I don't think it was a case of 50 years ago there where hardly any, I just think it's a case of better medical records being kept, better studies and a better understanding of depression actually is.
There are *many* variations/kinds and yes they may start different ways, but what it all comes down to is a chemical imbalance with in the brain.
Not to be disrespectful to anyone on here at all, but 50 years ago attitudes would have been much the same as "chin up and snap out of it"
I think it's such a touchy subject, and I know exactly what people who suffer from depression get offended when people say "I can think my self happy, and I just carry on" because unless you actually experienced depression, you will never truly understand it. As someone else says, it's like telling a diabetic they are stupid and to think their blood sugar to be normal!
I have had a lot happen to me as I am sure a lot of people have Abusive mother and her BFs who liked to beat me, lived by my self since 15, miscarriages, abusive relationships, and I do not ask for the pity party *what so ever* .. and events is not what causes my depression. All this has happened to me over the course of 15 years and I *did* just get up and carry on.
It's what you got to do, no one else is going to pick you up and dust you off. My friends and family who know me tell me how strong and independent I am.
There's nothing perticular event for methat brings the cycles on. For example when I had the miscarriage, sure I was devastated and sad and I cried and was just numb for weeks, but I didn't get what *I* call my "depressed" and didn't need anti~depresants at that time, sure it took me time to stop crying and feeling say, but God, who wouldn't?
It was 8 months later I got a cycle.
For me, I can "feel" a cycle coming on. It starts over a few weeks. My last cycle I was pigheaded and refused to go back on the anti depressants again cause I get sick of taking them. I was near breakdown when I gave in and went to the doctors.
It's almost like a aura with migraines for a comparison. First I just start feeling numb .. I start to loose energy, I can't bring my self to even get out of bed and get dressed, I get days of such total despair and confusion that I can't even decide if I should for example, have a drink of water, or juice. It just totally over whelms me and I can sit in floods of tears for hours over it. I loose weight ( a good thing! ) because I have no desire what so ever to eat, Friends will call me and I will just stare at the phone ringing, They will come round to see if I am ok and I just won't answer the door. I'm lucky I have a good set of friends that understand it's just something I prefer to go through by my self because I can't cope with people at that time. If I do manage to drag my self out, all I can do is sit in the corner and watch people. One time I did this I just got totally over whelmed and run out the bar and home.
The anti depressants take about 6 weeks to get in my system, and for me there is a down side to them. The effect they have on me, is they enable me to function, BUT they also just stop me feeling. I don't really have any emotion about anything. I mean I still find things funny, and can go have a laugh and function like a normal human being, but it is like it just stops me feeling any kind of "sadness", so when I come off them, although my brain is back to normality, I have to cope with being able to feel emotion again, it's like a giant flood of it and for the first few weeks I get so over emotional (Not to be confused with depression) it's just crazy.
Once I adjust to being back to "normal" (What ever that is LOL) I am fine again till my next cycle.
I also want to add if a Dr is offering you pills after one session, then they are just crap. A good Dr will give you tests and assessments. Mine sent me to the mental health clinic for assessments by a proper specialist. I think a lot of GP's can confuse true depression with periods of stress and what not in peoples lives which is why I also think a good GP would also refer you to a councilor to help properly diagnose you.
Originally Posted by alwaysaangel
This is really why I hope that very soon they come up with a definitive test for depression. I am very much an analytical type person and its too hard to define/diagnose depression. They're working on finding a definitive blood test/biopsy that can be done but as of now they're only finding correlations.
But I just don't believe that 50 years ago, there were no depressed people and then all of a sudden they appeared! The 75% on this poll isn't far off from the estimated 75% of all americans experience it at some point in their life. And if the numbers were the same 50 years ago - the suicide rates would have been higher which they weren't.
The only correlation between the suddenly ridiculously high numbers of people with depression is the increasing pill-popping state of the US and the ridiculous commercials leading thousands to run to their doctor because they're depressed - just like the ball on the commercial!
If you look at other countries without the pharmaceutical companies you once again don't see these ridiculously high numbers of depression.
I'm not trying to put down anyone on here or saying they aren't depressed - I just wish there were better diagnostic tools to determine someone who is clinically depressed and someone who is just having a hard time dealing. Right now so many psychiatrists will prescribe antidepressants to just about anyone (I was offered drugs after 1 session when I just wanted to talk to someone about some issues I was having in college - I didn't go back after that - there was no reason for them to offer me drugs, and yet they did). But anyway, I wonder if a lot of people wouldn't do better with counseling and time.
There have even been studies that showed that placebos did just as well at curing depression as active medicine (eg. here http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releas...-pam042902.php
) so in some ways for SOME people its not physiological.
Someday we will find some great diagnostic tools, and I'm hoping these numbers fall. Because all the drugs Americans take nowadays cannot be healthy.