Cruisers and anti-depressants

Discussion in 'Australian Motorcycles' started by Diogenes, Dec 18, 2011.

  1. Diogenes

    Diogenes Guest

    I suffer from chronic depression. I have tried various
    anti-depressants over the years and hated what they each did to my
    mental processes so I stopped taking them. I decided to ride the
    black dog bareback so to speak.

    Anyway, time and again since getting my cruiser I have noticed how
    riding it just blows away any depression I have been feeling.

    Yesterday was a good case in point. I wasn't feeling great and it was
    difficult to decide to go for a ride, but once I was on the road all
    of that changed. I was soon grinning from ear to ear. I've even got
    to absolutely loving the footboards on the thing.

    But there's a slight Catch-22. When the depression is realy bad,
    it's also really difficult to get motivated to do anything, including
    getting on the bike, so that's the biggest hurdle, but once I'm on the
    machine, it's not all that long before the WOO HOO thing starts. :)

    I never had that feeling with my previous bikes, so I feel it might be
    a cruiser thing. Or something else... Senility ???


    Onya bike

    Diogenes, Dec 18, 2011
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    GWD Guest

    Well it looks like it's anti depressants for me for a while:
    Don't own a cruiser!
    Can't ride a big bike, at least not for a while!
    I'm finding that the pills work well enough - they've put a stop to
    late night "thinking sessions", and that's a good thing.
    GWD, Dec 18, 2011
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  3. In on Mon, 19 Dec 2011 09:03:01 +1100
    It may well be a cruiser thing, depending on your other bikes.

    The upright riding position and the way that you know you don't have
    to push or go fast or do anything but ride.

    I get the same feeling on the Old Girl, a big lazy relaxed bike
    meaning I can just sit back and feel.

    Zebee Johnstone, Dec 18, 2011
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    CrazyCam Guest

    On 12/19/11 9:03 AM, Diogenes wrote:

    Good. I am happy to hear it works for you.

    The footboard business is a bit of a worry, but, each to his own.

    The bike riding business, I find, also works for physical stuff.

    I have often been sent for a ride, by Angie, "for medicinal purposes
    only". :)

    Could be. ;-)

    Almost any bike that I can comfortably fit on manages to make me feel

    CrazyCam, Dec 18, 2011
  5. Diogenes

    Diogenes Guest

    I was going to point to the Ural, but your next comment cancelled
    that. :-(
    Bummer. Hope things change for the better real soon, George.
    Yes, they work diffeerenet on different people. Also, I'm very strict
    about whant mental side effects I'm willing to tolerate. Long topic,
    we won't go there.
    Often that's an anxiety thing. At least it is in my case, and I've
    managed to treat it with valerian tea. It tastes like engineers'
    sweaty armpits, but it works for me. A couple of years ago I read
    that they used valeran tea to treat WWI veterans who had shell shock
    or battle fatigue (called PTSD these days.) That's when I decided to
    try it, and it helps me get to sleep after anxiety attacks and when
    the brain just won't stop "chattering". Takes about 45 minutes to work

    Onya bike

    Diogenes, Dec 19, 2011
  6. Diogenes

    Diogenes Guest

    Yep, that's it... :)

    I also love the way it handles. Very stable, plenty of
    lean-clearance, doesn't do weird things when encountering bumps whilst
    leaning (as long as you keep the tyre pressures and suspension
    settings right.) Love the thing !!!


    Onya bike

    Diogenes, Dec 19, 2011
  7. Diogenes

    Diogenes Guest

    Yeah, but you don't suffer from panic attacks whilst cornering.

    You've had your fear gland removed. ;-)


    Onya bike

    Diogenes, Dec 19, 2011
  8. I'm suffering depression but refuse to take ani-depressants. I have
    seen the consequences of them so many times including my gf committing
    suicide in March. There is no way she would have done that if she
    wasn't drugged up.

    I find ways of not curling up in a ball in bed. Mine at the moment is
    music as I don't have a motorbike right now. I'm doing sound and
    mentoring a lot of young musos and it is fullfilling and keeps my mind
    off things.

    Keep riding that bike.
    Kevin Gleeson, Dec 19, 2011
  9. Diogenes

    Diogenes Guest

    I will, thanks, Kev. Have a good one.


    Onya bike

    Diogenes, Dec 19, 2011
  10. Diogenes

    GWD Guest

    Thanks. I believe they are doing just that. Certainly the last MRI was
    quite encouraging.
    I must protest. Engineers'sweaty armpits taste the same as anyone
    else's sweaty armpits.

    I have spoken:)
    GWD, Dec 19, 2011
  11. I reckon it's helpful to find things that can be achieved or have been
    put off for a while and in the first case doing it but the second case
    just doing it even though there is no sense of pleasure or confidence.
    Once that particular thing has been completed the old subconscious kicks
    in and brings relief.

    Rheilly P
    Rheilly Phoull, Dec 19, 2011
  12. Diogenes

    Diogenes Guest

    fOn Mon, 19 Dec 2011 12:07:50 +1100, GWD
    That's good news.
    Taste??? Taste??? You lick them? Yuck...


    Onya bike

    Diogenes, Dec 19, 2011
  13. Diogenes

    Diogenes Guest

    Sounds like reasonable advice. Thanks. I'll try and apply this
    Really Foul wisdom as often as I can. :)

    Onya bike

    Diogenes, Dec 19, 2011
  14. Ok, another really foul thing that works probably better, is to help
    others in any way. I'm inclined to think the effects last longer (like
    the OP with the muso's).

    Rheilly P
    Rheilly Phoull, Dec 19, 2011
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    Chris Baird Guest

    Don't own a cruiser!
    Postie bike.

    Hoon it, lean it, skid it, in the residential streets to your hearts' content.
    They're cheaper than the pills and counselling, too. :)
    Chris Baird, Dec 19, 2011
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    will_456 Guest

    Suffered a bit of that myself in the past. The garage filled with toys,
    bikes, boat etc. but couldn't bring myself to get off the lounge and
    make the effort to do the few preliminaries before setting off. Putting
    the fishing gear in the boat or checking the oil and tyres on the bike
    was a monumental task.

    It's very hard the first few times but you've gotto force yourself.
    Check the bike over the night before and put your helmet and boots next
    to the front door so there's no excuse.

    Stay off the alchohol, it only makes things worse, get outside in the
    sunshine whenever you can and see a doctor ASAP.
    will_456, Dec 19, 2011
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    Peter Guest

    I have been told about females, cruisers and good viabrations.
    Peter, Dec 19, 2011
  18. Indeed, I've found some amazing young talent and it picks you up and
    gets you going. It's great watching these guys move up the food chain.
    Kevin Gleeson, Dec 19, 2011
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    bikerbetty Guest

    Road therapy is wonderful - it almost always short-circuits my anxiety (on some rare occasions, when I'm in a bad way, it might take a couple of hundred kilometres, but usually it works far sooner than that.) Best 'medication' ever.

    bikerbetty, Dec 19, 2011
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    thefathippy Guest

    I find all bikes have the same effects (motor or human powered), but
    some more than others. If it's uncomfortable or too serious, the fun
    is harder to find.

    Getting past the Catch-22 is the key. It's *very* easy to say "meh, I
    couldn't arsed", and sit on the lounge, getting even more depressed
    because you couldn't be arsed doing something you love. :^(

    I don't have any reliable suggestions for beating Catch-22,

    Tony F
    thefathippy, Dec 20, 2011
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