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Re: the evolutionary role of depression

Posted by joslynn on April 6, 2004, at 16:02:09

In reply to Re: the evolutionary role of depression, posted by skeptic on April 3, 2004, at 21:46:19

I think there is something very, very wrong with the way we live and work today. We are more productive than ever, yet we work longer hours than ever. Generic landscapes and suburban sprawl threaten to take over the soul of communities. People plug into TV and the internet (and I'm in the latter category) because so many people just want to talk about reality TV, not reality. Something is wrong and maybe people with a tendency towards depression are simply highly attunded barometers, sensing society's problems before others do.

I tried to get some soul back in my life thru 12 step groups and church. That has worked well, but before that, my depression reflected work stress and social isolation, friends casting off friends when they move into life's next phase. I know my new friends won't do that to me, but I had to seek people out like that. I wonder if there was a time when it was natural for people to connect deeply, without having to search so hard for it.




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