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Originally posted by dzonatas
There is one problem with depression, and that it keeps one unemployed. I don't clinical depression, as I mean major depression. It's the difference between where one can say 'just get over it'... and where one find themselves a zombie all day because they can't function no matter what they are in thought about. I find most people don't understand this difference. I didn't understand it until I was diagnosed myself. Anti-depressants don't work.
Wish jobs would adapt/evolve along with this evolution!
Note that I've read some responses above and, sadly, they assume clinical or lesser depression.
I've seen the article the OP posted in other forums... I was like YES! finally some scientific proof of not being able to function and why. To me its like the body just can't handle the speed of thought I have. It gets overloaded and becomes depressed -- goes zombie -- doesn't function -- yet I'm still alive inside -- lost. This is a physical thing, it isn't some simple emotion that can be work over and done away with. It's disabled me for the past few years now.
[edit on 27-8-2009 by dzonatas]
Originally posted by merryxmas
I think this article falls short in that regard.
Originally posted by loner007
reply to post by Electro38
not true it is true i use drugs to cope with my depression coz if i didnt i would go insane....but as to the other things absolute bs i never ever get sick i dont over eat .i dont drink alcohol whatsoever....
So please dont post crap.....
[edit on 28-8-2009 by loner007]
Originally posted by Electro38
How can any of those things I've listed be a biological benefit of evolution? They are not.
Originally posted by Mr. Toodles
haha I was right all along. I always said I would never change myself because I like who I am. And who I am is a severely depressed, yet highly intelligent person. To an earlier poster, the beacon of light? It's depression. You mean the beacon of darkness that shall herald in a new age of prosperity!
Anyone is capable of deep ruminations and when you are in a positive state of mind your cognitive functions perform much better. A positive frame of reference, studies have shown time and time again, has a much higher increased chance of success in any endeavor.
On the contrary, a depressed person may "ruminate" but more often than not their deep thinking is so riddled with circular thinking that they cannot see past what is afflicting them to attack the problem from different directions.
A depressed mind is more shut down, the thoughts are weighed down with doubt, pity, woe and this leads to the type of circular thinking is not productive.I think this article falls short in that regard.
Originally posted by St Vaast
reply to post by Electro38
You suggest de-evolution
it seems that way to me, also
I feel the suggestions that analytical thinking is a positive to be drawn
from depression is clutching at straws and attempting to make a virtue
out of a condition which has negative impact on the sufferer's life and the lives of those around him/her
Analytical thinking is not the sole province of the depressed, obviously
Further, most thought processes of the genuinely depressed revolve around the person themselves. It's a form of obsession with self.
Rather than encourage it and attempt to portray it as a positive, methods need to be discovered which will break the depressed person's obsession with himself