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Sonnenuntergang in Kuba

 

 

Die Mehrzahl der Menschheit führt
ein Leben in stiller Verzweiflung.

Henry-David Thoreau (1817-1862)
amerikanischer Philosoph, Historiker, Transzendentalist

 

 


 

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Die Depression ist eine Selbstwertregulationsstörung. Die Ursache der Depression ist eine emotionale Mangelsituation ("zu wenig" Zuwendung und Geborgenheit) in der Schwangerschaft und frühen Kindheit. Mangelnde Versorgung und mangelnde Wertschätzung führen zu einem eingeschränkten Selbstwertgefühl.
Mögliche Folgen sind:

  • Versorgungswünsche und Abhängigkeit
  • Idealisierung von anderen / Selbstentwertung
  • Enttäuschung, Wut, Trennungsangst, Hilflosigkeit
  • Unterschwellige Erwartung, dass in Beziehungen keine dauerhafte Sicherheit und Geborgenheit errreicht werden kann

 

Kompensationsstrategien:
a) Symbiotische / abhängige Beziehungen (Ich brauche "immer" jemanden.)

  • Überanpassung
  • Zurückstellen eigener Bedürfnisse
  • Aggressionshemmung
  • Autoritätsgläubigkeit
  • Überverpflichtung
  • Helfersyndrom
  • Unangemessener Altruismus
  • Überhöhter Leistungsanspruch

b) Pseudo-Unabhängigkeit

  • Rückzug auf sich selbst
  • Selbst-Idealisierung
  • Überhöhter Leistungsanspruch

 

Laut Angaben der Weltgesundheitsorganisation (WHO) leiden über 300 Millionen Menschen an Depressionen. Die WHO sieht voraus, dass chronische Depression im Jahr 2020 weltweit die zweithäufigste Erkrankung sein wird – unmittelbar nach den Herzkreislauf-Erkrankungen.

 

Laut einer Studie der Deutschen Angestellten Krankenkasse (DAK) durchgeführt im Zeitraum 1997-2004 stieg die Zahl der psychischen Erkrankungen um 70%. Am häufigsten litten die Betroffenen unter Ängsten und depressiven Störungen. In der Altersgruppe der 15- bis 34-Jährigen hat sich die Zahl der Fälle von klinischer Depression zum Teil verdoppelt. Sie tritt vorwiegend im Alter von 24 bis 44 Jahren auf, bei Frauen ist sie doppelt so häufig anzutreffen wie bei Männern. Seit der Jahrtausendwende ist ein Anstieg der psychischen Krankheit bei Männern zu beobachten.

 

Neuere Studien ergaben, dass Gewalt- und Missbrauchserfahrungen die höhere Depressionsrate von Frauen erklären können. Mädchen haben ein doppelt so hohes Risiko als Jungen, missbraucht zu werden.

 

Frauen können ihre depressive Erkrankung eindämmen, indem sie den Weg zu ihrer eigenen Stimme finden. Die amerikanische Psychologin und Professorin für Genderstudien Carol Gilligan, Ph.D. betont die Wichtigkeit, das weibliche "Beziehungsselbst" dem männlichen "autonomen Selbst" gleichstellen und aufhören, fremde, männliche Werte überzubewerten.1 Weibliche Depression kann überwunden werden, wenn Frauen ihre eigenen Fähigkeiten und Ressourcen aufspüren und sie für ihre ureigenen Ziele einsetzen. Wichtig ist, dass sie sich erlauben, Unterstützung und Hilfe zu aktivieren und anzunehmen.

 

Das Risiko, dass Frauen depressiv werden, erhöht sich, wenn sie ihr Bedürfnis nach Bindung unterdrücken und ihr wahres Selbst zum Schweigen bringen, weil sie glauben, dass dieses im Außen nicht akzeptiert und anerkannt wird.

Die Stimme des wahren Selbstes erheben


Spektrogramm (0-5000 Hz) einer weiblichen Stimme;
Satz: "It's all Greek to me", August 2007

Frauen können ihre depressive Erkrankung eindämmen, indem sie den Weg zu ihrer eigenen Stimme finden. Die amerikanische Psychologin und Professorin für Genderstudien Carol Gilligan, Ph.D. betont die Wichtigkeit, das weibliche "Beziehungsselbst" dem männlichen "autonomen Selbst" gleichzustellen und aufzuhören, fremde, männliche Werte überzubewerten. Weibliche Depression kann überwunden werden, wenn Frauen ihre eigenen Fähigkeiten und Ressourcen aufspüren und sie für ihre ureigenen Ziele einsetzen. Wichtig ist, dass sie sich erlauben, Unterstützung und Hilfe zu aktivieren und anzunehmen.

 

Das Risiko für Frauen, depressiv zu werden, erhöht sich, wenn sie ihr Bedürfnis nach Bindung unterdrücken und ihr wahres Selbst zum Schweigen bringen, weil sie glauben, dass dieses im Außen nicht akzeptiert und anerkannt wird.

 

Quelle: ► Carol Gilligan, Ph.D. (*1936) US-amerikanische Professorin für Genderstudien, Psychologin, feministische Ethikerin (Gemeinschaft, Beziehung), Autorin, Die andere Stimme. Lebenskonflikte und Moral der Frau, Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag (dtv), München, 1996

Lebensverlängernde Verhaltensweisen – Statistik

Sieben Faktoren der Lebensführung für eine hohe Lebenserwartung
Ermittelt durch mehrere Langzeitstudien
1.Mäßiger Alkoholkonsum
2.Verzicht aufs Rauchen
3.Stabile Ehe / Partnerschaft
4.Regelmäßige Bewegung / Sport
5.Angemessenes Körpergewicht
6.Fähigkeit, positiv mit Problemen umzugehen
7.Vermeidung depressiver Erkrankungen
Source: ► Article Unknown title, presented by American Journal of Psychiatry, S. 158 (6): 839-47, 2001

Fünf Strategien angesichts des Unausweichlichen – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Menschliche Reaktionsmuster angesichts von gravierenden Irrtümern,
unausweichlichen Verlusten, schweren Krankheiten und Tod
In ihrem Buch Interviews mit Sterbenden, 2001 (Originaltitel On Death and Dying, 1969) beschreibt die Psychiaterin und Sterbeforscherin Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross die seither bestätigten fünf Phasen bzw. Strategien, Tragödien wie man sich der Diagnose einer tödlich endenden Krankheit, einer unausweichlichen Erkenntnis und der immanenten Sterblichkeit stellt. Sie sind in der Reihenfolge nicht festgelegt, Wiederholungen einzelner Phasen sind möglich.
PhaseTrauerverhaltenSchlüsselsatz des Patienten / TrauerndenVerhalten des Arzts / Begleiters
1.Verleugnen, Nichtwahrhabenwollen (einer tödlichen Diagnose), IsolierungDas kann nicht sein. Mir geht’s blendend!Akzeptieren, Aushalten, Nicht widersprechen
2.Zorn, WutWarum ausgerechnet ich, warum nicht die anderen?Zuhören, Aussprechen lassen, Aushalten, Nicht persönlich nehmen, Negative Gefühle aussprechen helfen
3.Verhandeln / BittenBitte, ich will nicht sterben. In Zukunft werde ich auch alles anders machen.Verstehen, Vertiefte Hoffnung gewähren, Wahrhaftigkeit
4.DepressionDas bringt alles sowieso nichts mehr...Nicht aufmuntern, Nicht trösten, Aushalten, Zum Trauern ermutigen, Unerledigte Dinge erledigen helfen
5.Akzeptanz, ZustimmungWenn es sein muss, dann ja.Ruhe gewähren, Nicht im Stich lassen, Gesten erlauben
Quellen: Wikipedia und Pflegewiki (dt./engl.)
Die fünf Phasen des Sterbens, präsentiert von de.Wikipedia
The Five Stages Of Grief – Model of Coping with Dying (engl.), presented by en.Wikipedia
Phasenmodell nach Dr. Kübler-Ross
Quellen:
Buch: Dr. med. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (1926-2004) Schweizer US-amerikanische Psychiaterin, Ärztin, Sterbe- und Nahtodforscherin, Autorin, Interviews mit Sterbenden, engl. Originial 1969, 3. Auflage 10. September 2009
Eintrag: Bernard Jakoby sterbeforschung.de (*1957) deutscher Sterbeforscher, Nahtodexperte, Literaturwissenschaftler, Dozent, Autor, Der innere Sterbeprozess, Datum unbekannt

Funktionelle Hypoglykämie

Hypoglykämie bezeichnet einen zu niedrigen Blutzuckerspiegel, einen zu geringen Glukoseanteil im Blut (Unterzucker). Oft geht das mit Symptomen verminderter Hirnleistung, Krampfanfällen oder verstärkter Adrenalinausschüttung einher. Bei einer Unterzuckerung sinkt der Zuckergehalt im Zwischenzellwasser so weit, dass die Zellen deshalb nicht korrekt funktionieren. Wikipedia-Eintrag

 

Der US-amerikanische Psychiater Dr. David Hawkins hat im Lauf seines Berufslebens Tausende von Patienten, die unter Depressionen und Angststörungen litten, behandelt. Er selbst hatte Angststörungen, bei denen Antidepressiva nicht anschlugen.

