Understanding The Pain

An EP member posted a question in the Q&A forum:
What is your experience with depression?
They added details:  Whether you have experienced depression personally or you have known someone with depression. Give me your outlook on it--just a forewarning, I suffer from clinical depression, so if you would like to tell me how selfish depressed people are, you're getting flagged, sorry. I just don't feel like hearing about it.
Normally I don’t answer questions like these (for professional reasons) but for some reason I could tell that the person posting the question really wanted some answers from others.  What they were searching for, I don’t know but, I decided to answer their question.

My answer:  My outlook on depression is different than most people. I don't think those that suffer from depression are selfish. In fact, I think just the opposite. I DON'T believe people really enjoy being depressed and they really and truly like to suffer. Life is finite for us and that realization should make people more sympathetic to those who are suffering. No one with common sense would give someone a hard time for them experiencing physical limitations. I think if people were more compassionate to others then many would find the support they need to recover from an illness that can mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually cripple someone for life.

Now with that being said, I also firmly believe that each person is responsible for his/her own health and well being. I think that diet is the most essential role in a person's life. You really are what you eat. A diet of caffeine, alcohol and sugar will alter your mental and physical being in a negative way. A diet of fresh, clean water, whole plant based foods will do wonders for fueling a person's body and mind.

Exercise is the second key component. I believe people must move in order to move their mood. Nothing happens overnight. Everything worth having takes lots of baby steps.

A psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, nurse, family and friends are also important components of a depressed person's health team. But even with the best of all of these a person will not be better if they do not want to. Ultimately, it is the person who is depressed who decides if he/she wants to get better and is willing to take the necessary steps to get better.

That was the end of my answer to the posted question.
I didn’t tell them my profession. I really didn’t think it was necessary or important to what I needed to tell them.

In the grander scale, we are all here to help (not hurt) each other.  We are all on a journey.  Some people experience some very bad things in their life and their journey proves to be more of a challenge than for others.  That is unfortunate and life is not always fair.  We can only do the best we can with what we have.

Even though I am a doctor, I am not your doctor.  I cannot listen to your troubles, prescribe medications or give you insight on your, your family or friends medical conditions.  It is inappropriate for you to ask.

If you feel suicidal then there is a hotline that you can call. I support the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline EP Link

EP has a list of resources (see link above) that may be able to help you.

If you are interested in posting anything that would not be beneficial to me or to anyone else who will read your comment, I would caution you not to.  I will delete it and block you.  Positivity begets positivity.  Kindly be respectful and mindful of your comments.
WildSpectrumArts WildSpectrumArts
46-50, F
1 Response May 15, 2012

You are a kind, compassionate person. I'm glad you decided to reach out to that person, and I hoed your answer helped them. It's people like you that make this the great site it is. You're certainly a special Lady in my eyes.

Thank you, sir.

Just telling it like I see it, Lovely Lady. And you are certainly welcome.