just cabin fever.
[2020-12-15 16:36:53] <Z-Man> These days, I try to not let it come that far by pretending I'm cycling home from work almost every day :) Bonus: I can choose the direction and the ones that don't go towards my workplace start out much nicer so I'm in the green for much longer than on the regular commute.
[2020-12-15 18:23:35] <ljrbot> New news from bzr: [0.2.9-armagetronad-sty+ct+ap] r1199 As a workaround for crashes when attepmting to spawn somethi...
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[2020-12-15 22:32:09] <Lucifer_arma> well, for me, I'm in the worst place you can be with depression. I'm not suicidal, and if I were, I could go to a hospital for immediate treatment :)
[2020-12-15 22:33:56] <Lucifer_arma> otherwise, I'm in that "stay put, do nothing" stage that's in pretty deep. I'm in a good mood, though, so it's not like I'm suffering or anything
[2020-12-15 22:34:14] <Lucifer_arma> so how do I get out and do the other stuff? That's the conundrum.
[2020-12-15 22:35:00] <Lucifer_arma> so, long story short (and I really mean i'm leaving a lot of shit out), I was sitting here doing nothing and reading the news and saw an article about newly published research discussing the link between brain and gut
[2020-12-15 22:36:02] <Lucifer_arma> specifically, they had managed to link some lactobacilli species to depression and other mood disorders. Or rather, the *lack* of some lactobacilli species. So, curious, because I'm lactose intolerant, which is caused by a lack of lactobacilli in the gut, I dug deeper
[2020-12-15 22:36:47] <Lucifer_arma> this new research still doesn't establish in which direction the causal relationship flows, but it did cite previous research where a fecal transplant from a depressed mouse into a healthy mouse led to the healthy mouse becoming depressed
[2020-12-15 22:37:14] <Lucifer_arma> so I asked myself where I could find lactobacilli, since this indicates that there may be a link between depression and lactose intolerance
[2020-12-15 22:37:28] <Lucifer_arma> and 'lo and behold, I found it in greek yogurt specifically.
[2020-12-15 22:38:12] <Lucifer_arma> now, my gut biome hasn't been in good shape for awhile, and there's a chance I caused that condition where alcohol usage kills your gut biome
[2020-12-15 22:38:25] <Lucifer_arma> you'd think it would have recovered by now, and it probably has
[2020-12-15 22:38:55] <Lucifer_arma> so anyway, I had wanted to address gut health, but the probiotic industry is just as snake-oily as the supplement industry, especially since it's part of it
[2020-12-15 22:39:43] <Lucifer_arma> now, my doctor found, almost two years ago, that I *may* have an underactive thyroid. I still haven't gone back for the confirmation blood tests she wanted, because I focused on the addiction recovery stuff at first, then moved to depression, and this one fell off the radar
[2020-12-15 22:40:04] <Lucifer_arma> the problem, of course, is that an underactive thyroid would interact very strongly with depression
[2020-12-15 22:40:22] <Lucifer_arma> so now I'm looking to do literally anything that'll get me out of the house to get those blood tests
[2020-12-15 22:40:39] <Lucifer_arma> right now, that's eating yogurt and wishing I'd been slightly more alert earlier, when I could have gone :/
[2020-12-15 22:41:12] <Lucifer_arma> I will break the cycle, it's a question of "when", not "if"
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