 

Das Buch Zucker Blues. Suchtstoff Zucker von William Dufty, Verlag Zweitausendeins, Frankfurt am Main, 1996 gab ihm den entscheidenden Hinweis auf den oft übersehenen Auslöser von 95% der Depressionerkrankungen: Funktionelle Hypoglyklämie.
Zuckerunverträglichkeit von Glukose und Saccharose hat eine schädliche Wirkung auf das Gehirn eines Depressiven. Der Verzicht auf Industriezucker ist angezeigt. Fruchtzucker (Fruktose) ist möglicherweise ein geeigneter Ersatz. Unter dieser Voraussetzung haben Antidepressiva erst die Chance, zu wirken. Sie sind hilfreich, um die Gehirnchemie eines Depressiven ins Gleichgewicht zu bringen.

 

Quelle: ► Audiointerview mit Dr. David R. Hawkins, präsentiert vom US-amerikanischen Webradiosender
Blogtalkradio Awakenings, Gastgeberin Michele Meiche, Minute 49:52, 55:18, 1,5 h Dauer, Mittwoch, 15. Juli 2009

Zitate zum Thema Depression

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Persönliche Bekenntnisse von Depressiven und deren Angehörigen und Freunden
Während einer Depression von Mitte August 1945 bis Mitte April 1946 schrieb Frankl in Wien am 30. Oktober 1945 an seinen Freund Rudolf Stenger.

  • Es freut mich nichts. Alles hat sein Gewicht verloren. Ich habe eigentlich kein Heim, keine Heimat, kann nicht recht Wurzel fassen. Und alles ist so zerstört und gespenstisch, beladen mit traurigen oder süßen und dann erst recht so wehen Erinnerungen. Du kannst mich ja verstehen – wahrscheinlich klingt das alles riesig banal.
    Ich glaube nicht, dass ich noch lange leben werde. Nicht, als ob ich den Tod fürchtete oder wünschte. Sondern ich habe nur das Gefühl, nichts zu suchen zu haben […]
    Gegenüber der Traurigkeit versagt das Wort. Ich hätte nie gedacht, dass ein Mensch so einsam und allein sein kann, ohne einfach sterben zu müssen. Und ich hätte nie gedacht, dass einem das Sterben so leicht werden kann.
    Die Sehnsucht nach Tilly ist mein inneres Brot, von dem ich lebe. Und die Fülle des Leidens ist mir zuletzt irgendwie als eine Auszeichnung, eine Nahesein gegenüber etwas Höherem vorgekommen. […]
    Es ist nur arg, dass einem so die Bodenlosigkeit des Leids zu Bewusstsein kommt: Im Lager dachte man, am Tiefstpunkt angelangt zu sein: aber er wurde erst erreicht, als man 'frei' nach 'Hause' kam. Viktor E. Frankl (1905-1997) österreichischer Psychiater, Psychotherapeut, Neurologe, KZ-Überlebender, Sinnforscher, Begründer der Logotherapie, 1982

 

Die Liebe der Ehepartnerin reichte nicht aus, um die Depression des deutschen Nationaltorwarts Robert Enke zu neutralisieren.

  • Ich habe stets versucht, ihm [meinem Mann] Perspektive und Hoffnung zu geben. Ich habe geglaubt, mit Liebe können wir das durchstehen. Aussage auf Pressekonferenz von Teresa Enke, Witwe des depressiven deutschen Nationaltorwarts Robert Enke (†10. November 2009 durch Selbstmord), zitiert in: Tod von Robert Enke: Tag der Trauer und der Tränen, präsentiert vom deutschen Nachrichtenmagazin Spiegel online Sport, Markus Tischler, 11. November 2009

 

  • Ich war deprimiert über die Zukunft der Welt. Deshalb habe ich mich aufgerafft, Orangenkonfitüre zuzubereiten. Es ist erstaunlich, wie es einen aufmuntert, wenn man Orangen zerkleinert und den Boden aufwischt! D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930) englischer Literaturkritiker, Maler, Dichter, Roman- und Bühnenschriftsteller, James T. Boulton, Herausgeber, The Letters of D. H. Lawrence (1901-1913), Band I, 1932, S. 506, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, VK, 1979, neu aufgelegt 5. September 2002

 

Einsichten

  • Depression ist die einzige neurotische Manifestation, die der alten Seele geblieben ist. Selbst Jesus war davon betroffen. Jeder von euch brachte Jahre damit zu, diese Fassade aufzubauen, Meint ihr nun wirklich, dass ihr euch mit linker Hand dieser verfestigten Kruste entledigen könnt? Es wird nicht ohne Tränen abgehen. Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (*1942) finnisch-italienisch-US-amerikanische Schriftstellerin, Michael, Mensch sein, Band 1, S. 90, Edition Borg, 1. Auflage Januar 1998

 

 

  • Die Schwermütigen [Depressiven, Melancholiker] leben Wand an Wand mit Gott. Romano Guardini (1885-1968) italienischer katholischer Religionsphilosoph, Theologe, Autor

 

  • Die blinden Flecke in unserer Wahrnehmung helfen uns also offensichtlich, besser durchs Leben zu kommen. Henrik Ibsen, der die Fähigkeit des Menschen zur Selbsttäuschung in vielen seiner Werke thematisiert hat, schreibt ihr eine wichtige Funktion zu: "Nimm dem Durchschnittsmenschen seine Lebenslüge, und du hast ihn auch seines Glückes beraubt." Ursula Nuber (*1954) deutsche Diplompsychologin, Psychotherapeutin, stellvertretende Chefredakteurin der Zeitschrift Psychologie Heute, Autorin, Depression. Die verkannte Krankheit, S. 137, Kreuz-Verlag, Stuttgart, 1991, Januar 2001, Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag (dtv), 4. Auflage 1. Januar 2006

 

15% der an schweren Depressionen Erkrankten begehen Selbstmord, 56% versuchen, sich das Leben zu nehmen.
Jährliche Todesstatistik in der EU: 58.000 EU-Europäer sterben durch Selbstmord oder Selbstschädigungen, etwa 50.700 sterben durch Verkehrsunfälle und etwa 5.350 durch Mord oder Totschlag.

General quotes

Personal avowals of depressives

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Personal avowal

Bill Wilson and his mistress Helen Wynn experimented with LSD to help diehard drunks discover a power greater than themselves. In 1956 Bill W. set out for his first LSD trip.

  • I am certain that the LSD experience has helped me very much. I find myself with a heightened color perception and an appreciation of beauty almost destroyed by my years of depression […]. The sensation that the partition between "here" and "there" has become very thin is constantly with me. Bill Griffith Wilson [Bill W.] (1895-1971) US American co-founder of the international mutual aid fellowship Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), 1957

 

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Churchill referred to his depression as his "black dog".

  • I don't like standing near the edge of a platform when an express train is passing through. I like to stand right back and if possible get a pillar between me and the train. I don't like to stand by the side of a ship and look down into the water. A second's action would end everything. A few drops of desparation. Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British prime minister of the United Kingdom during the 2nd World War (1940-1945) and (1951-1955), racist war criminal, source unknown

 

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Feeling unloved, Churchill's journey to leadership was compensatory.

