On Depression (pt. 2)

It’s been OK, although I’m starting to find that OK just doesn’t explain things sufficiently.  It’s been OK, but OK is just sort of the top point, but it isn’t that great.  Just not really bad.

So, in my last entry, I discussed having been diagnosed with major depression.  So, if I’ve been diagnosed with depression, what do I do with it.  I have been on anti-depressants, but I didn’t like it.  Did they help?  I guess so.  But there are side-effects, which aren’t great, mainly weight gain and sexual performance issues.

But why anti-depressants?  With the categorization of depression, it goes along with other “diseases” which drug companies have created medication to combat.  Take osteoporosis.  It’s just bones getting old, but drug companies have worked hard to convince people it’s a disease.  But what if depression isn’t a disease?  What if being depressed is just part of the spectrum of life?

I’m around books a lot, and there are countless books out there trying to convince people to be happy.  There’s a good reason for that.  If people are “happy” people, they’re better consumers, and if they’re better consumers, they fit into the mold of the ideal person.  But what if depression isn’t abnormal?  What if simply being depressed is part of a spectrum.

A lot of focus is placed upon people who are melancholic or suffer from depression.  But what about those people that are excessively happy?  We all know somebody that is always happy, always cheerful, sickeningly so.  Is that not just as abnormal as those that are constantly depressed?   Think about a bell curve.  The majority of people are in well-balanced section, the middle.  Let’s say going to the left is the more depressed, ans as you move left from the middle, there are fewer people as it becomes more and more depressed.  But start in the middle and head right to those that are more and more cheerful.  It should be a mirror image of those that are depressed.  Why aren’t they diagnosed with any mental illness?

So, if your mental health simply falls along a spectrum, does that mean there should be no mental health counseling and treatment?  No, because there is a point at which somebody’s mental health endangers the physical health of either themselves or others.  And the same is true for those people who are excessively cheerful.  They should receive mental health treatment and not simply be seen as happy, cheerful people.  Even though I think my condition is simply natural, I don’t think I wouldn’t benefit from some sort of mental health treatment, mainly in order to maintain my own safety.

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