posted on Aug, 12 2014 @ 10:10 PM
I think of depression a bit differently than many other people. I suffered massive depression at a point in the past, an overwhelming feeling that
lasted for quite a long time, and here is why I think some people are depressed: Depression is a symptom, not the disease or problem. The true problem
is some underlying psychological issue. Something that your conscious mind may even be suppressing. As an example, I have heard of men who know
they're gay, but who haven't "come out" and who may even have families and a wife, who become massively depressed for no apparent reason. Maybe
they weren't even sure that they were gay. This may not be a good example, but it is the first that comes to mind. Anyway, the conflict that is
occurring internally, whether they are aware of it or not, is the disease/cause. The depression that results is just a symptom.
Often times it seems a person's depression is brought on by an event, or a series of events, but I don't think it is the event or occurrence itself
that causes the depression. That doesn't make sense to me. Rather it is that a person is not dealing with the issue in a correct or healthy way. I
find it difficult to get my true meaning across here, but I'm doing my best. The issue runs much deeper than what I've described, and this is just a
generalization. People aren't depressed for no reason, or just for the sake of being depressed. Well maybe some are, but that is another story.
Rather there is an underlying cause for the depression. When generated by an obvious external event that can be connected to that depression, I still
feel that it is a person's inability to process the reality of the situation in a healthy way. So the issue is that one's world-view or world-map is
in conflict with reality in a certain sense. I can elaborate on these ideas if anyone is interested, just send me a PM.
I think another major cause of depression truly is a chemical imbalance in the brain. But from what I have experienced I think that depression that
seems to come on suddenly, especially after a traumatic experience or event, is not due to a natural chemical imbalance, but rather is a symptom of
some more important psychological condition. There may be a chemical imbalance, which would be a symptom of the psychological condition I referred to,
and thus the depression is just a side-effect of the symptom, or the imbalance. So perhaps even taking anti-depressants, only in certain situation,
could be just masking the true underlying psychological issue. I think that psychotherapy would be much more beneficial than drugs in many cases, but
not all, for those who have certain issues, especially depression.
It seems too many psychiatrists today focus on the medical aspect, or the prescribing of drugs to mask the symptoms, rather than actually attempting
to connect with their patients and figure out just why these symptoms have arisen in the first place. I don't think many of them are ready to make
the commitment to their patient that is required for such intensive work.