  • If I can't be loved, I'll find a way to be admired. Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British prime minister of the United Kingdom during the 2nd World War (1940-1945) and (1951-1955), racist war criminal, Speech in the House of Commons, June 1940; cited in: Article by Sue Chance, M.D., Chance Thoughts. Churchill's Black Dog, January 1996

 

  • Bill Moyers: Are you're happy at 80?
    Robert Bly: Yeah, i am happy at 80. I can't stand so much happiness.
    And sometimes – maybe one day at the week – I'll become depressed.
    But the rest of the time, especially if I'm writing poetry, I'm never depressed.
    Bill Moyers: What depresses you?
    Robert Bly: Who knows? Depression comes up from underneath. It just grabs you.
    It is an entity of its own. We are built for depression in a way because the nafs
    [i.e. the "greedy soul"] is so strong in us it doesn't want us to be happy and give away things.
    It wants us to pull back inside.
    Video interview with Robert Bly (*1926) US American leader of the Mythopoetic Men's Movement, activist, poet, author, Bill Moyers talks with Poet Robert Bly, presented by PBS' Bill Moyer's Journal, producer and host Bill Moyers, presented by PBS, minute 24:30, see Interview transcript, 27:22 minutes duration, posted 31. August 2007

 

  • As I've gotten older, I find I am able to be nourished more by sorrow and to distinguish it from depression. Robert Bly (*1926) US American leader of the Mythopoetic Men's Movement, activist, poet, author

 

  • I personally think that most depression has its roots in loneliness, but that the medical professionals are a lot more comfortable calling it 'depression' than calling it 'loneliness.' Video presentation by Patch Adams, M.D. (*1945) US American physician, social activist, citizen diplomat, author, Conferenza con Patch Adams, presented by Arcoiris.TV, Reggio Emilia, 27. March 2008, minute 4:48, 1:00:12 duration, posted via Google 25. January 2009

 

  • I got the blues thinking of the future, so I left off and made some marmalade. It's amazing how it cheers one up to shred oranges and scrub the floor! D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930) English literary critic, playwright, essayist, poet, novelist, James T. Boulton, editor, The Letters of D. H. Lawrence (1901-1913), Volume I, 1932, S. 506, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 1979, paperback reprint 5. September 2002

 

  • It is so strange to me that I cannot get it right – the depression, I mean, which does not come from something definite, but from nothing. Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) English essayist, publisher, writer

 

  • I have studiously tried to avoid ever using the word 'madness' to describe my condition. Now and again, the word slips out, but I hate it. 'Madness' is too glamorous a term to convey what happens to most people who are losing their minds. That word is too exciting, too literary, too interesting in its connotations, to convey the boredom, the slowness, the dreariness, the dampness of depression. Elizabeth Wurtzel (*1967) US American journalist, confessional memoir writer, Prozac Nation, Riverhead Trade, 1994

 

  • If I had not been already been meditating, I would certainly have had to start. I've treated my own depression for many years with exercise and meditation, and I've found that to be a tremendous help. Judy Collins (*1939) US American social activist, folk and standards singer, songwriter, source unknown

 

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From the age of five, Daphne Merkin has battled depression over the course of forty years.

  • For four decades I have sat in shrinks' offices and talked about my wish to die the way other people talk about their wish to find a love. Daphne Merkin (*1954) US American literary critic, essayist, novelist, Daphne Merkin on her forty year battle with depression, presented by British Sunday newspaper The Observer, 13. September 2009

 

  • I am so often accused of gloominess and melancholy.
    And I think I'm probably the most cheerful man around.
    I don't consider myself a pessimist at all.
    I think of a pessimist as someone who is waiting for it to rain.
    And I feel completely soaked to the skin. […]
    I think those descriptions of me are quite inappropriate to the gravity of the predicament that faces us all.
    I've always been free from hope.
    It's never been one of my great solaces.
    I feel that more and more we're invited to make ourselves strong and cheerful. […]
    I think that it was Ben Jonson who said, "I have studied all the theologies and all the philosophies, but cheerfulness keeps breaking through." Leonard Cohen (1934-2016) Canadian musician, depressive, singer-songwriter, poet, novelist, cited in: article The Joking Troubadour of Gloom, presented by English daily newspaper The Daily Telegraph, 26. April 1993

 

  • I cry a lot. My emotions are very close to my surface. I don't want to hold anything in so it festers and turns into pus – a pustule of emotion that explodes into a festering cesspool of depression. Nicolas Cage (*1964) US American actor, producer, director

 

  • My recovery from manic depression has been an evolution, not a sudden miracle. Patty Duke (1946) US American actress, diagnosed with bipolar disorder [manic depression] in 1982, educator on mental health issues

 

  • I got a diagnosis: clinical depression. I received treatment, which included medication and therapy. And I’m happy to say that they worked and I recovered. Tipper Gore, US American potential First Lady, wife of Al Gore

 

  • I don't believe in depression. Wipe it out! You've got to replace a bad thought with a good one. Happiness is a habit, a good habit. [...] I don't get bored because I know how to go into the unknown. I can just sit here and go off into the world of my own thoughts. Mae West (1893-1980) US American actress, sex symbol, playwright, screenwriter, source unknown

 

  • I don't believe in happiness: why should we expect to be happy? In such a world as this, depression is rational, rage reasonable. Interview with Fay Weldon (*1931) English feminist, playwright, essayist, author, cited in: unnamed Sunday newspaper, 1995

 

  • If I wasn't doing this [music entertainment], I'd probably be a depressed little person. Britney Spears (*1981) US American recording artist, singer, entertainer, atomicteen.com

 

  • I'm not crying because of you; you're not worth it.
    I'm crying because my delusion of who you were was shattered by the truth of who you are. Dr. Steve Maraboli (*1975) US American internet radio commentator, motivational speaker, author, source unknown

 

Recommendations

  • When you're depressed, the whole body is depressed, and it translates to the cellular level. The first objective is to get your energy up, and you can do it through play. It's one of the most powerful ways of breaking up hopelessness and bringing energy into the situation. O. Carl Simonton, M.D. (1942-2009) US American radiologist, oncologist, pioneer of psycho-oncology, founder of the Simonton Cancer Center (SCC), source unknown

 

  • You can't reason yourself back into cheerfulness any more than you can reason yourself into an extra six inches in height. Stephen Fry (*1957) English activist, actor, comedian, presenter, writer, aphorism

 

  1. Exercise.
  2. Eat omega fatty acids.
  3. Exposure to sunlight.
  4. Healthy sleep.
  5. Anti-ruminative activity.
  6. Social connection.
Article The Ancient Cure for Depression, presented by Uplift Connect, Sara Burrows, 14. March 2016

 

Inquiries

  • Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open?
    Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking. Live in silence. Jalal ad-Din Muḥammad Rumi (1207-1273) Persian Muslim Sufi mystic, jurist, theologian, poet, source unknown

 

Insights

  • The opposite of play is not work. It's depression. To play is to act out and be wilful, exultant and committed, as if one is assured of one's prospects. Brian Sutton-Smith (1924-2015) New Zealand born-American play theorist, dean of Play Studies, University of Pennsylvania, author, cited in: What is 'The Play Ethic'?, presented by The Play Ethic, 1. January 2010

 

 

  • It is impossible to feel grateful and depressed in the same moment. Naomi Williams (1979-2009) US American wife, mother, photographer, cancer fighter, source unknown
  • No one could solve all the problems the world appears to hold. They seem to be on so many levels, in such varying forms and with such varied content, that they confront you with an impossible situation. Dismay and depression are inevitable as you regard them.   A Course in Miracles, workbook, lesson 79, verse 5:1-3, 1976, rev. 1996

 

  • There are moments in human life when a new page is turned. New interests and tendencies appear which have hitherto received no attention, or there is a sudden change of personality (a so-called mutation of character). During the incubation period of such a change we can often observe a loss of conscious energy: the new development has drawn off the energy it needs from consciousness. The lowering of energy can be seen most clearly before the onset of certain psychoses and also in the empty stillness which precedes creative work. Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) Swiss psychiatrist, psychoanalytist, founder of a new school of depth psychology, author, source unknown

 

  • This melancholic state is so powerful that, according to scientists and doctors, it can attract demons to the body, even to such an extent that one can get into mental confusion or get visions. Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim (1486-1535) German humanist scholar, theologian, astrologer, lawyer, physician, alchemist, occult writer, source unknown

 

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1940: England needed Churchill's predicament to lead the country out of predicament.

