Post Edited (veteran1) : 7/23/2007 8:49:02 AM (GMT-6)
A lot of people (mostly people who haven't dealt with it themselves) can be real loons (so to speak!) about depression. I agree with you that depression can kill you as fast or faster than many of the physical illnesses that people are so scared of. I have been a type I diabetic for most of my life, and suffered from serious depression even longer (at least since I was 8). For about six years I quit seeing endocrinologists for the diabetes, because I had had several very traumatic experiences with them (I won't get into that here), and I felt I could handle it myself for awhile. Anyway, all of my GPs freaked. They were constantly bugging me about going to see an endocrinologist, but no one EVER asked about my depression/OCD/panic attacks and seeing a psychiatrist. And my depression was so bad, it's a wonder I'm not dead. So I totally see your point.
I think people are such loons about depression because a.) they usually don't understand it if they've never had it, and b.) humans, as a species, have convinced themselves that they're special based on their brains. If you define yourself as a human based on your mental powers, then anything that affects your brain will be taboo. That's my theory, anyway. Along those same lines, prostate cancer may affect your life, but it doesn't usually change who you are as a person in any major way. (I realize all experiences affect us, but we're still basically the same people afterwards.) Any kind of mental illness usually does change who we are at a more fundamental level, though. So while I think it's stupid that it's so taboo, given that it affects so many people, and is just as physical as so-called physical illnesses, those are my theories as to why. Not that you asked...
I wish you luck and strength in your struggles with both the prostate cancer and the depression, and hope you get better soon.
Hello Veteran 1, Welcome to the A & P Forum
"Depression is a mood disorder", according to many descriptions of the illness. That is a flagrant understatement. Depression does indeed seriously affect your mood, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. A clinical depression is a debilitating illness, affecting your capacity to perform tasks that require concentration and rendering you unable to work.
Thank you for your kind and helpful responses. I have read them all and will do the same with additional replys. I didn't think I knew enough about my 20 year depression to post at this site. Thank you for you're caring and warm advice. I will definitely continue to post on this site. Depression is a chronic illness that I have avoided talking much about. Having you wonderful people is proving to be a tremendous help to me.
All Good Thoughts,
We are glad you joined us and keep posting. With 20 years of depression experience you know a lot about this disease, you have lived it and continue to live it.
Post Edited By Moderator (ShynSassy) : 7/31/2007 5:38:09 AM (GMT-6)