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Re: Depression is a created illness and ...... Hanks

Posted by Penny on October 22, 2003, at 8:01:46

In reply to Re: Depression is a created illness and ...... Penny, posted by Hanks on October 22, 2003, at 1:18:32

> How many patients are still there in this board to find an expedient fix to their causes even after decades of experiments with different chemicals? If we can endure what drugs inflict upon us as loss of efficacy and ultimately relentless sufferings why can't we just try a drug free period to educate our brain to cope with what we call depression, anxiety, panic...?

I've tried the drug-free period, and, guess what? My depression relapsed.

> Depression is a self limiting disease. If untreated it will resolve in six to nine months. Antidepressants can shorten this period and psychotherapy is equally effective. This is what I read as a basic theory of depression. How many of us have bothered with these basics?

Six to nine months. Great - if it was ONCE and not REPEATEDLY. If EACH EPISODE lasts that long, and you have RECURRENT EPISODES, then you spend your entire life battling this disease. Or it becomes 'self-limiting' through suicide. Take your pick.

Anyone who doesn't understand the reality of depression and other mental illnesses needs to spend a week in the psych ward at their local hospital. Six to nine months? Tell that to the elderly lady who had been suffering from recurrent depression since the birth of her son - she's now 78. Or the woman who would be the first to tell you that her life is wonderful - so why does she always want to kill herself? She's constantly in and out of the hospital, and NOTHING works for her. No, medication doesn't work. ECT hasn't worked. Therapy hasn't worked. NOTHING. One day, I fear, she will succeed in killing herself. A wonderful woman with so much to offer the world, except for the horrible disease that keeps her trapped.

It did teach me that I'm not alone, it taught me that there are others who have it worse than me, and, as the elderly lady said to me, in all seriousness, "Unless you've been there, you don't know, do you?"

I suspect you've never been there. And that's okay. Continue to think what you want to think. That's YOUR reality. Depression is mine - and I didn't choose it.





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