  • Had he been a stable and equable man, he could never have inspired the nation. In 1940, when all the odds were against Britain, a leader of sober judgment might well have concluded that we were finished. Anthony Storr (1920-2001) English psychiatrist, historian, author, Churchill's Black Dog, Kafka's Mice, and Other Phenomena of the Human Mind, Ballantine Books, 12. May 1990
    • If we fail, then the whole world will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age, made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British prime minister of the United Kingdom during the 2nd World War (1940-1945) and (1951-1955), racist war criminal

 

  • It's a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it's a depression when you lose yours. Harry S. Truman (1884-1972) 33rd US president during World War II, 33rd degree Freemason, war criminial, source unknown

 

 

 

  • ⚑ In six decades, not a single study has proven that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain.
    ⚑ The serotonin theory of depression is a myth that has been supported by the manipulation of data and an echo chamber of industry and media rhetoric.
    ⚑ Depression is not a genetic disease. It is an epigenetic syndrome. In 2003, a study published in Science suggested that those with genetic variation in their serotonin transporter were three times more likely to be depressed. But six years later this idea was wiped out by a meta-analysis of 14,000 patients published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that denied such an association.
    ⚑ Depression is often an inflammatory condition, a manifestation of irregularities in the body that can start far away from the brain and are not associated with the simplistic model of so-called 'chemical imbalances'.
    ⚑ Depression is an opportunity. It is a sign for us to stop and figure out what's causing our imbalance.
Kelly Brogan, M.D., US American holistic psychiatrist, author, Kristin Loberg, author, A Mind of Your Own. The Truth About Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives, Harper Wave, 1st edition 15. March 2016

 

Antidepressants: Opioids in 1970s, Oxytocin in 1980s, Prolactin in 1990, Play/tickling/laughter in 1997

  • It looks like depression and play are opposite sides of a coin. Video interview with Jaak Panksepp, Ph.D. (*1943) Estonian-born US American professor of psychology, Bowling Green State University, psychobiologist, neuroscientist, College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University, The Primal Power of Play, presented by Washington State University, YouTube film, minute 3:16, 3:31 minutes duration, posted 16. June 2010

 

  • Depression can be healthy for the soul, insofar as "it brings refuge, limitation, focus, gravity, weight, and humble powerlessness." James Hillman (1926-2013) Jewish-European US-American archetypal Jungian psychologist, author, A blue fire. Selected writings by James Hillman, S. 152-153, Harper & Row, New York City, New York, 1989

 

  • That terrible mood of depression of whether it's any good or not is what is known as The Artist's Reward. Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) US American journalist, author, source unknown

 

 

  • In many shamanic societies, if you came to a shaman or medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions.
    1. When did you stop dancing?
    2. When did you stop singing?
    3. When did you stop being enchanted by stories?
    4. When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence?
Where we have stopped dancing, singing, being enchanted by stories, or finding comfort in silence is where we have experience the loss of soul. Dancing, singing, storytelling, and silence are the four universal healing salves. Angeles Arrien (1940-2014) US American cultural anthropologist, pioneer in the field of transpersonal psychology, author, The Four-Fold Way. Walking the Paths of the Warrior, Healer, Teacher and Visionary, Harper Collins, 26. February 1993, HarperOne, 11. June 2013

 

  • Just the opposite of how it feels, tears and sadness feel like the worst way, but are the best way to break us into liminality and transformation, frankly because the old consciousness can’t work anymore. Do you understand the old problem-solving consciousness? It doesn’t suffice. Until you let go of that consciousness where everything has got to be 2+2 = 4, you cannot break through to what I think all of our religions would call enlightenment or transformation. Father Richard Rohr O.F.M. (*1943) US American Franciscan friar, Sadness, PDF, Yale University Address to Medical Students, presented by Malespirituality.org, November 2005

 

  • In every culture […] there was one universal element in historic initiation – grief work. The young male had to be taught somehow the way of tears. He had to be taught how to cry. In fact, if I were to sum up this whole spirituality of initiation in a one liner, it would be this; the young man who cannot cry is a savage, the old man who cannot laugh is a fool. Father Richard Rohr O.F.M. (*1943) US American Franciscan friar, Sadness, PDF, Yale University Address to Medical Students, presented by Malespirituality.org, November 2005

 

  • I believe transformation almost always happens when you're inside of liminal space, when you're on the threshold. […] Being in liminal space doesn't mean identifying with this victim theology that we have so much of today. […] There is meaning there precisely because at that point you can't fix it and therefore, the ego has to give up control. That's liminal space […] and that's when God can get at you. As long as the ego is in control, as long as you're into the fixing mode of thinking you can explain it. All of our Christian mystics say that the great teacher is darkness not light. Father Richard Rohr O.F.M. (*1943) US American Franciscan friar, Sadness, PDF, Yale University Address to Medical Students, presented by Malespirituality.org, November 2005

 

  • The ego wants light, which lends a certain kind of superficial clarity. Ego wants it so bad that it seems to me it settles for satisfying untruth. Ego wants satisfaction. […] therefore, it will choose immediately satisfying untruth instead of what is always unsatisfying truth. Now unsatisfying truth is what I would call the theology of darkness. Father Richard Rohr O.F.M. (*1943) US American Franciscan friar, Sadness, PDF, Yale University Address to Medical Students, presented by Malespirituality.org, November 2005

 

  • The mood state Americans are in, on average, when watching television is mildly depressed. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Ph.D. (*1934) Hungarian professor of psychology, happiness researcher, Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management, Claremont Graduate University, University of Chicago, happiness researcher, leader of the Quality of Life Research Center, developer of the flow concept

 

  • [T]he World Health Organization predicts that by 2020 depression will be the second leading cause of death in the world, affecting thirty percent of all adults. Many experts believe that depression has become an epidemic. By some estimates, "clinical depression' is ten times more likely to torment us than it did a century ago." Sir Ken Robinson (*1950) British professor of arts education, University of Warwick (1989-2001), director of The Arts in Schools Project (1985-1989), international advisor on education, speaker, author, Lou Aronica, co-author, Finding Your Element. How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life, S. 97, Viking Adult, 21. May 2013

 

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How men and women differ in expressing a depression

  • The sexes express their depression differently.
    • Rejected women cry, become lethargic, and talk obsessively about their despair.
    • Men express their sadness by obsessively drinking and/or drugging, driving too fast or hunkering down to watch TV. Men are also 2.5 times more likely to kill themselves when rejected in love. Helen Fisher, Ph.D. (*1945) Canadian-American research professor of biological anthropology, human behavior researcher, Center for Human Evolutionary Studies, Rutgers University, expert on romantic love, chief scientific adviser to Chemistry.com, 8 Surprising Truths About Men, presented by Actualise Daily, 16. February 2012

 

  • Depression is the sadness of the soul about not being able to fulfill of what it came to do. Video presentation by Richard Barrett, FRSA valuescentre.com (*1945) British social commentator, speaker, author on the evolution of leadership and human values in business and society, We Don't Have Souls – We Are Souls, sponsored by CTT International Conference, Stockholm, Sweden, 11.-13. June 2014, YouTube film, 7:27 minute , 24:03 minutes duration, posted by BarrettValuesCentre 26. August 2014

 

  • So often we dwell on the things that seem impossible rather than on the things that are possible. So often we are depressed by what remains to be done and forget to be thankful for all that has been done. Marian Wright Edelman (*1939) US American activist for the rights of children, president and founder of the Children's Defense Fund, source unknown

 

 

  • Depression is rage spread thin. George Santayana (1863-1952) Spanish US American philosopher, literature critic, poet, essayist, novelist, source unknown

