7 thoughts on “The Science of Depression Video

  • Dec 9, 2014 at 7:28 am
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    Genetic bases for depression has been known for some time but it hasn’t been adequately publicized.Gene sequences, brain anatomy, neurochemistry, all these are now thought to have a much greater impact than social or environmental issues. Unfortunately, most people still believe that one can just “will” oneself out of depression. Getting humankind to take depression as seriously as any other chronic disease seems an almost impossible task, especially given that the people most likely to understand the true nature of depression are depressives themselves.

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  • Dec 9, 2014 at 7:29 am
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    Genetic bases for depression have been known for some time but it hasn’t been adequately publicized.Gene sequences, brain anatomy, neurochemistry, all these are now thought to have a much greater impact than social or environmental issues. Unfortunately, most people still believe that one can just “will” oneself out of depression. Getting humankind to take depression as seriously as any other chronic disease seems an almost impossible task, especially given that the people most likely to understand the true nature of depression are depressives themselves.

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    • Dec 9, 2014 at 10:08 am
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      Great points. It seems to take public opinion several years (or never!) to catch up with science. You are right that most people only understand or fully empathise with depression only if they or maybe a close loved one have had it. Thanks for sharing your ideas. You seem very knowledgeable 🙂

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      • Dec 9, 2014 at 10:56 am
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        Well, being a doctor and a patient and a voracious reader helps. 🙂

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        • Dec 9, 2014 at 11:11 am
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          I’m not a doctor but I’ve intensely studied psychology, counselling, meditation and mental health for twenty years. Read so many research papers seen so many lectures. I know more than most mental health professionals which is why I decided to set up this. I’ve had professionals say I know more than them. So we’re on a similar page. I’ve put in to practise everything I’ve learned. It’s great you’re a doctor. You sound knowledgeable. However most doctors I’ve met doctors know hardly anything about mental health, sounds like you’re the exception. Studying something as a passion goes beyond academic interest.

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          • Dec 9, 2014 at 1:08 pm
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            You’re absolutely right, most doctors, even some psychiatrists sadly, still look upon depression as a functional disorder with no organic basis, quite apart from, say, frank psychosis. It is a dichotomy that surprised me once, now I no longer bother. The problem remains that a depressed person asking for Depression to be taken seriously is taken as yet another “Cry for attention” and that can rapidly deteriorate in a vicious cycle. I don’t think I’m an exception, but yes, most people, unlike you, choose to sweep depression under the carpet, and that includes several patients of the disease themselves.

          • Dec 9, 2014 at 1:47 pm
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            I think the fact that you have experienced depression yourself means that you understand it on a much deeper level. Your background as a doctor then compliments that very well. It’s great to have people like yourself helping raise understanding. We need more doctors like you who truly understand. Thanks 🙂

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