Stanford’s Sapolsky On Depression in U.S. (Full Lecture) October 17, 2019 100 By Stanley Isaacs CategoryArticles BlogTagsawakening biology chemistry decreased appeti disorder grief guilt infectious disease insomnia loss of sleep major severe depression Medicine mental illness psychology psychomotor retardation Science self injury symptom vegetative symptom 100 Comments heathenwizard says: July 5, 2019 at 6:01 am This is a great talk. Kinda taken by surprise when people clapped at the end though – I mean it was a fantastic lecture but I’ve never seen that before! Reply Venom Q says: July 5, 2019 at 4:00 pm I have watched this many times. I have tried to look at the bright side of life. It's not there. Dr. Sapolsky is right. Mental illness is the most misunderstood and misdiagnosed condition that plagues humanity. It manifests itself in many ways. Unfortunately we don't and cannot understand what it means. It is often a diagnosis of exclusion that leaves the most vulnerable of society at risk of being subjugated and forgotten. I was wrong to believe that this was not the case. There is a lesson to be learned here. I fear that for some we are too late. Reply Spicy Artisan Hipster Salami says: July 12, 2019 at 10:28 am I went through a “down” period for about a month. Not depressed, just high anxiety/fear from circumstances and I stopped eating. 30 pounds lost in one month… I was scary skinny and didn’t even care, wasn’t hungry, nada. I can’t imagine being verifiably depressed Reply MaxBrix says: July 12, 2019 at 12:31 pm I can't handle this right now. Reply Newell Daugherty says: July 14, 2019 at 8:21 pm I call it the Golden Curse!!!! The Voyage of Return I set sail across the desert to leave the pain of misery. Searching for the ocean, I have heard so much of its splendid beauty and tranquility. My sails were full of the hot desert air as I passed motionless dunes. I remember what was said to me when searching for content afar. “For man is never content as he seeks contentment when he cannot seem to find it.” I looked out across my bow and noticed an oasis drawing near. I saw a weary traveler with camel at hand, getting drink from the cool. Our I eyes had met and I let down my and it mysteriously drew me there and coasted to his near. He asked me, "Son, where does your journey take thee?" I replied, "Far away from the pain and misery and to the great ocean of splendid beauty and tranquility:” He turned and drank another drink from the cool, looked back at me and asked, "My Son, what is the heaviest load a man can carry?" I pondered, what an odd question he was placing upon me, and could not think of a satisfying answer. He knew I was alone and puzzled. He spoke, "A grudge, my Son -for he cannot see clearly ahead because of his pains and becomes an inmate of the past." njd2 Convictions of Valor Courage gives one might and fortitude to push on in the midst of uncertainty and fear. It is here where spirits are summoned as faith is extracted from deep within. There's nothing in life of renowned magnitude that’s accomplished without sincere determination. There is no one that can provide it to you, not I or them. It is not something anyone can buy or take a pill for. It's a resource that is within us all; it renews self-worth. It is the drive that spurs us on. From the courage within, it is here that we encounter our balance. And from this day forward the expedition our life's voyage, All starts with our first foot forward. njd2 Reply pappanalab says: July 15, 2019 at 7:10 am is it worrying that a good chunk of this stuff applies to me? Reply Ryan Estrella says: July 17, 2019 at 8:00 am Best. Reply vaishali sheth says: July 17, 2019 at 6:04 pm "Agression turned inwards!!!" So beautifully explained! Best lecture on depression…presented in such compassionate manner! Reply vaishali sheth says: July 17, 2019 at 6:07 pm And a very soothing voice! 🙂 Reply Cave Squirrel says: July 18, 2019 at 12:04 am I’d love to hear this without the crowd noise Reply Jessie says: July 25, 2019 at 6:39 am This is amazing Reply Different World says: July 25, 2019 at 10:39 pm I'm watching and thinking what's so funny that people laugh….its strange watching while they laugh.. Reply diana salles says: July 26, 2019 at 8:34 pm Why did the professor not mention the social consequences and material stressors of childbearing on women but rather only focus on the endocrinology as a cause of depression? I have my theories and they are that the professor needs to brush up on feminism. Reply diana salles says: July 26, 2019 at 8:34 pm Why did the professor not mention the social consequences and material stressors of childbearing on women but rather only focus on the endocrinology as a cause of depression? I have my theories and they are that the professor needs to brush up on feminism. Reply Massimiliano Verzasconi says: July 28, 2019 at 10:55 pm Crowd laughing each time he says something in such a precise way not even depressed people could describe. It is not a joke what he says. So irritating Reply Cj USA says: July 29, 2019 at 7:21 am EVERYTHING hit hard LITERALLY..MDD is HELL..then about family & friends..quit 23 yrs of Prozac it was 80% flouride i researched & many others. SSD/SSI permanent 11 yrs now yet by then it was too late.Its cold cruel world for some while others try to sleep or sleep too much for years.Depression is definitely the worst and then add Complex. Lifelong PTSD BPD OCD ADHD Severe anxiety chronic pain abandoned isolated assulted many many times homelseeness single away from in a foreign place away