New study reveals link between depression and being alive

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.

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4 Responses to New study reveals link between depression and being alive

  1. beoman says:

    O my that’s pretty terrifying. Just take this drug and never be depressed? Sounds.. not right.

    Reminds me that there is a condition where some people actually cannot worry or get depressed. I think the main guy in the movie Se7en had it. It was pretty entertaining. I guess it wouldn’t be so bad if we’re all like that. But I think if we muck with our brain chemistry that much, things are bound to go wrong…

    • Jane says:

      “-muck about with our brain chemistry that much–things are bound to go wrong.”

      I quite tend to agree. Good to see you beoman. And thanks for visiting. :)

      • wakkerrere says:

        a more important point here.. part of it is that yea, if we mess w/ the brain, then we’ll probably get something wrong (although meditation is also messing with the brain.. I suppose it’s easy to classify it as ‘natural’ messing w/ the brain since you’re not taking any substances to do it though =). the other aspect is that there is a reason we feel depressed – it’s cause we’d rather have things be different than the way they are. it can be a motivating factor to change our lives. the problem is when we don’t change our lives and the depression deepens and we don’t deal with it. but taking a drug to make it go away isn’t going to improve the situation.

        the flip side is that there is some aspect to “wanting things to be different” that can be solved simply by “not wanting things to be different”. if meditating and accepting the moment can cause the latter, and so can the happy drug, then what’s the difference? aside from the fact that you’ll have a dependence on the external factor that is the drug, as opposed to the internal one that is your meditation.

  2. Jane says:

    wakkerrere says:–“ I suppose it’s easy to classify it as ‘natural’ messing w/ the brain”

    Well, I suppose it depends on how you look at it. Scientifically speaking, what meditation does to your brain neurologically is very similar to learning a skill. It adds circuitry for that skill set. So if that is ‘messing’ with the brain, then so is learning juggling or a new language.

    wakkerrere says:–“ if meditating and accepting the moment can cause the latter, and so can the happy drug, then what’s the difference? aside from the fact that you’ll have a dependence on the external factor that is the drug, as opposed to the internal one that is your meditation.”

    The short answer is: there is a huge difference. The long answer is, that the issue is complex and can be approached from a number of angles in terms of a pointing why and how there is a huge difference between relying on pills or on meditation.

    Let’s start with simple biology. The truth of the matter is, most of today’s version of happy pills have deleterious effects on the body and hence the subjective experience of the mind, the longer you take them. You’ve got impotence, obesity, motor neuropathy, akathasia, homicidal and suicidal ideation, withdrawal psychosis, the list goes on and on and on. The price for chemically controlling your emotions these days is not just financial but biological.

    Meditation does none of those things to you. Meditation builds up your brain and your senses and feelings and functioning whereas today’s psych meds tear all that down. That’s one obvious difference.

    Let’s look at it from another perspective. Lasting healing. Psych meds don’t do that. Big Pharma readily admits that psychiatric drugs do not cure anything and so, should you go off them, (assuming you can handle the withdrawal) then you get to experience your symptoms again, sooner or later. Because you have not been healed. Which is not the same as being changed, which is what those drugs do to you when you are made impotent for the rest of your life. Permanent alteration of the brain wiring, but not in any beneficial way.

    What does meditation do? It changes and develops the area of the brain that rules over thought and emotion traffic. What does that mean? It means that if you meditate long enough, the changes are likely to be permanent, in terms of healing from depression or halting racing thoughts. The studies right now show that the changes made to the prefrontal cortex by meditation stick around—even if the person stops meditating.

    For example, I’ve been quite busy the last few years writing a book. And because I have had to budget my time differently and also because I have been balanced for years now, I stopped meditating for awhile. I don’t need to meditate like I used to when I was actively trying to heal myself. In fact, I don’t need to meditate at all. When I do, it’s more like running antivirus program or defragmenting my mental hard drive. Just tidying up my thoughts and feelings.

    But I am not, nor have I depended on, daily meditation for my mental health and emotional stability in years. And the reason I can get away with it (unlike someone maintained on meds), is because I was actually healed, changed,–in a good way–that left me with my creativity and all my other healthy impulses and natural functions intact.

    So, no matter how you slice it, meditation is superior in almost all ways to medication maintenance (except in terms of time invested and effort exerted, where drugs beat meditation hands down). To me, there is not only a big difference but the difference is so profound as to not even be remotely comparable.

    The only way meds could ever catch up with meditation would be to chemically do what I did with concentration practice, which is build up the brain in the area responsible for emotional equilibrium. And do it, without turning you into a twitching blimp that must take dialysis and insulin to combat the damage the treatments caused.

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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