New study reveals strong links between depression and being alive.
A recent meta analysis of thousands of cases of people with depression spanning decades has concluded that life causes depression.
It appears that humans are susceptible to varying states of depression for a myriad of reasons.
Anything from wars, natural disasters and politics to personal, financial or family loss and even individuals illness and impairment all have been linked to depression.
These findings clearly indicate the underlying cause of most forms of depression basically amounts to stress in all it’s manifest forms.
There is only so much stress people can take in their lives before the effects of the stress causes changes in the affects of the stressed victim.
Not everyone is built equally in terms of what levels of stress they can take before depression strikes.
One woman’s story is a classic example of this.
“It took me literally years to face the fact that I was depressed and had been for some time. I work 70 hours a week in a high pressure job, my husband is deployed in a war zone. Both my kids have problems. My daughter came down with bipolar at 7 and my son was diagnosed with adhd at age 6. I never get enough sleep, I am always the one dealing with everything. I can never find personal time for myself. It feels like I work for everyone in my life. I began to feel burned out, burned out at everything going on at once every day with no breaks no time off for myself. I was handling it all fine for years then one day I realized I was depressed. I did not think it could happen to me.
Now take my mother for example. She lives with us. She gets up in the morning, takes her coffee and watches tv for two hours. She gets all her information about the world from the Tv. By the second hour she is on the vodka and after two hours of watching tv, seeing and listening to what is going on everywhere in the world, she just crawls back to bed for the rest of the day. She has been like that for years.”
When we interviewed a top depression researcher he had this to say about the strong links between being alive, living a life with unavoidable stresses and the onset of depression.
“Our research indicates that the depression response is hardwired into our genetic makeup. People get stressed [over life events] and they get depressed. It is a weakness coded in the DNA.
We are working hard to find a permanent cure. It is only a matter of time before we develop drugs which specifically target those genes responsible for causing depression and remove them.”
Asked what it would be like to be incapable of depression for the rest of one’s life one scientist had this to say.
“It would be a good thing I think (not being depressed, again, ever ) I mean in today’s world, really who has time to be depressed? If no one were ever depressed it would mean less time missed from work and school. Less money spent in various therapies and interventions. You would have more productivity across the board in every walk of life of those effected by treatment. I mean if a close relative in a family died we expect that the entire family could be moved to depression. That one event could cause a ripple effect. From a performance drop in the kids at school to the parent’s performance in the workplace. Who has time for that anymore? Of what possible good could come from an entire family that was depressed?
We think that is totally avoidable. What we want to do is be able to prevent those performance drops from happening. This would be a good thing for us as a nation, as a people.
Once our parent pharmaceutical company that provided all our research money maintains a patent lock on our genetic depression treatment pill and has made untold billions off of saving Americans from the effects of life itself. We could export this cure to the rest of the world. We need merely look around and we can find depressing things happening to people in all corners of the world.
There are people living lives of squalor and famine or people in strongly polluted, destroyed or war torn areas that could all benefit from a permanent cure for depression in the form of the generic version. As long as the people of the world keep having children, we would continue to have a need to manufacture our cure.”
I posted this on my old blog in 2008. Thought it could use a dust-off.