from ypur children and grandchild and thank God for your seizure dog Angel..for me to live with fibro.. help detect and alert to them bit no one is around to hear her or cares. As u question God over and over for one last miracle of an entire lifetime of pain living like a soldier battlong nonstop bombing and gunfire of pain after trying to escape yet failing every time u have one last reason to look at no one in the eyes or trust or love.I can finally rest but my last hope and unconditionall reality only comes with the companionship of an animal But an Angel is here with me which I believe sets me free from the grief of humanity Reply Chris Namaste says: July 29, 2019 at 4:07 pm There is a dog shaking at 17:10…listen…. Reply Desislava Pashova-Diamant says: July 29, 2019 at 6:26 pm Brilliant! Thank you. Reply gnazlis says: July 31, 2019 at 6:46 pm @ 2:00 both of these diseases are caused by over-consumption of simple carbohydrates… Reply Chris Rees says: August 2, 2019 at 7:07 am Depression feels like someone turned out the lights. Sometimes it feels like your mind is play tricks on you, like you are in a fog or something. It's anguish. dread, fear all wrapped up into one, like something awful is going to happen. Reply kaos moto says: August 3, 2019 at 4:17 am This is by far the best lecture I've ever seen on depression and the complexity of the disease… From anedonia to major depressive disorder and TRD. From the chemistry to pharma.. He is an abs amazing professor and knows what I'm thinking to ask next without me needing to ask. Reply no name says: August 3, 2019 at 5:32 pm and the reason Standford isn't creating graduates who can quilty cure depression- THEY HAVE NO IDEA WHAT DEPRESSION IS YET. This is an education system that can only profit off causing problems, they are not in the business of solving problems, no profits in solutions, only profits are found in causing problems people react to so you can sell them drugs for a lifetime. Reply akwatic says: August 3, 2019 at 6:14 pm This is excellent, compassionate, informative lecture. Thank you for posting this! I have heard Dr. Sapolsky refer to people suffering from this diagnosis as both "depressives" and "people who have depression". In the larger context of Mental Health, and stigma and misinformation regarding mental health diagnoses (which this lecture is actively working to remedy in my opinion), terms like depressives, or saying someone IS a bi-polar (for example), is incorrect and does not recognize the personhood of the individual as paramount to the diagnosis. I challenge myself everyday, and now all who read this comment, to consciously use language that respects and recognizes the personhood in every individual (regardless of a mental health diagnosis or not), but in particular when speaking about, and too individuals with these diagnoses. We are not depressives, or bi-polars, or schizophrenics, or psychos, we are PEOPLE who have depression, PEOPLE who have bi-polar, PEOPLE who have schizoaffective disorder. You may not know the profound influence you have on someone when you address them as an individual, and NOT their diagnosis (or disability) but it is tangible, and sometimes life saving. Reply DJ3Cubed says: August 4, 2019 at 2:39 am I have had an Rx and forced myself to watch SAD content visually, sad movies, as stimulus and can confirm it made no effect on making me physically sad. The realization of its effect of shuting down the emotion, and forcing stimulus to not get an expected result of sad. I felt to be abnormal, incomplete. I discontinued use because of that reason. I want to know more, do you ship the required books in the sylabus to Canada? Reply Jeff Hill says: August 5, 2019 at 4:29 pm Standard American Diet > inflammation > depression. Simple. Reply SiegXels says: August 6, 2019 at 11:36 pm 8:48 I've been fighting the psychomotor retardation for 2 years now, I can't get myself to eat, I can't get myself to leave the bed, I can't even brush my teeth or shower. I been stuck in this loop trying to get routines working but they never stick, It might work for a few days a week at max, then all of the sudden the depression just pulls me straight back down and I go into this "psychosis" again. I was on SSRI for 4 years but quit them cold turkey about 1.5 years ago. I feel like I know myself better by staying of the meds but I also feel like this psychomotor retardation has crippled me way harder off the meds. This constant loop of psychomotor retardation > good week trying to get routines > fall back into depression has gotten me feeling exhausted after 2 years. I don't feel sadness or pain anymore, I just want this to stop. Reply vakarimasen says: August 8, 2019 at 1:35 pm Thank you, Mr Sapolsky. I suffer from depression for about 15 years. This video helped my friends begin to understand why I'm often such an indecisive whiny bitch. Reply lumburgapalooza says: August 10, 2019 at 4:48 am Every day is a mammoth struggle and is made infinitely worse by the fact that the people I love can not see it. Thank you for this video. I don't feel crazy anymore. Reply Meh. says: August 10, 2019 at 7:30 am I really love this lecture it's simplified and humorous just really great. Reply shawn burnham says: August 10, 2019 at 9:57 am 42 on this and ^ Reply Sandor Jerabek says: August 11, 2019 at 5:38 pm Fuck this ex wild child turned professor .. His brains are fried due to lsd use.. Reply brooke says: August 11, 2019 at 8:29 pm "Depression is aggression turned inward." Wow. That got me. Reply W Serba says: August 