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Re: the Beast...

Posted by dj on October 24, 1999, at 22:57:49

In reply to Re: ADHD, posted by Noa on October 24, 1999, at 17:14:33

There's a lot of overlap between anxiety and depression too, & where in the brain wiring does schizophrenia generate from -- another mystery for scientists to explore..

Following is an excerpt from a review on the NY Times site of several books on depression. The following piece focuses specifically on the book, The Beast -- A Journey Through Depression & touches on the author's view of the nature of the Beast:

"For someone experiencing clinical depression, the problem is not forsakingthe self. It is knowing what the self is. Is it the depressed, passive
self? Is it the active self that thrives in clear air when depression lifts? If someone is helped by medication, is the depressed self real, the
medicated self false -- or is it the other way around? "Who was 'I'?," Tracy Thompson asks in "The Beast." Her conclusion is suitably not simple: "I cannot tease apart, even now, where personality ended and illness began; they were woven too tightly together." Finally she puts aside the unanswerable question of which self is real and trusts her own experience:"I was more 'myself' on Prozac than off it."

...When a wound follows trauma, we can at least discern a clear cause for pain. But the shadowy sources of depression interwine the biological and the emotional, the familial and the cultural. Ms. Thompson is faithful to this complexity, giving no simple myth of origins. There is the issue of genetics, an angry father, a depressed mother, a home where the "rule of
silence" stifled children's emotions, an automobile accident when she was
14 that left her with a facial scar, withdrawn and self-conscious. But there is no easy cause-and-effect reasoning: Ms. Thompson does not know where the Beast came from, or why he chose her"

> Some of what you describe, Craig, might be anxiety symptoms (thinking about your own response instead of listening to the person speaking). There is a lot of overlap between anxiety and ADD.




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