Depression resilience is a term that does not get brought up very often among patients and doctors, or among the mental health community in general. I define resilience as my ability to tolerate stress.
Resilience can come from many places, but primarily it comes from the size of your brain and the number of neural pathways your brain has formed.
One way to look at resilience is to say that it comes from confidence. The more you do something, the better you get at doing it and you build your confidence.
And, another more scientific way to look at is to say that it comes from the number of neural networks you have in your brain. Your brain is composed of neurons. Each of these neurons have many synapses. And, these synapses can become tied together with synapses from other neurons to form neural pathways or networks. When neurons are tied together through pathways, they are better able to withstand the effects of stress.
So, another way of looking at building your confidence is that you are growing your brain over time. The first time I stepped inside the gym after my relapse, I didn’t hold up very well. It was a stressful environment for me and I had an onset of symptoms while I walked on the treadmill. But, I went back, again and again. And, things did get better over time. I became more confident in my ability to function in the gym. And, this was the case because getting out around people like this was building more neural networks in my brain and I was more resilient to the affects of stress.