 

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Sacredness in tears

  • There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief [...] and unspeakable love. Washington Irving (1783-1859) US American historian, biographer, essayist, author, source unknown

 

  • Tears are a river that take you somewhere. Weeping creates a river around the boat that carries your soul-life. Tears lift your boat off the rocks, off dry ground, carrying it downriver to someplace new, someplace better. Clarissa Pinkola Estés (*1945) US American Jungian psychoanalyst, post-trauma specialist, poet, writer, Women Who Run With the Wolves. Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype, Ballantine Books, 1st edition November 1992, updated, with new material 27. November 1996

 

  • Tears are the safety valve of the heart when too much pressure is laid on it. Albert Richard Smith (1816-1860) English entertainer, mountaineer, author

 

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Living intensely

  • Life should be lived to the point of tears. Albert Camus (1913-1960) French Algeria-born French philosopher, journalist, author, Nobel laureate in literature, 1957

 

  • [W]arm, sustaining relationships become especially important during those periods when we are our least lovable. People bursting with good will and abundance of mental health are charming company; their need for ego-boosting, however, is minimal. People sinking into self-pity and depression are dreary, but they can’t get out of it by themselves. So every now and then, just sit there and listen, listen, listen. You’re paying your membership dues in the human race. Interview with Barbara Walters (*1929) US American host of morning television shows (Today and The View), the television newsmagazine (20/20), former co-anchor of the ABC Evening News, broadcast journalist, author, Barbara Walters on the Art of Conversation, How to Talk to Bores, and What Truman Capote Teaches Us About Being Interesting, presented by Brain Pickings, host Maria Popova, 16. July 2014

 

  • Depression is nourished by a lifetime of ungrieved and unforgiven hurts. Penelope Sweet, US American author, source unknown

 

  • The increasing rate of depression is certainly the result of SOME conditions that exist in today's society. Instead of removing the conditions that make people depressed, modern society gives them antidepressant drugs. In effect, antidepressants are a means of modifying an individual's internal state in such a way as to enable him to tolerate social conditions that he would otherwise find intolerable. (Yes, we know that depression is often of purely genetic origin. John Kaczynski, Ph.D. (*1942) US American assistant professor of mathematics, anarchist, 'Unabomber' serial killer, Industrial Society and Its Future, chapter Control of Human Behavior, item 145, 1995

 

  • It is important to remember that depression is a disease with a biological basis, along with psychological and social implications. It's not simply a weakness that somebody should get over, or even something we have a say in. The Science of Depression, presented by AsapSCIENCE, YouTube film, minute 2:37, 3:45 minutes duration, posted 19. August 2014

 

  • The term 'clinical depression' finds its way into too many conversations these days. One has a sense that a catastrophe has occurred in the psychic landscape. Leonard Cohen (1934-2016) Canadian musician, depressive, singer-songwriter, poet, novelist, presented by English language newspaper International Herald Tribune, 4. November 1988

 

Literary quotes

  • Naked and alone we came into exile. In her dark womb we did not know our mother's face; from the prison of her flesh we come into the unspeakable and incommunicable prison of this earth. Which of us has known his brother? Which of us has looked into his father's heart? Which of us has not remained forever prison-pent? Which of us is not forever a stranger and alone? O waste of loss, in the hot mazes, lost, among bright stars on this most weary unbright cinder, lost! Remembering speechlessly we seek the great forgotten language, the lost lane-end into heaven, a stone, a leaf, an unfound door. Where? When? O lost, and by the wind grieved, ghost, come back again. Thomas Wolfe (1900-1938) major US American novelist of the early 20th century, Look Homeward, Angel. A Story of the Buried Life, preface, S. 3, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929

Quotes by David R. Hawkins

⚠ Caveat See Power vs. Truth, January 2013

Personal avowals

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Hopkins' wife saved him from depression.

  • She met me ten years ago when I was shut down. Shut down for some years. I didn’t feel shut down at that time. I felt I was quite happy. But I was dealing with slight depression. Not trusting anyone. Certainly not trusting women. Everyday she wakes up happy. She’s very positive about everything. I learnt from her just to take life as it comes. So I live my life in non-expectation. Anthony Hopkins (*1937) Welsh actor of film, stage, and television, composer, 31. January 2011

 

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Hopkins' is not concerned with what people think of him anymore.

  • My philosophy is: It’s none of my business what people say of me and think of me. I am what I am and I do what I do. I expect nothing and accept everything. And it makes life so much easier. Anthony Hopkins (*1937) Welsh actor of film, stage, and television, composer, 31. January 2011
⚠ Caveat See Power vs. Truth, January 2013

 

  • Each negative input brought the [TV] watcher closer to eventual sickness and to imminent depression – which is now the world's most prevalent illness. Subtle grades of depression kill more people than the other diseases of mankind combined. Dr. David R. Hawkins, Power vs Force. The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior, chapter 23 The Search for Truth, S. 278, Hay House, February 2002

 

 

  • All the negative energy fields are based on placing the source of our happiness externally. This results in being vulnerable and also being the potential, hopeless victim. Being the victim means perceiving a cause as being outside ourself. Therefore, the vulnerabiltiy to depression is present as long as we think the source of our happiness is something outside ourselves. Dr. David R. Hawkins, Healing and Recovery, chapter 12 Depression,  S. 366, 2009

 

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[+Remedy for depression: owning oneself as the source of one's happiness

  • All the negative energy fields are based on placing the source of our happiness externally. This results as being vulnerable and also being the potential, hopeless victim. Being a victim means perceiving a cause as being outside of ourselves. […] It is only by owning ourselves as the source of happiness, as the experience of our existence, independent and beyond that which happens within the world, that we become immune to depressive episodes. Dr. David R. Hawkins, Healing and Recovery, chapter 12 Depression, S. 366-367, 2009

 

  • Each time we look at the Map of Consciousness, it is from a different perspective with a different emphasis. It alters our understanding of the nature of human consciousness as we approach it from a different context with a broader understanding. The levels of consciousness have either a positive or a negative direction, with a crucial intersection in the middle at the level of Courage, which is crossed over by telling the truth. In this case, the telling of the truth is that "My happiness does not depend on anything outside of me. I, of myself, am the source of my happiness by my own inner decisions, integrity, intentions, and by the way I see myself and my relationships with the events of life." Dr. David R. Hawkins, Healing and Recovery, chapter 12 Depression,  S. 367, 2009

 

  • One might say that anybody who gets depressed has been addicted to placing their survival on something outside of themselves. Dr. David R. Hawkins, Healing and Recovery, chapter 12 Depression,  S. 370, 2009

 

  • Suicidality is a risk when very depressed patients begin to improve. I believe that this risk occurs independently of antidepressants per se. The severely depressed are too apathetic to activate suicide. Dr. David R. Hawkins, Suicidality and Antidepressants, presented by Psychiatric News, Volume 40, Number 10, S. 52, © 2005 American Psychiatric Association, 20. May 2005

 

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Recovering from depressed.

Threefold approach to healing depression: antidepressants, positive thinking [LoC 499], spiritual work.

