- Daniel Rushton
- United Kingdom
Is depression merely a keyword for a much larger field?
I can't help but feeling that depression is referred to in generic terms. I suffer from depression too, but almost nothing that was said in this video, (which was honest and beautiful,) would be a true statement about myself.
Is it possible that we have taken the humour we would use on say Freud's mother and apply it in a physiological sense too... only to invest the effort to look at the individuals for a 'happy pill' that seems to have at least some positive effects of the symptoms regardless of the underlying cause of why we had them in the first place.
To use the broken arm analogy; do we treat a sprain, a fracture, and a break with the same treatment? Or more horrifically still could we justify taking the psychological approach and tell the guy with the bone sticking out of his arm to come back next week, as fifty minutes just isn't enough?
Does the proverbial morphine just stop the patient complaining?
Closing Statement from Daniel Rushton
From the responses in this conversation, I would say that the general consensus I that yes - depression is a keyword for a much larger field. Though I would probably change one thing if I were to start this conversation again, (and replace keyword for place-holder.) There is clearly not enough known to be able to define all these problems explicitly - and a place-holder is better than nothing at all.
That being said, I think it is also clear from the broad spectrum within a small number of comments, that just how unmeasured in aperture this word is a place-holder for. The word itself almost seems to be addressed ad-hoc as a genetic condition, a physical disorder, a perceptional state of the world, a life-long ailment, and even in a spiritual sense. For those reasons it would be inappropriate to cite a specific comment or participant as it would merely be suggesting that depression should mean exactly what I have.
From a more personal place I think that when people know exactly what your 'issue' is, they tend - unsurprisingly - to be warm hearted an eager to help. As unrealistic as the prospect my sound, I think the medical world could help itself greatly if it were able to name individually as many of the conditions of 'depression' as possible. On a selfish day the place-holder can almost be a trigger itself. I sometimes want to be able to get out a book and say, "Here - that is what I have!... And no, it isn't the same as when your pet hamster died."
*Apologies to anyone who has recently lost a hamster.