Depression or Reality?

I am not a doctor. I am a senior citizen who is writing about my personal viewpoints. They have not been tested as to their validity, so please do not assume I’m right. I’m just sharing my personal thoughts about what seems to be a common “problem”.

According to the American Psychiatric Association, “Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed . . . Feeling sad or having a depressed mood.”

I’ve had problems with depression frequently in my life. Looking back on different situations, I can see that I had every right to feel sad and to lose interest in activities once enjoyed. I’ve been “treated” for depression and it helped, but it also hurt. The talk therapy helped me get through the week, but the medication affected me very badly. In my Blindman book, which is a memoir, I talk about how that medication caused me problems. I won’t go into that here.

I just woke up this morning thinking I feel depressed. I often feel depressed. What I am dealing with right now is an old (16 years old) dog who is suffering the problems of old age, although my vet says for her age, she’s in “remarkable health”. What would she be like if she wasn’t in remarkable health? That makes me sad to think that other dogs are worse off than she is, when I see her stumble from time to time with arthritis. She pants frequently and he says her blood test shows that is from “seasonal allergies”. How much longer will this “season” last? I do have a good vet. He has seen my cat through heart failure and she actually came out of it. She may regress, but for now she has been able to stop the meds. She is old too.

I see many things every day that cause me to feel depressed. I could list them, but then you’d be depressed, and chances are, you might already be that way, if you’re reading this.

What I want to say about depression is that often it’s a valid response to current events. I’ve had a very hard life. My children have had hard lives. When you think back on a hard life that has had few and far between moments of joy, I would assume being depressed was a normal response.

Everything doesn’t need a pill thrown at it. Some pills cause more harm than good. Some doctors cause more harm than good. I suffer from two conditons that were caused by the ineptness of doctors. That’s why I don’t like doctors, for the most part. That’s common sense. If something hurts you and you can escape, you don’t stay there and get hurt again. Being hurt by something causes feelings of depression. People need to deal with what’s depressing them and not act like it’s an illness. (Remember, this is my opinion, not a tested fact.)

The fact that homosexuatlity was a psychiatric disorder at one time, but isn’t now, makes me think that everything pyschiatrists and medical doctors tell you is not necessarily the truth, and nothing but the truth.

If you are depressed, think about what is going on in your life right now. If nothing bad is going on, maybe it is a “disorder”. If something bad is going on, maybe you need to figure out how to change it? Can you fix it, or do you just need to suffer through how you’re feeling until the situation changes?

Depression, for me, has been an emotional response to a terrible situation. That’s it. Normal response to how anyone would feel in the same situation. How is that a “disorder”?

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