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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!


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 22 2013: Correct me if I am wrong but isn't 'given the chance the majority of cases deteriorate without intervention' the same as healing? What on earth is a 'slow grinding down of happiness'?
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      Apr 22 2013: That's just it, David.

      It is not simply the grinding down of happiness. It literally attacks the body/brain and heightens sensitivity to tragic occurances or brings them about.

      These occurances can include the distructive as well as the fatal. It is not the opposite of sadness. Depression is not the same as being depressed that's why I'm advocating for another name for this mental illness!
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        Apr 22 2013: Does the term Clinical Depression refer to the illness as opposed to the temporary reaction to an effecting event, such as a death in the family or the loss of a job?
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          Apr 22 2013: Yes, Clinical Depression is what the doctor will diaognose and label one clinically depressed if one exhibits the symptoms.
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          Apr 23 2013: Well put, Don!

          I'm glad I'm alone on that train and not lonely!

          I understand!

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