  • The belief system changes your brain chemistry. The more positive your belief systems the more positive is your brain chemistry. So, the brain chemistry follows the direction of your own mental orientation and not the other way around.
    Everything is physical, mental and spiritual.
    1. Physically you take antidepressants.
    2. Mentally you try to adopt a positive mental attitude.
    3. Spiritually work on evolving as well as you can.
And if you do all three you will recover. Everybody recovers if they do all three.
Audio interview with Dr. David R. Hawkins, The True Meaning of Healing and Recovery, presented by US American talk radio program 'Align Shine Prosper', VoiceAmerica 7th Wave Channel, host Doreen Agostino, prweb.com/releases, MP3, aired 23. September 2009 – Radio interview (September 23 2009), YouTube film, minute 40:49, 42:46 minutes duration, posted 22. March 2011

Quotes by Dorothy Rowe

  • Nobody has a happy childhood!
    Life is difficult.
    Only 'good' [good according to one's family's definition of "good", guilt-ridden] people get depressed.
    Actually, what's falling apart are our ideas, but it feels like yourself falling apart. And that's utterly, utterly terrifying.
    It comes about the way how we see ourselves in the world. It feels like falling apart. When we suffer loss the natural feeling is to feel sad. But when you turn that loss into blame you fall into depression.
    I like to know how stories turn out.
    Audio radio interview with Dorothy Rowe dorothyrowe.com Australian clinical psychologist, researcher of treatment of depression, voted as one of the 50 wisest people in the UK by Saga Magazine (2003), author, Wisdom Interviews, presented by Radio National, Australia, program Wisdom Interviews, hosts Peter Thompson/Paul Barclay, 25. July 2004

 

  • There never has been any evidence that any brain chemical was depleted when a person was depressed. […] Now, thirty years after the hypothesis was first produced, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Institute of Psychiatry have accepted that depression isn’t caused by a chemical imbalance. But you’ll find this out only if you visit their websites. They haven’t issued a press release saying, ‘We were wrong.’
    On the Institute of Psychiatry’s website there is a lengthy notice about an important conference on depression which will be held in April 2007. The preamble to this notice reads, ‘Depression cannot be described any longer as a simple disorder of the brain, but rather as a series of behavioural and biological changes that span mind, brain, genes, body – and indeed affects both psychological and physical health.’
    The website of the Royal College of Psychiatrists has dropped all references to chemical imbalance causing depression. If you look at the very detailed and informative pamphlet on depression made available on the website, under the heading, ‘Why does it [depression] happen?’, there is a statement which says that sometimes there’s an obvious reason for becoming depressed and sometimes there isn’t. It’s different for different people. Then there’s a list of the things that can lead you to be depressed […] such as a bereavement, a divorce or losing a job; circumstances, such as having no friends, being stressed or physically run down; physical illness, such as having a life threatening illness like cancer or a chronic disease like arthritis or bronchitis;
    personality which ‘may be because of our genes, because of experiences in our early life, or both’; alcohol ‘It often isn’t clear which came first – the drinking or the depression’;
    gender '‘Women seem to get depressed more than men do. It may be that men are less likely to admit their feelings and bottle them up, or express them in aggression or through drinking heavily. Women are likely to have the double stress of having to work and look after children’';
    and genes – depression can run in families. Dorothy Rowe dorothyrowe.com Australian clinical psychologist, researcher of treatment of depression, voted as one of the 50 wisest people in the UK by Saga Magazine (2003), author, The Real Causes of Depression, presented by Saga Magazine, February 2007

 

  • For many years geneticists have been saying that a single gene cannot be the cause of complex behaviour, but only recently have psychiatrists stopped talking about ‘a depression gene’ or ‘a schizophrenic gene’.
    Moreover, developmental psychologists studying newborn babies have shown that babies born to depressed mothers become distressed and then apathetic when their mother fails to respond to the baby’s attempts to engage his mother in those little conversations which undepressed mothers have with their babies all the time. […] Depression does run in families, but it’s not through the genes. Dorothy Rowe dorothyrowe.com Australian clinical psychologist, researcher of treatment of depression, voted as one of the 50 wisest people in the UK by Saga Magazine (2003), author, The Real Causes of Depression, presented by Saga Magazine, February 2007

 

  • Psychiatrists don’t talk of curing depression but of managing it in a way similar to the way doctors manage a chronic illness like diabetes or epilepsy. Dorothy Rowe dorothyrowe.com Australian clinical psychologist, researcher of treatment of depression, voted as one of the 50 wisest people in the UK by Saga Magazine (2003), author, The Real Causes of Depression, presented by Saga Magazine, February 2007

 

  • Having to take responsibility for yourself can seem like a tremendous disadvantage, but there is a great advantage. If you don’t understand how you created your depression, then by learning more about yourself you can uncreate it. In the same way many people diagnosed schizophrenic have recovered by coming to understand themselves. Dorothy Rowe dorothyrowe.com Australian clinical psychologist, researcher of treatment of depression, voted as one of the 50 wisest people in the UK by Saga Magazine (2003), author, The Real Causes of Depression, presented by Saga Magazine, February 2007

 

  • The different experiences which psychiatrists call mental illness or mental disorder begin with an overwhelming fear and a feeling that your very self is shattering, even disappearing. This happens when you discover that there is a serious discrepancy between what you thought your life was and what it actually is. Mental illnesses are not illnesses but defences to hold the person together when he feels that he is falling apart. These desperate defences are terrible to endure but, if we are willing to learn, they can teach us that we need to change the way we live our life. It isn’t always easy to change how we see ourselves and our world but, as the testimonies of many people show, it is in our power to do so. Dorothy Rowe dorothyrowe.com Australian clinical psychologist, researcher of treatment of depression, voted as one of the 50 wisest people in the UK by Saga Magazine (2003), author, The Real Causes of Depression, presented by Saga Magazine, February 2007

 

  • Don’t say, “I am depressed.” If you want to say, “It is depressed,” that’s all right. If you want to say that depression is there, that’s fine; if you want to say gloominess is there, that’s fine. But not: I am gloomy. You’re defining yourself in terms of the feeling. That’s your illusion; that’s your mistake. There is a depression there right now, but let it be, leave it alone. It will pass. Everything passes, everything.''' Your depressions and your thrills have nothing to do with happiness. Those are swings of the pendulum. If you seek kicks or thrills, get ready for depression. Do you want your drug? Get ready for the hangover. One end of the pendulum swings over to the other. Anthony de Mello SJ (1931-1987) Indian Catholic Jesuit priest, psychotherapist, spiritual leader

Englische Texte – English section on Depression

A cure for life – Healing depression without drugs

25% of the Americans and every 5th person worldwide are depressed.
Since World War 2 depression rates have risen 10 times more. Its numbers have doubled since 1990.
It is expected that depression will be the 2nd largest killer next to heart diseases in 2020.

 

Experience may heal imbalanced brains – Stephen S. Ilardi, Ph.D.,
US American associate professor of psychology, University of Kansas
Ilardi's non-pharmaceutical cure is called Therapeutic Lifestyle Change (TLC). It's success rate in curing depressives is 77%.
It adopts a 19th century life style like the Amish people (who have only one tenth of depressives in the United States among them).
༺༻BehaviorLegend
1.Intense physical activityFollowing the patterns of hunter-gatherers, agrarians
2.DietOmega-3 fatty acids / cod liver oil
3.Environment1 hour sunlight exposure daily
4.Interpersonal contactClose and frequent human exchange, social support, friendship
5.Engaged joyful activitiesInstead of ruminating / brooding on negative thoughts in lonely leisure time
Not watching TV
6.SleepAt least 8 hours, better 9 hours daily
Sources featuring Stephen S. Ilardi, Ph.D., US American associate professor of psychology, University of Kansas
Book The Depression Cure. The 6-Step Program to Beat Depression without Drugs, reading excerpt Introduction to The Depression Cure, Da Capo Lifelong Books, 1st edition 1. June 2009
Video Anti-Depression "Stone Age" Remedy, presented by watercolor online KBT, YouTube film, 5:21 minutes duration, posted 15. October 2007
Audio Interview MP3, presented by Radio Project Equal time, aired July 20th, reaired 7. September 2009
Audio Interview The Depression Cure on Positively Incorrect!, presented by blogtalkradio Positively Incorrect, host Scott Cluthe, 60 minutes duration, aired 12. June 2009

Poems on depression

A lazy part of us is like a tumbleweed.
It doesn’t move on its own. Sometimes it takes
A lot of Depression to get tumbleweeds moving.


Robert Bly (*1926) US American leader of the Mythopoetic Men's
Movement
, activist, poet, author, Morning Poems

 

Hiding in my room, safe within my womb,
I touch no one and no one touches me.
I am a rock,
I am an island.
And a rock feels no pain;
And an island never cries.


