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Leslie Pieters

Physical Educator, NYS Assoc. for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Dance & Recreation; Social Enterprise Alliance; American Tennis Associatio

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Depression is an Illness!

Depression may need a new same because I am one of the happiest DEPRESSED people I know!

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Closing Statement from Leslie Pieters

Sharing my idea on Depression confirmed the need for more conversations on the topic. I appreicated the inquest that prompted me to complete my statement sooner than later which helped my idea take form.

It takes a lot to "come out" about a sensitive topic and those who did offered comfort along with their insight on Depression. This conversation enabled me to be objective about Depression while understanding it from a subjective frame of reference.

Stong statements were made by those observing the illness which proved valuable for continued directions in research. Depression referred to, "Our own slow train to our own Auschwitz", was extremely impactful comparison. I wholeheartedly advocated for a new name for Depression the illness, not depression the emotion!

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  • Apr 17 2013: Depression is not an illness but a healing process. A person not able to resolve a trauma at the time will attempt to think the problem through. In order to think, the mind slows down and after a while the slowing down becomes a habit. Ask any depressed person 'what happened' a few years before the onset and almost always they will describe a trauma. Like so many similar symptoms, it is mostly due to emotion trapped with no way out logically.
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      Apr 17 2013: I understand your logic, David!
    • Apr 21 2013: that's not true at all, depression is not mostly caused by trauma and a large proportion of cases are either caused by bad brain chemistry or a slow grinding down of happiness.
      depression is not a healing process, it is a malfunction of thinking; if anything its the opposite to healing as if given the chance the majority of cases deteriorate without intervention

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