Depression: Should we be rid of it?

Depression: Should we be rid of it?

There are 7 comments on the story from Mar 4, 2010, titled Depression: Should we be rid of it?. In it, reports that:

Am I as happy as I should be? We've become so obsessed with that question that it's making us miserable, says psychotherapist Gary Greenberg.

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Alachua, FL

#1 Mar 8, 2010
It's a propagandized fraud by the mental health industry for profits of the Pharmacutical industry.

Psychiatry EXPOSED!

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Since: Aug 08

Christchurch New Zealand

#2 Apr 30, 2010
The fact of chemical imbalance is shear guesswork.
Sure you can stop suiside with drugs but the answer really is the cause not the symptom.
If the lack in a life is filled the the problem is solved.
Finding the cause it what has to be achieved.
As we all have different needs or gaps in our lives it is simple to pop pills and slow the thinking down as they do in age care homes.
That is not giving the person a full life though.
I am sure that coumnsellors can and often do help people but not the majority of people who are eddicted to the medication.
If only we got onto these answers with children who have long term sepression then they could understand why they have gaps in their lifes and then learn to cope at an early age.
Dulling the thinking with medication is not a realistic solution. Getting them a full life is though.
Seems here we are fighting university training.
Yes it is a mental problem but changing things in their lives so they can achieve better will be more satisfactory to the subject than medication to dull the sences.

Since: Jun 10

Portsmouth, OH

#3 Jun 26, 2010
It's a propagandized fraud by the mental health industry for profits of the Pharmacutical industry.

Psychiatry EXPOSED!

Yes, I agree that there are shrinks that do not perform correctly BUT....depression IS a serious problem. Take it from one that suffers from it.

I have been seing shrinks for years and they don't help. In fact, they seem to make the problem worse. I was better when I was able to ignore the problem - to hide the problem - to hide the problem from myself - but these shrinks belive that everyone should face their problems and therby be able to deal with them. That procedure does not work with all people - me especially. Unfortunately, I am a disabled vet and have to attend their appointments - no choice in the matter. It takes weeks for me to get my head on straight after a 1 hour meeting with my shrink.

Depression is real but there are many ways to treat it. Usually, the patient has been able to errect mental barriers to deal with it. The shrinks live to tear down these barriers and bring everything up front causing the patient extreme mental anguish. At least in some patients.

Anyway, what I think that I am trying to say is that depression is not an excuse for a person's actions. It is a mental problem and should be dealt as such with correct discussions and maybe some meds. I just wish the doctors would treat patients with depression on a one to one basis and not lump all of them into one category. I have to play the VA game but non-vet patients have a choice of doctors to go to and I recommend that they try many more than just one. Find on that is comfortable to talk with and does not push pills to cover up the symptoms.

One last thing. Like I said, depression is an actual mental/medical problem - NOT AN EXCUSE to get away with illegal activities.

Sorry - just started ranting

Interlachen, FL

#4 Jun 26, 2010
Waverly, Will get back to you.

Diagest this in the mean time.

To understand the dirty underhanded (political) way of producing mental illness and depression you may want to read:

The FDA Ban of L-Tryptophan:
Politics, Profits and Prozac
by Dean Wolfe Manders, Ph.D. .


From: Prescription for Nutritional Healing by James F Balch, MD and Phillis A. Balch, CNC


Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that is necessary for the production of vitamin B3 (niacin). It is used by the brain to produce serotonin, a necessary neurotransmitter that transfers nerve impulses from one cell to another and is responsible for normal sleep. Consequently, tryptophan helps to combat depression and insomnia and to stabilize moods. It helps to control hyperactivity in children, alleviates stress, is good for the heart, aids in weight control by reducing appetite, and enhances the release of growth hormone. It is good
for migraine headaches, and may reduce some of the effects of nicotine. A sufficient amount of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) is necessary for the formation of tryptophan, which, in turn, is required for the formation of serotonin. A lack of tryptophan and magnesium may contribute to coronary artery spasms.
The best dietary sources of tryptophan include brown rice, cottage cheese, meat, peanuts, and soy protein.
This amino acid is not available in supplement form in the United States. In November of 1989, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported evidence linking L-tryptophan supplements to a blood disorder called eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS). Several hundred cases of this illness-which is characterized b~ an elevated white blood cell count and can also cause such symptoms as fatigue, muscular pain, respiratory ailments, edema, and rash-were reported, and at least one death was attributed to the outbreak. After the CDC established an association between the blood disorder and products containing L~tryptophan in New Mexico, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration first warned consumers to stop taking L-tryptophan supplements, then recalled all products in which L-tryptophan was the sole or a major component. Subsequent research showed that it was contaminants in the supplements, not the tryptophan, that was probably responsible for the problem, but tryptophan supplements are still banned from the market in the United States.


Note that tryptophan (due to protest) was reinstated to the market place (2004) however: Read below.

Interlachen, FL

#5 Jun 26, 2010
NOTE: B6 is important as a catalyst for Tryptophan to work:

Tryptophan was never restored in the food source.

Alert: Protect Your Right To Natural and Bio-available Vitamin B-6!


Human beings cannot live without vitamin B-6. It is also important for the prevention of cancer and the prevention and treatment of seizures, anemia, mental disorders including schizophrenia, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other conditions. Its effect on carpal tunnel can seem almost miraculous.
A natural form of the vitamin, Pyridoxamine, was recently yanked off the market by the FDA. Why? Because a pharmaceutical company, BioStratum, wanted sole use of pyridoxamine in a drug, a drug which may or may not ever appear. The company filed a so-called citizens petition and the FDA agreed, notwithstanding protests from ANH-USA, other organizations, and thousands of citizens. You might ask: how can Pharma take a supplement off the market and claim exclusive use of it as a prescription drug? The FDA does not presently feel obligated to answer this question.

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Foamer King

Spotsylvania, VA

#8 Sep 24, 2013
All I need is my cat 'Foamer" to cheer me up.

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