How to conquer activity withdrawal depression?
June 9, 2014 1:20 PM Subscribe
I get depressed when I can't surf. Sometimes it's just a day or two because of work, sometimes its weeks because of an injury or a bout of bad weather. The closest I can find to this on Google are runners who get depressed when they can't run. I realize this is a very first world problem. I'm not going to kill myself and the depression lifts as soon as I can surf again. I can perform my job without getting fired. I have mentioned my depression to my other surfer friends and, while they all itch to surf, they don't seem to get depressed.
I would love to get thoughts on:
1. Non-chemical solutions to not being depressed on days without surf
2. Deeper questions as to why my happiness is so linked to this activity
posted by puertosurf to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (10 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Some more background: I was depressed for years as a teenager due to insomnia / teenage stuff, so I notice very quickly when it comes back. I have never taken anti depressants. Depression ended once I was able to sleep again. I am otherwise very happy with my life, relationships, and career. The depression has small but noticeable impacts on my work and relationships.
I feel like it is not normal / healthy for my happiness to be so linked to an activity. However, I have just found out about the book West of Jesus which claims that surfing produces a high / withdrawals just like drug addiction. Have not read the book yet but it's possible that there is actually some chemical/endorphin addiction going on.