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Re: ... with SOME normal people? Declan

Posted by laima on July 23, 2006, at 17:29:26

In reply to Re: ... with SOME normal people?, posted by Declan on July 23, 2006, at 15:23:38

Yes! There is a town called Normal in Illinois!

But what of those people who, due to their persistent poor moods, despite heroic efforts, find themselves utterly unable to function? And then they watch their lives start to disintigrate as a result? Job loss, mystery illnesses with no medically known causes, ruined relationships...It happens! I think there is more than just one type or cause for depression anyway, if that relates to what you mean. But I agree, the language we have has some limitations, and hence, we end up with more misunderstandings than necessary.

> As far as I can see 'depression' is the sort of concept that leads to these sorts of arguments. Depression clearly happens, but since it is not a particular thing, these disagreements repeatedly arise. I can't really see that depression is more informative than saying someone is f*cked. Maybe since we have antidepressants (of whatever efficacy) the concept of depression becomes more solid than it would be in their absence. We have words that are so much more useful than those suggested by psychiatry (dysphoria!). Words like disappointment, social defeat, terror, fear, rigmarole, queasiness etc.
> Normal is unreal and statistical anyway. Is it actually the case that there is a town called Normal in Illinois?




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