posted on Jun, 28 2006 @ 02:55 AM
Personally, having been "touched" by depression myself, I cannot help but feel that the rise in the statistics of depression is due to a variety of
reasons. First, and perhaps foremost, is that, in the past, depression was simply not reported. It was called malaise or melancholia. Another
reason is that doctors were, perhaps, reluctant to label a disease which, until recently, was not readily treatable.
Thank god for breakthroughs in pharmaceuticals and in cognitive behavior therapies and dialectical behavioral therapies. A lot of people, throughout
the ages, have been greatly misunderstood not only by the medical profession but by the general public as well. For too long, people with depression
have been told to "pull up their socks", "get over it", "just do it". Besides infuriating and frustrating the sufferers of depression, such
adages are worthless.
Depression, for the most part, appears to be due to irregularities in the amount and transmission of serotonin in the brain. It's a chemical
imbalance NOT laziness or someone's lack of desire to perform. Furthermore, depression is often accompanied by other disorders such as ADHD, acute
anxiety, PTSD, insomnia (why do you think I'm on ATS?) or, conversely, too much sleep (not my problem).
On the horizon, there are some very optimistic treatments being developed, most notably a new, experimental treatment that involves deep brain
stimulation using magnetic pulses. Recent testing of this new therapy in a number of medical facilities across north America have shown extremely
promising results. Sufferers of depression might take note of this as the preliminary findings of this type of therapy have been nothing short of
amazing in the treatment of chronic depression.