Paul Simon (*1941) US American singer-songwriter,
guitarist, poet, cited in the song: I Am a Rock

Abraham Lincoln's depression

Lincoln and His Depressisons. His unremitting despair and constant failure steeled his character,
excerpts by John McManamy, presented by mcmanweb.com, 10. November 2005, reviewed 12. February 2008

 

"Lincoln’s look at that moment – the classic image of gloom – was familiar to everyone who knew him well. … He often wept in public and cited maudlin poetry. He told jokes and stories at odd times – he needed the laughs, he said, for his survival. As a young man he talked of suicide, and as he grew older, he said he saw the world as hard and grim, made that way by fates and forces of God. ‘No element of Mr Lincoln’s character,’ declared his colleague Henry Whitney, ‘was so marked, obvious and ingrained as his mysterious and profound melancholy.’ His law partner, William Herndon said, '‘His melancholy dripped from him as he walked.’" Joshua Shenk, US American essayist, author, creative strategist, Lincoln’s Melancholy. How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness, Boston, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2005

 

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Confession at age 31

"I am now the most miserable man living. If what I feel were equally distributed to the whole human family, there would not be one cheerful face on the earth. Whether I shall ever be better I can not tell; I awfully forebode I shall not; To remain as I am is impossible; I must die or be better. Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) assassinated 16th US President (1861-1865), abolisher of slavery

 

Lincoln’s melancholia allowed him to see events with preternatural second sight. […] Nevertheless, he felt compelled to speak out against the madness, even at the risk of his career. Paradoxically, his political career took off […] .

 

Back in Lincoln’s time, living successfully with a mental illness was viewed as a character virtue.
[…] having decided that he WOULD live, he then decided HOW to live. When faced with the challenge of a lifetime, he proved more than ready.

 

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Lincoln's advice given to a colleague

"My greatest concern is to be on God's side," (1809-1865) assassinated 16th US President (1861-1865), abolisher of slavery

 

[…] On assuming his second term of office, Lincoln spoke the finest words ever uttered in the English tongue:

"With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds." Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) assassinated 16th US President (1861-1865), abolisher of slavery, 20. January 1865

 

  • Not only did Abraham Lincoln suffer from serious bouts of depression, but he also tried to give advice to others he knew were suffering. Lincoln's depressions, whether they lasted for hours, days, weeks, or months always came to an end. Knowing this, he could encourage others. It would seem his own experience led him to believe that depression was not a permanent condition.

 

Source: ► Abraham Lincoln Research Site

Benefits of tears – Judith Orloff

Personal avowals

  • For over 20 years as physician, I've witnessed time and again the healing power of tears. […] In my own life, I am grateful when I can cry. It feels cleansing, a way to purge pent up emotions so they don't lodge in my body as stress symptoms such as fatigue or pain. To stay healthy and release stress, I encourage my patients to cry. For both men and women, tears are a sign of courage, strength and authenticity.

 

  • I've been this enthusiastic about crying for years. In fact, during my psychiatric residency at UCLA when supervisors and I watched videos of me with patients, they'd point out that I'd smile when a patient cried. "That's inappropriate," they'd say. I disagreed then; I still do. I wasn't smiling because my patients were depressed or grieving. I was smiling because they were courageously healing depression or other difficult emotions with tears. I was happy for their breakthrough. In my life, too, I love to cry. I cry whenever I can. Wish I could more. Thank God our bodies have this capacity. I hope you too can appreciate the experience. Let your tears flow to purify stress and negativity.

 

  • When a friend apologized for curling up in the fetal position on my floor, weeping, depressed over a failing romance, I told her, "Your tears blessed my floor. There is nothing to apologize for."

 

Source: ► Judith Orloff, M.D., Ph.D. DrJudithOrloff.com, US American assistant professor of psychiatry, UCLA, dying companion,
lecturer, author, Emotional Freedom. Liberate Yourself From Negative Emotions And Transform Your Life,
The Health Benefits of Tears, Huffington Post, 21. July 2010

Study results on serotonine inhibited men versus women:

10% of the women act out.90% of the inhibited men act out.
10% of the men act in.90% of the women act in.

 

The benefits of tears

 

  • Tears are your body's release valve for stress, sadness, grief, anxiety and frustration. Also, you can have tears of joy, say when a child is born or tears of relief when a difficult time has passed.

 

  • Crying makes us feel better, even when a problem persists. In addition to physical detoxification, emotional tears heal the heart You don't want to hold tears back.

 

  • Like the ocean, tears are salt water. They lubricate your eyes, remove irritants, reduce stress hormones and contain antibodies that fight pathogenic microbes. Our bodies produce three kinds of tears: reflex, continuous and emotional. Each kind has different healing roles. For instance, reflex tears allow your eyes to clear out noxious particles when they're irritated by smoke or exhaust. The second kind, continuous tears, are produced regularly to keep our eyes lubricated. These contain a chemical called "lysozyme" which functions as an anti-bacterial and protects our eyes from infection. Tears also travel to the nose through the tear duct to keep the nose moist and bacteria free. Typically, after crying, our breathing and heart rate decrease, and we enter into a calmer biological and emotional state.

 

  • It is good to cry. It is healthy to cry. This helps to emotionally clear sadness and stress. Crying is also essential to resolve grief, when waves of tears periodically come over us after we experience a loss. Tears help us process the loss so we can keep living with open hearts. Otherwise, we are a set up for depression if we suppress these potent feelings.

 

  • Emotional tears have special health benefits. Biochemist and "tear expert" Dr. William Frey at the Ramsey Medical Center in Minneapolis discovered that reflex tears are 98 percent water, whereas emotional tears also contain stress hormones which get excreted from the body through crying. After studying the composition of tears, Dr. Frey found that emotional tears shed these hormones and other toxins which accumulate during stress. Additional studies also suggest that crying stimulates the production of endorphins, our body's natural pain killer and "feel-good" hormones." Interestingly, humans are the only creatures known to shed emotional tears, though it's possible that the elephants and gorillas do too. Other mammals and also salt-water crocodiles produce reflex tears which are protective and lubricating.
Source: ► Judith Orloff, M.D., Ph.D. DrJudithOrloff.com, US American assistant professor of psychiatry, UCLA, dying companion,
lecturer, author, Emotional Freedom. Liberate Yourself From Negative Emotions And Transform Your Life,
The Health Benefits of Tears, Huffington Post, 21. July 2010

 

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Urination and tears both clean out impurities.

  • When there is an emotional crisis men are very ill equipped to handle them. […] Telling a man not to cry is literally biologically the same thing as telling somebody not to pee. The purpose of urination and tears are very similar. They clean out impurities in your system. […] It was important historically for men to repress their feelings.
Source: ►Video interview with Warren Farrell, Ph.D. Farrell.com, US American political expert, gender theorist, spokesman of men's liberation, men's rights activist, former director of the National Organisation for Women, Primal Desire Versus Rational Love, presented by US Amercian web radio station The Freedomain Radio, A Voice for Men, host Stefan Molyneux, YouTube film, minute 10:08, 58:47 minutes duration, posted 14. February 2013

Depression at the brink of suicide

My duty as physician and healer is to talk people out of suicide.
I can be effective  because I absolutely know there’s hope for everyone and that depression is a distortion. It swallows the light, making misery seem like the only truth. But it is not. You must remember that. If ever suicide starts looking good, stop, regroup, and fight to find hope. Reach out for help. Don’t be seduced by the voice of depression.

 

Leaving your body doesn’t make emotional challenges disappear. The soul’s work continues. What I intuitively sense about its destinations is that who you are here is who you’ll be there too, albeit without the physical form you’re accustomed to identifying with. I don’t mean this punitively. I’m simply saying you’ll eventually have to face your demons.

