The way we talk about depression in our culture is … making me feel depressed. It just seems like something's gotten lost along the way, or misconstrued — as if somehow in trying to figure all of this out our humanity’s been lost.
Some people say that depression is a “disease,” and that there's a pill for it, but the pills don't seem to work very well.
What if everything you've ever been told about this is wrong?
What if you're receiving a message from within? An invitation to look at something in your life that needs your attention?
Look: I'm a clinical psychologist and, including my training years, I've been at this for well over a decade. I've worked in mental hospitals, chemical dependency centres, you name it — and I have never worked with someone who was depressed who didn't have a reason, on some level, to feel that way.
They might not have known WHY they were depressed when they first came to see me, but it never took long before we uncovered what was causing the ache underneath.
In the field of mental health, as opposed to internal medicine, we call something a "disease" in part so that it won’t be misconstrued as a personal failing or a weakness but this is a false binary. Continue reading.
Originally posted on Mind,Body,Green.
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