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Re: What's really depressing is...(some notes) bell_75

Posted by 64bowtie on May 25, 2004, at 15:49:47

In reply to Re: What's really depressing is...(long) 64bowtie, posted by bell_75 on May 25, 2004, at 6:17:54

>This is because I thought "how do you come to know/diagnose someone as being non-depressed?"
> Sure there's a DSM-orientated criteria for depression that sorts the depressed people from everyone else, but what about the world outside the therapist's office and the people that have never been to therapy. How do they know?
<<< First, thank you for your thoughts... Also, please note that in the DSM IV, Depression is largely "lumped" under "Affective Disorders". Someone, with their helmet on straight, saw affect as a definitive component common to most manifestations of reported depression. Please look up [affect] in the dictionary. To those not struggling with the distractions of multi-generational and multilayer dysfunction at the roots of their depression, the definition of the word [affect] can add clarity.

> I guess what I'm trying to say is, what is it like being a non-depressed person? do these people know how their lives are different to people who have depression?
<<< Like you say so clearly, depression can be an entrapment. Those not struggling affective disorders, report a relative freedom. Those truly recovered, I don't have a good 'yardstick' for 'truly recovered' other than by report, tend to honor and exult their newfound freedom from on-high. Perhaps it is troubling to those that share here that I honor my freedom and happiness. I counter with the question, "If no-one can recover, why try?"

Thanx again, Michelle





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