Depression: n. creating many intense unpleasant feelings about oneself and life in general with much selfdoubt and a frustratead inability to find a worthy goal(s) in life which frequently exists with (an inability to concentrate and/or insomnia) and/or (no appetite and/or guilt) and/or (helplessness and/or hopelessness) and/or (feeling little pleasure in life and/or selfhatred) and/or rarely thoughts of (death and/or suicide) and these symptoms exist with sufficiently large frequency and duration
Depression is such a complex, vague, and inaccurate concept that diagnosis of degrees of depression is an exercise in futility. How many of the symptoms of depression do you need to exhibit before you are truly depressed and need counseling, behavioral therapy, or even medication for it? How intense and frequent must the symptoms be to accurately diagnose severe depression which needs immediate attention? No questionnaire is an adequate tool and hourly visits and talk sessions with the shrink is not enough time to make any kind of reliable diagnosis.
It is obvious that if you have all the symptoms of depression mentioned in the definition then you can be called truly depressed but is no appetite, insomnia, inability to concentrate, and hopelessness enough reason to start medicating someone with psychiatric drugs with side effects which often make the circumstances worse in the long duration?
Radical behavior modification or useful therapeutic techniques are the ultimate answer but unfortunately the cure often requires too much money and time and a new environment to be successful in curing depression.
Medicate a patient and place them in the same old environment of dysfunctional friends and bad circumstances and there is little hope that the depression will improve or get better. The only guarantee is that the patient will get addicted to the drugs and have more problems in the long duration due to their excessive addictive use.
Remove the medication and the symptoms of insomnia, inability to concentrate, etc. come roaring back with new and greater intensity and make living life a greater hardship. Are the real causes of the symptoms an overly stressed life, inability to bond with optimistic humans living healthy lifestyles, unhealthy food and drink, and inadequate sleeping habits?
How many primitive tribe humans can be classified as depressed? Almost none of them are depressed but are actively engaged in everyday living trying to survive in the wilderness.
Many modern humans are also trying to survive under mostly unnatural artificial conditions of modern society with little or no contact with nature for many of them. Many are living unsatisfying lives of relative isolation in cramped city apartments or sterile suburban homes with unhealthy social lives and unhealthy food and drink which impairs the brain’s natural functioning ability. Living a city life or suburban life for many is so stressful and unnatural that many succumb to their artificial environment pressures and start to become mentally impaired or depressed as the psychiatrists call them or good repeat customers for their drugs and “profession”.
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