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Old 23-04-2017
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The suicidal black dog ride

watched a show this week about guys who had attempted suicide after years of struggling with depression. got inspired by their honesty and courage in the face of despair so as usual made a video about it...



anyone else wrestling with the black dog? do you find a ride clears your head, even temporarily?

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and this is a follow up vid based on all the comments and discussions after the first vid.

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Old 23-04-2017
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Dirt bike riding is the ultimate "mindfulness" session. Better than anything​ to stop the mind going to places it shouldn't.

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Great vid Baz.
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anyone else wrestling with the black dog? do you find a ride clears your head, even temporarily?
clears the head, and the wallet ....

trick is, choke the ****in dog, fill the wallet, and ride on ....

easier said, than done

but doable



one of the best clichés i ever heard was, "tough times don't last, tough people do"

so battle the F@rk on mofo's
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Old 24-04-2017
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...so battle the F@rk on mofo's
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Old 24-04-2017
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Overcoming severe depression is quite a bit like riding.

In as much as if you are struggling with a type of terrain, a hill, getting over logs, it won't necessarily be a particular bend of handlebar or suspension setting ( though it may help a bit ) that will be the magic cure, but it will be an approach to the whole thing that must be learned and then practiced.

The longer you keep doing something incorrectly the longer it will take to adapt to the right procedure. The wrong way becomes entrenched.

Depression is an insidious poison that spreads through your subconscious but if you can get the right strategy in place you can work towards getting on top of it.

The more public awareness there is the better the chance of people getting assistance.
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Been talking to a great councillor for a while now. Really helps me.

Now my depression is situation based moreso than anything else. I'm fully aware when I feel crap physically, I feel depressed mentally. When my physical situation improves, so does my mental state. My councillor agrees, actually she brought it up and I was impressed as it's exactly how I feel.

Keep on battling to anyone out there suffering, talk to someone, go riding, whatever helps.
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It was mentioned earlier, awareness is key to beating the black dog - not necessarily as the sufferer, but more so the people around them.

Every situation is unique, as we are individuals. Bodies (and minds) react differently to meds, therapies, strategies.

IMO the best way to overcome, is accept, monitor yourself while trying different methods to beat it. One day something will "click" into place. This can only come from within, which is why it's so important for the people around you to be aware, and supportive while you battle on. The more someone pushes, or even gently nudges you in a direction they think will help, the further you are from finding your cure.

Bike riding definitely keeps the dog at bay for me. Nothing else compares.

Great vid Baz.
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I'm fully aware when I feel crap physically, I feel depressed mentally. When my physical situation improves, so does my mental state.
I'm in the same boat - been battling depression for about 20 years. i find when i focus on positive stuff and keep motivated - get on the gym at home and of course either jump on the roadie or dirtie i keep the depression at bay - but of course it doesnt always work like that
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I'm in the same boat - been battling depression for about 20 years. i find when i focus on positive stuff and keep motivated - get on the gym at home and of course either jump on the roadie or dirtie i keep the depression at bay - but of course it doesnt always work like that
This sounds like me.

My symptoms haven't been severe until the last year and a bit, after I lost my mum.

For months it crippled me, but lately I've been able to enjoy life again. It's still a struggle at times but doing positive things is one of the best therapies.

I wanted to ride on my darkest days but couldn't handle it. It sucked because it really is great therapy. I've had some really enjoyable rides lately.
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