posted on Feb, 6 2012 @ 06:50 AM
Yes I think you are both right, as Bo said I too agree that being in an environment completely devoid of 'love' likely plays a part in aggravating
the depression cycle that cause some to find 'happier' feelings generated from substances. But I don't think this explains the whole picture by
My mom was diagnosed with severe clinical depression in her 40's, along with all sorts of other mental diseases, she never touched a drug including
alcohol in her life, she wouldn't even take synthetic meds when offered, it eventually killed her and she developed alzheimers and cancer as well. My
grandmother the same, no drugs or alcohol but severe chronic debilitating depression, she had to, back then, be committed to a psych. ward where they
used electroshock at the time. I see the same pattern in my daughter who has never touched a drop or drug, I worry for her. I fully believe there is
some underlying genetic/chemical/insufficiency/pathogenic mechanism at work. I am affected as well.
I see this in others too, people that seem to need to self medicate *to the point of addiction* seem to me to have chemical/bilogical conditions that
make feeling even remotely 'happy' inside IMPOSSIBLE no matter what is occurring on the outside, Having said that too, I do not believe self
medication is unnatural, in fact I think it is very much the normal, it seems to span humanity thoughout the ages as well as into the animal kingdom.
I think it can become hurtful though rather than helpful when one reaches a stage of addiction when the attempts start causing damage to the life
rather than aiding in the functioning of the individual. It's a fine line IMO.
All in all I really believe our society and world is becoming physically more unbalanced, our immune systems (and minds) are becoming overwhelmed from
all manner of toxic and destructive substances. People with underlying predispositions (insufficiencies) need to work very hard to make sure their
bodies and minds have access to all of the various metabolic tools that the system needs to build serotonin, dopamine, etc. and one of the simplist
aids to maintain reasonably smooth functioning I have found for myself is to work hard to keep a stable blood sugar. It took a long long time for me
to even learn just how disastrous for me an unstable brain glucose level was. Sugar is a terrible drug for me, in some ways worse it seems than even a
carb like alcohol.
In the end I think it's all about trying to find the right balance to be able to function at a level where I am not manic or depressed but trying to
stay within the middle. It has gotten much easier the more I learn and employ, I can feel for others who have this problem, I can definately relate,
I've walked in their shoes.