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3 Good Things About Depression


Health & Wellness  (tags: 3 Good Things About Depression )

Agnes
- 570 days ago - psychologytoday.com
There has been a growing controversy both about the effectiveness of anti-depressants -- that half the folks taking placebos do just as well



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Joan M. (1090)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 10:52 pm
Noted, very interesting Article. Thanks Agnes
 

Mm M. (449)
Friday February 1, 2013, 11:05 pm
Thank you Agnes for posting this article at site! There are so many drugs out there now and sadly aj TON of them do more harm than HELP.
 

Les M. (7)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 11:04 am
what?! living with depression for over 30 years, i can say that there is nothing positive about it.
 

Christeen Anderson (467)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 12:33 pm
I disagree. Depression can kill you and will if you let it. I know this from experience. Thank you.
 

Kenneth L. (314)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 1:06 pm
"...I think that we use antidepressants too easily, for too long, and that they are effective for few people (if at all)" Dr. Des Spence, M.D..

"The spurious (not true) basis for claims that the vast majority of emotional suffering is based in chemical imbalances and "broken brains" is only one of many reasons for protest in both the United States and many other countries" Dr. Paula Caplan, Psychologist

(Psychiatry's mental disorders)...is wrong in principle, based as it is on redefining a whole range of understandable reactions to life circumstances as 'illnesses', which then become a target for toxic medications heavily promoted by the pharmaceutical industry," Dr. Lucy Johnstone, Clinical Psychologist

"The reality is there is as no scientific proof that depression is caused by either a character defect or a brain defect" Dr. Bruce Levine, Clinical Psychologist

"In terms of (psychiatric) medication, the evidence that's claimed is the medications are highty effective and not very toxic---but actually in fact the data in Psychiatry are very clear that that's not true. What is true is the medications are barely, if at all, more effective than placebo (sugar pill)" Dr. Colin A. Ross, Psychiatrist
 

monka blanke (74)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 1:39 pm
I find that meditation can help. Try to focus your ego on another perspective; ask yourself what and why and how important that depressed ego is...try to see things from a different point of view...until your ego vanishes, and you'll find out that psychic problems are what you make of them.
I know it sounds easier than done...at least you should give it a try (meditate and locate the problem, until you notice it's all in your mind), then fix it. Meditation is better than medication.
 

Joanne Dixon (38)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 2:28 pm
Firstly, clinical depression is NOT an "understandable reaction to life circumstances." Clinical depression is about as much "all on your mind" as diabetes or ALS or cancer. Try treating them by "sorting out your thoughts." The whole mindset of this article (and many of the comments) is just more blaming the victim.

That said, of course any good thing can be misused, and anything at all can be misunderstood. The vast majority of non-medical people now say "depression" when what they are talking about is grief, and this article (and many of the comments) suggest that even professionals are doing this now. I don't doubt that many psych meds are getting overprescribed! But would you cut off food for everyone to tackle obesity? Let's all get a sense of proportion here. Not to mention some common sense.
 

sandra g. (0)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 3:03 pm
All that can help returning to keep in touch with our soul can help ! thanks
 

Tom Edgar (56)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 4:45 pm

My G P in whom I have much confidence, asked, after the death of my wife, if I was ever "Depressed." my response, was. "Doesn't everybody ?" .... Hasn't every person passing through that awful period suffered the "Puberty Blues.". Lost a loved one ,experienced some awful calamity, felt "Woe is me" Most can and do, face up to it, deal with it or go under. Although counselling and a little assistance from family and friends can help in these transient phases of "The Blues" . for some it is "Beyond Blue". In the past year I lost a son to cancer that put me into open heart surgery whilst I nursed him in the final days, this was followed by the loss of a loved son in law to "Depression" which sent my daughter into "Care", now on the mend. I have endured all of this and although in my late eighties can't say I am miserable, nor depressed, not the happiest period in my life, but for all those who wished me a Happy New Year last year. Don't go saying it again, there is so much a man can take.
 

Aaron Bouchard (127)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 6:11 pm
Noted thanks
 

Iona Kentwell (134)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 1:49 am
Joanne the medical conditions you compare depression to can be diagnosed with medical tests that show evidence of their existence. There are NO medical tests for depression. There are medical theories but no tests, no evidence. The drugs that are given are supposed to handle a physical condition that there is no evidence exists. How would a GP or a psychiatrist know if we are having trouble producing serotonin? There is no test. Psych "disorders" are theories, their drugs cause homicidal and suicidal ideation in 1% of users and with hundreds of thousands of users that is a big problem. They do not compare with diabetes, cancer or obesity.
 

paul m. (93)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 5:43 am

Too many Suicides from depression, and Governments don't wish to speak about it, once a year the total
amount of suicides is mentioned but with the financial problems in Ireland and orther new taxes a lot of people will be depressed ,,and for some.....!!
 

Shan D. (49)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 10:19 am
This article is nonsense. I've struggled with depression most of my life, so apparently I should be one of the most productive people who ever existed. Well, I'm not.
 

Malgorzata Zmuda (182)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 11:26 am
Depresja ma wiele twarzy. Czasem pomaga być krytycznym względem siebie, często wymaga jednak pomocy innych.
 
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