More people struggle with feelings of depression than is widely reported. Part of the reason for this is that depression is not a single event: it is a staged collapse, so the earlier stages generally go unreported – or unrecognised. Those who believe that depression is a disease have not understood it properly. There is no virus named Depression.
There are no deformed human cells called Depression. There are no cancerous blood groups named Depression. The complex relationship between human emotions and human intellect is the breeding ground where depression is fostered.
It is entirely possible to live and work effectively while battling with constant feelings of hopelessness: people do it everyday.
Some say that drugs can treat depression, but the real truth is that the drugs merely subdue the ability of those individuals who are affected by it to respond to what they are feeling. Is that perhaps why so many people who come off their ‘meds’ frequently revert to a deeply despondent state of mind..?
Further proof that depression is an intellectual and emotional product can be found in its meaning. Depression is described in the dictionary as: the state of being disheartened, unhappy, sad, devoid of hope, miserable, or severely despondent. None of those descriptions are medical; therefore, none of them can genuinely be overcome by drugs – regardless of what the pharmaceutical conglomerates would have you to believe.
The use of the word: ‘state’ in the aforementioned dictionary definition, really caught my eye when I first saw it because it infers that depression is a place where people arrive at (knowingly or otherwise). The state of New York is a real place. The state of California is a real place. If you ask anyone who has spent any time there – they will assure you that the state of Depression is also a very real place.
There are many ‘states’ a person can arrive at easily; yet prove difficult to leave. Delusion, mediocrity, corruption, confusion, fear and depression are just a few, but there are many more. How does somebody arrive at this horrid place called Depression? Simply put: they get there one step at a time. Life’s journeys involve choosing roads that lead to prescribed destinations. In this regard, you must choose wisely.