Sick or not sick - what is depression?

10 Feb 2012, 15:39
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On the one hand, depression, like neurosis, is a disease. On the other hand, it is, indeed, a serious mental illness, like schizophrenia or epilepsy.


A depression is comparable to a running nose: people living in northern latitudes can't avoid it. When we say that this a real disease, we distort the image of a disease for the patient. Disease is a medication, dependency on doctors, fear that it will take a chronic form, etc.

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Could slaves in the galleys ill afford to chronic fatigue syndrome? They would be immediately thrown overboard. The question is whether a man can afford it or no.



As for me, depression is when a person lies on the couch and nothing can't make him to get up.


If a man rose from his couch and went to a psychologist with the words: "Doctor, I have depression," I believe this person is not sick, but healthy!


When a person is diagnosed with a depression, he can find many advantages in this. Remember the time when you were a child? When you caught up cold or anything else, you didn't need to go to school,  just drink tea with raspberry jam in the bed. However, some cons appeared as well: you were forbidden to play football. Therefore, depression is not a disease of the soul or body, it's a social disease. 


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In general, difference of human nature on such components as the soul and body is almost impossible. For example, a man was walking down the street, fell on the ground and broke his leg. Is this a mental or physical problem? It is definitely the latter. But hundreds of people marched through this place and didn't fall. Just one with a fracture was all lost in their thoughts, in their spiritual experiences.


Here is the psychological cause of the disease. And yet, perhaps on a subconscious level, he needed a break to "fall out" of public life and solve their problems. By the way, the basis of depression is often a man's desire to take a timeout.

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