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Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Health | 3 comments

8 Things You Didn’t Know About Depression

For the thousands of organizations that will come together to screen for depression on National Depression Screening Day this Thursday, Oct. 9, thousands more people will finally be on their way to finding relief. College students, military men and their families, as well as other members of the public will have access to screening questionnaires and…

  • Chickenfarmer

    I take issue with the last point regarding cognitive therapy. For me and for several other depressed people I know, it was an expensive waste of time. Others may have different rates of success. Personally, I think staying active, vigorous exercise, accomplishing goals (no matter how small), and sunlight provide better relief then spending an hour talking with a therapist.

  • DR. CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTÉS, Managing Editor of TMV, and Columnist

    I generally would trust the person’s perception and intuitions about what they think/believe/know is needed to help them–given they are knowledgable or inquiring about all the current choices. Although there are times to try new things too, especially when the health issue disrupts healthy relationships and causes a person to be obsessive, rageful and other work and relationship-breaking aspects long term. Otherwise, suggestions are just that, suggestions. Some can rely on combos of both meds and therapy. Some, one or the other. Others have different ideas. I’d agree that the items ‘farmer’ listed above can help a lot of people. But/and, sometimes others need different means to also put to good use.

    In studying brain biology/pyschoneurology… it would appear that most anything that interrupts sedentary mulling [in some cases the circular thought flurry of same vengeful/depressive/negative worry/thoughts–] things like certain music, bodily movement, weight lifting, goal making and executing, sunlight, sleep that is restful, physical sport challenges, being with funny people or films, ‘resets’ for some, the imbalances.

    For others however, few if little of those help to lift back into the range of useful balances of body and mind and spirit. There’s also the eitiology of the imbalance to take into account. There can be genetic factors, trauma factors, serious side effects from drug use, substance abuse, and other factors. And there is also the fact that this particular imbalance or set of variations, is a very wide spectrum that goes from lite and transient, to deeply challenging. For every help one can try or do, there are those who swear by certain protocols, and those for whom the same didnt have enough effect. I think the thing is to keep going and keep doing in the aggregate all things one knows/thinks/believes will aid balance.

    Just my .02. I dont agree with all content in the other nine points either. Including the word’ depression.’ For some it’s mind pain. For others, bodily pain. For many spiritual pain. Or a combination, with often wide range of symptoms. It is a mysterious syndrome that again, just my .02, needs FAR MORE report from those who experience it, rather than only those who observe it. ‘Power to the people’ never grows old when in balance with decency of listening to the patient re their strivings for balance.

  • Chickenfarmer

    Dr. C thanks for your thoughtful comments. They are much more helpful and on point then the above article which seems to take a sort of one size fits all approach to this condition.

    BTW does the author really think that telling depressed people that they are much more at risk of getting sick and dying early is going to help anyone? If some issued a study that said people with green eyes and brown hair are more likely to get sick and die young, all that will be achieved is to make folks with green eyes and brown hair a lot more anxious.

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