Posted by michelle a. on January 7, 2002, at 0:43:04
In reply to Re: effexor scares me, posted by Teva on January 6, 2002, at 20:54:20
i was just talking about this subject the other day with someone.. i think it's both.. more socially acceptable to be depressed...and i think as a society overall, we're getting soft. myself included. we worry about stuff that our predessesors would have slapped us upside the head for being so whiney when they had more important life and death things to worry about like feeding the family. but....
i also think that our society is going straight down the toilet as far as how our families are doing mental-health wise. we have so much more dysfunction, and we put it on jerry springer for all to see, and our kids are having kids and can't fight themselves out of a wet paper bag. we're getting soft and totally forgetting how to raise decent kids.. love them to death but teach them the life lessons they need to survive as adults without too much head-banging against the wall. spoiled kids end up being depressed adults. i've thought about this subject over and over in my mind and i think i can speak from experience. my depression is psychologically based, but i treat it with drugs...(and therapy) go figure...band-aid approach????
> One thing that I have a lot of questions about is, has depression always been this frequent? Is it that it is more "out in the open" now or is there an increase in depression on a large scale? Although I know
> that depression seems fairly common now (being one of the many myself), especially after reading the different messages on this site, has it always been this common? Anybody have any thoughts or answers to share
> on this? I am close to two weeks being effexor free and I do feel better (as I mentioned in a previous post),especially now that the withdrawal effects are getting a bit better, but I feel more in control of my
> life now and although I am continuing in my counselling (with a psychologist rather than a psychiatrist), I do feel that I am in the right frame of mind to tackle the "source" rather than the "symptoms".
> But I am still curious...is it just the age that we live in now, stress, anxiety, etc.?