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Re: Real Depression LostBoyinNC1

Posted by waterlily on July 11, 2002, at 13:58:01

In reply to Re: Real Depression, posted by LostBoyinNC1 on July 10, 2002, at 22:24:22

> One thing that always gets on my nerves is when I read stuff about depression where its intellectualized. Like the person tries to read poetry or make their illness into an "issues" kind of thing. Mental illness has been intellectualized too much, largely because of the way its thought of by lay people (its just a "psychological" problem).

I wholeheartedly agree with you on this. I get depression even when I'm on medication, and I end up blaming myself for it which makes it even worse. Even though I know intellectually that I have a hereditary depression (I'm third generation, my daughter is fourth), I still keep thinking that if I wasn't so week I would be able to shake this off. To this, my therapist asks "What makes you think that?" She sees this thing as a disease too and tries her best to get me to accept that, but I have a hard time internalizing it. I do defend the use of antidepressants when the subject comes up. My co-worker started talking about how too many people take antidepressants and that all you need to do is go shopping to shake depression. I just told her that you cannot truly understand major depression until you've suffered from it. Case closed.


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