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Re: Depression as a brain homeostatic reset

Posted by seldomseen on March 23, 2009, at 12:00:38

In reply to Depression as a brain homeostatic reset, posted by linkadge on March 20, 2009, at 18:45:13

Well, I do think people's mood fluctuates from time to time, but I'm not sure it is designed to provide a more reality driven state.

I think a "happy" reality is just as real as a "morose" reality.

I think clinical depression is a chronic potentially fatal disease process. I lean toward separating it from the more spiritual interpretation of the symptoms.

However, the suffering it causes is very real and the search for meaning in that suffering I think is a uniquely admirable trait.

I also think that, just as life-style changes can ameliorate other illnesses, changes in thought patterns, stress management and ventures out of the "depression-induced comfort zone" can help.

While I want to make clear that I do not think one can *will*, *think* or *pray* their way free from depression, these actions certainly fall well within the "first do no harm" approach to treatment and may be of benefit.

In the field in which I work we use the mantra "prayer and predisone" when nothing else seems to be working.






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