13 comments on “What if Everything We’ve Been Told About Depression is Wrong?

  1. Reblogged this on The Secular Jurist and commented:
    This is a long article, but I highly recommend reading it. It explains the causes and treatment of depression in very human terms while shifting the focus from individual maladies to much larger societal problems. Here’s an excerpt:

    “Dr Joanne Cacciatore, of Arizona State University, became a leading expert on the grief exception after her own baby, Cheyenne, died during childbirth. She had seen many grieving people being told that they were mentally ill for showing distress. She told me this debate reveals a key problem with how we talk about depression, anxiety and other forms of suffering: we don’t, she said, ‘consider context’. We act like human distress can be assessed solely on a checklist that can be separated out from our lives, and labelled as brain diseases. If we started to take people’s actual lives into account when we treat depression and anxiety, Joanne explained, it would require ‘an entire system overhaul’. She told me that when ‘you have a person with extreme human distress, [we need to] stop treating the symptoms. The symptoms are a messenger of a deeper problem. Let’s get to the deeper problem.'”

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    • Exactly. And I’d bet my millions if you took a confidential poll of all the licensed mental health professionals in the US, and asked them if their systems that purport to treat human suffering can be salvaged, the vast majority would say “No”. It is beyond corrupted.

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      • I don’t see it that way. We know now that there is no magic pill. It’s all in the mind. Of course, how do you fix a broken mind? Methinks we have to look at traditional medicine from China, India, and shamanic treatments from South America. Time after time we keep seeing these studies that claim Psilocybin mushrooms work at destroying the belief systems that cause depression, yet here in the West we ignore those findings and persist on ingesting the Big Pharma little poison pills. It’s all in the mind.

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    • I know this is a divisive subject and I can only speak for myself but I found that belief systems, childhood trauma, genetics, learned behavior, stress all play a part in this affliction. Did you ever notice that depressed patients exhibit similar symptoms of behavior, patterns of thoughts, like alcoholics? Just wondering.


      • I found depressed patients to be extremely varied – with different combinations of insomnia and hypersomnia, heightened anxiety or fatigue and either weight loss or weight gain. I always had a sense there were multiple distinct conditions coming under that label.

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  2. I had depression at an early age at school and it continued after I left school in a job I hated as much as I hated school. I did the doctors drugs and realised they were not helping. It started to dawn upon me over many years years that everything I had been told by education and the mainstream media was untrue. The more I confirmed my suspicions the less was the depression until today it’s gone. I am now convinced that my depression was caused by cognitive dissonance – being told by authority that things are one way when experience shows they are the reverse. You can cure your own depression by thinking for yourself.

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