 

Source: ► Judith Orloff, M.D., Ph.D. DrJudithOrloff.com, US American assistant professor of psychiatry, UCLA, dying companion, lecturer, author, Suicide: A Perspective Beyond Time and Space, excerpted from Emotional Freedom. Liberate Yourself From Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life, Harmony Books, 2009

Five strategies when faced with the inevitable – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Coping strategies in facing grave error, loss, disease, and death
In her iconic book On Death and Dying Swiss-American psychiatrist and dying researcher
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, M.D. presents five common stages of grief:
StrategyBehavioral patternKey phrase
1.Denial, isolation"This can’t be happening!"
2.Anger, rage"I’m furious about the loss or at everything.”
3.Bargaining, pleading"I promise I’ll be a better person if only you bring him back.”
4.Depression"I don’t care anymore. Life is too unfair. Why try at all?"
5.Acceptance"I’m coming to terms with what-is.
I’m devastated and I can continue to keep loving."
Source: ► Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, M.D. (1926-2004) Swiss US American psychiatrist, death and dying researcher,
founder of Near-death studies, author, On Death and Dying, 1969, Scribner, paperback edition 9. June 1997
Reference: en.Wikipedia entry The Five Stages Of Grief – Model of Coping with Dying

Experiment on the depressed brain of men and women

J. Douglas Bremner, M.D., US American professor of psychiatry and radiology, Emory University School of Medicine, director of mental health research at the Atlanta Veterans Administration Medical Center, author of the book Does Stress Damage the Brain?, conducted experiment on gender differences in depression.
A group of former depression patients agreed to drink a beverage that was spiked with an amino acid that blocks the brain’s ability to absorb the neurotransmitter serotonin. It induces the upbeat and happy feelings.

 

Men's reaction after imbibing
a serotonine inhibiting potion
Women's reaction after imbibing
a serotonine inhibiting potion
John, a middle-aged businessman who had fully recovered from depression, thanks to a combination of psychotherapy and Prozac, shortly after drinking the brew, wanted to escape to a bar across the street. He didn’t express sadness or any other feelings. He just wanted to go to Larry’s Lounge.After taking the cocktail Sue, a mother of two in her mid-thirties was overwhelmed by her emotions. She began to cry and express her sadness over the loss of her father two years ago.

 

Although most depressed men tend to “act out” their unhappiness through anger or alcohol, around 10% are prone to "acting in." They think, ruminate, and feel sad. Most depressed women tend to "act in" their unhappiness, about 10% of them use the more traditional male style of acting out. I’ve found some men and women who go back and forth between both styles. J. Douglas Bremner, M.D., US American professor of psychiatry and radiology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta VA Medical Center, cited in: Men and Women React Differently to Depression, presented by PsychCentral, Corinna Underwood, 3. October 2006

 

Links zum Thema Depression

Literatur

Literature (engl.)

Externe Weblinks


Vier Millionen Deutsche leiden an Depressionen. GLYX-13 ist ein Antidepressivum ohne Nebenwirkungen.

External web links (engl.)


Insight: Undetected reversible biochemical imbalances like low blood sugar level [hypoglycemia] which can masquerade as schizophrenia and other "mental" illnesses that can be changed with diet, food supplements and life style changes.

Audio- und Videolinks

  • Videoaussage von Erich Fromm (1900-1980) deutsch-US-amerikanischer Sozialpsychologe, Psychoanalytiker, humanistischer Philosoph, Autor, Konsum und Depression, präsentiert von erich-fromm.de, YouTube Film, 1:40 Minuten Dauer, eingestellt 8. Juli 2013

Audio and video links (engl.)

Discussing the art of Feeling Good using Cognitive Therapy to control anxiety and depression

Andrew Solomon: "The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality, and it was vitality that seemed to seep away from me in that moment."

Racist and elitist eugenics [dysgenics] was introduced by Charles Darwin's cousin Francis Galton (1822-1911) in 1883.

Depression is as real of a biological disease as is diabetes.

Research that lends meaning to the experience of depression

  • The Science of Depression, presented by AsapSCIENCE, YouTube film, minute 2:37, 3:45 minutes duration, posted 19. August 2014

Audio and video links (engl.) – Sean Blackwell

Media list provided by Bipolarorwakingup – Sean Blackwell


Audio and video links (engl.) – Peter Breggin

Video series: Simple Truths in Psychiatry

Audio and video links (engl.) – David R. Hawkins

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Audio and video links (engl.) – Colin Ross

Audios and videos on Psychiatry by Colin Ross, M.D., Canadian-American psychiatrist, clinician, researcher, lecturer and author in the field of dissociation and trauma-related disorders
TypeOfferingTitleSponsor ♦
Location ♦ P-Date
Minutes durationRelease date
YouTube videoInterviewIs Psychiatry A Scam? Truth About Mental Disorders, PsychiatristsPsychetruth, host Corrina Rachel19:5927. July 2012
YouTube videoInterviewCause of Mental Health Disorders: Chemical or Trauma?Psychetruth, host Corrina Rachel13:5523. August 2012
YouTube videoInterviewWhat's Wrong With Psychiatry & Mental Health APA DSMPsychetruth, host Corrina Rachel13:409. September 2012
YouTube videoInterviewDo Antidepressants Cure Depression? Are Psych Drugs Safe?
Antidepressants are not more effective than placebos.
Psychetruth, host-correspondent Corrina Rachel17:2226. November 2012
YouTube videoInterviewTruth About Self Mutilation, Pain Addiction, Depression, Therapy, Drugs, PsychologyPsychetruth, host Corrina Rachel12:5225. January 2013
YouTube videoInterviewDoes Electroshock Therapy Work? Is Electric Shock Safe? ECT PsychiatryPsychetruth, host Corrina Rachel17:0521. February 2013
YouTube videoInterviewSchizophrenia: Cause & Treatment, Truth about Mental Disorders & Psych DrugsPsychetruth, host Corrina Rachel15:474. March 2013
YouTube videoInterviewVitamin D, Health & Disease: Deficiency, Toxicity, Depression, Mental Health
Enhanced Vitamin D levels defy cancer, MS, and depression.
Psychetruth, host-correspondent Corrina Rachel19:4411. April 2013
YouTube videoInterview Mental Health Disorders & The DSM 5, Psychiatrist Tells the Truth
Issued by APA: DSM-1, 1952, DSM-3, 1980, DSM-4, 1994/2000, DSM-5, May 2013
Psychetruth, host Corrina Rachel17:085. July 2013
YouTube videoInterviewMental Health Stigma, The Truth Talks: Psychiatry & Mental DisordersPsychetruth, host Corrina Rachel19:251. September 2013

Audio and video links (engl.) – Abram Hoffer

Audios and videos on Depression featuring Abram Hoffer, M.D., Ph.D. (1917-2009) Canadian psychiatrist, biochemist, agricultural chemist
Focussing also on: Hypoglycemia [Unterzuckerung], coauthored with David Hawkins, Linus Pauling
TypeOfferingTitleSponsor ♦
Location ♦ P-Date
Minutes durationRelease date
YouTube videoInterviewNatural Cure for Depression, Bipolar, ADHD, SchizophreniaHealthy Mind Body Planet Tour 20069:2615. December 2007
YouTube videoInterviewDr Abram HofferCommunity Addiction Recovery Association (CARA), Sacramento, California, 27.-29. September 20079:3121. February 2008

 

Discussing addiction, Depression, AA, Bill W., Niacin, Linus Pauling, orthomolecular medicine, his colleague Dr. David Hawkins who had successfully treated schizophrenic alcoholics with Niacin Minute 6:40

 

YouTube video
Playlist
DocumentaryMasks of Madness, part 1 of 10
Masks of Madness, part 2 of 10
Science of Healing, part 3 of 10 – Half way defect
Masks of Madness, part 4 of 10
"Drugs (like antidepressants) are helpful." Minute 0:57
Masks of Madness, part 5 of 10
Masks of Madness, part 6 of 10
Masks of Madness, part 7 of 10
Masks of Madness, part 8 of 10
Masks of Madness, part 9 of 10
Masks of Madness, part 10 of 10
International Schizophrenia Foundation, host Margret Kidder4:46
4:43
4:40
4:38
4:40
4:36
4:42
4:38
4:35
4:35
30. March 2008
and
2. April 2008
YouTube videoOrbituaryAbram Hoffer Passing Away and his Contributions to Medicine 3:563. June 2009

Audio and video links (engl.) – Vitamine D3 intake / Gesundheitsförderliche Vitamin D3-Gaben

Movie links (engl.)

  • Animated and narrated lesson A brief history of melancholy, presented by TED-Ed, educator Courtney Stephens, animator Sharon Colman Graham, YouTube film, 5:28 minutes duration, posted 2. October 2014

 

Interne Links

Hawkins

 

 

1 Die andere Stimme. Lebenskonflikte und Moral der Frau, DTV München, 1996

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