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Re: nothing helps morganator

Posted by SLS on April 24, 2010, at 7:25:50 [reposted on April 25, 2010, at 0:36:52 | original URL]

In reply to Re: nothing helps, posted by morganator on April 24, 2010, at 1:14:34

> I apologize if I am coming off as arrogant and opinionated. I am simply very passionate about what I believe in and can get a bit carried away in expressing those beliefs.

Me too!

Yes. Everyone has been exposed to psychosocial stress during their lifetimes.

I agree with you in that many, if not most, cases of depression are the result of an interaction between genetics and epigenetics, including stressful experiences. It occurs to me, though, that you will always find what you are looking for if perfection is the standard by which you compare all other experiences. Stress is a phenomenon that occurs with all forms of life. It is a state of challenge to homeostasis. It is probably necessary for psychological growth and improvement in man. An abnormal reaction (mental illness) to normal stress is pathology. How do you define pathological stress? I don't know. The line delineating normal and abnormal is probably fuzzy and somewhat arbitrary. However, it becomes easy to recognize as one moves away from that line. I have a problem with pronouncing every childhood as being riddled with pathological experience. Perhaps this is not your intent. So, the question becomes, has there ever been a childhood that you would deem normal and not a substrate for depression? Has not evolution built into the majority of us coping mechanisms - both physiological and psychobiological - to deal with the normal stresses of childhood?

I have bipolar disorder because I have a genetic vulnerability and I once stubbed my toes as a toddler. Sounds ridiculous, I know.

Abnormal reaction to normal stress?

Normal reaction to abnormal stress?

I guess it depends upon what you are looking for.

- Scott

The measure of achievement lies not in how high the mountain,
but in how hard the climb.

The measure of success lies only in how high one feels he must
climb to get there.




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