12, 2019 at 9:19 pm This condition is debilitating, so how do these genes still exist? Why does no one ever talk about irritability as a symptom? Reply Kay D says: August 17, 2019 at 2:43 am The laugh of students who have never experienced anything in life. Reply Roman Medina says: August 17, 2019 at 5:58 am I’m guessing he doesn’t let his students ask questions???? Reply Dane Prescott says: August 17, 2019 at 12:24 pm The ancient history of depression during modern times. The reason, in fact, so many people suffer. Depression remains untreated at the root cause of it. Reply Sid Peimer says: August 19, 2019 at 12:07 pm If ever you've been confused by the mechanism of action of the various classes of antidepressants, then this is a must-view. An elegant and enlightening lecture. Reply Carolina Bergström says: August 19, 2019 at 6:40 pm Warning! Loud clapping at 52:08. Reply shawn burnham says: August 20, 2019 at 8:11 am 45 Reply Ajdin Dracic says: August 20, 2019 at 7:15 pm i say force a "positive event" on someone initially! Reply Kendall Ammons says: August 21, 2019 at 11:01 pm nerds Reply shawn burnham says: August 25, 2019 at 9:48 am 48 Reply Hesham Alharthi says: August 28, 2019 at 5:44 am 8:07 i have that psycho motor retardation Reply Michael Borek says: August 28, 2019 at 6:12 am This one hour lecture helped me more with my depression than years of counseling. Once I understood where my depression originated, I was able to find a step by step coping process. I can’t thank Dr. Spolasky enough for helping me change my perspective of my disease. I loss my mother a year ago, I return to Dr Spolskys lectures and it makes me appreciate how wonderful we are as humans and the beautiful mechanisms of our anatomy and physiology. I think his lectures have made me more intelligent in the process. Reply Jon H says: August 30, 2019 at 2:06 pm Every single thing he said is something I have completely failed to communicate to multiple doctors, psychiatrists, police officers, social workers, friends, family. This disease has only gotten worse and spread to more Americans. This is truly remarkable and terrifying. Reply P. N. says: August 30, 2019 at 8:43 pm These videos attached are very good….talking about narcissistic parents and how the reverse parenting takes away the sense of agency and locus of control becoming strictly external for childhood survival necessity leading to poor cognitive development… https://youtu.be/SfypfTi1UnA https://youtu.be/THl8L4SHAvA Reply Mary Lamb says: September 1, 2019 at 11:23 pm I get severe depression when I eat milk, eggs, turkey, sunflower seeds, and sucralose. There are physical symptoms too: severe back pains (sunflower seeds), burping (with sucralose), asthma attacks (eggs). I ate sunflower seeds a while back and actually felt guilty just out of the blue! It was so weird, but these depressions are outside my normal thoughts. The sucralose depression does piggy back on my thoughts, however. I've never had reactive depression, but have known people who have had it. Reply Sociopathos says: September 2, 2019 at 9:20 pm ''Herp Derp, eat kale, spinach, and go jogging, herp derp''… every ''expert'' on the internet. Reply Yen Lau says: September 3, 2019 at 4:57 pm Why the laughs Reply goodwell says: September 4, 2019 at 2:29 pm If you don't say what people can do to get out of depression, what good is giving a speech about it? Go to Dr. Neil Nedley. He helps people overcome depression. Reply Marco Presti says: September 5, 2019 at 3:32 pm I think that if you manage to "come out the other end" you did NOT have depression, not a "serious" one. Real pain, is ONLY when it lasts forever, if its temporary its not actually there as you will have a way to heal it and eventually "forget" it or replace it with good feelings. Of course I'm no doctor so that's just my useless 2 cents, but as someone who will suffer literally forever until he dies I find it really annoying when people say that it's even POSSIBLE to "come out the other end" because sometimes it is not possible. Reply Jerry Jones says: September 7, 2019 at 3:22 pm brilliant lecture. Reply Saint Jimmy says: September 7, 2019 at 6:19 pm Boyinaband Reply Étienne Beaudoin says: September 10, 2019 at 1:55 am Perfect lecture, but cant the camera guy zoom out lol Reply Musistics says: September 10, 2019 at 6:59 am Thank you. Reply Zamolxe Zamolxe says: September 10, 2019 at 7:19 am What if we can genetically modify these genes? Reply KommentarSpaltenKrieger 129394032 says: September 10, 2019 at 9:38 pm This sheer complexity and half of the talk is just about getting rid of common misconceptions. Interestingly, if you are invested in psychiatric disorders, you have to do both, look how the condition can be eleviated and at the same time tell the public it is actually a thing. To be quite frank, in absence of information, I would easily think you can change depression via the right way of thinking. But this is only one piece of the puzzle with an effectiveness which depends heavily on a whole lot of other conditions on a lot of levels, both endogenous and exogenous. Sure as hell, listening to this one time is not enough. Reply So sehe ich euch (Kanalinfo) says: September 11, 2019 at 9:27 pm It is addiction of psychiatrists to betray, to torture animals, to rape and to be brutal to animals and humanbeings.IT is war and the violence outside is that of rapists, if torturers of animals and of brutals, which are as disgusting as this mob of primitivs, of drugaddicts and of sadists, who porn and robb, terrorise and torture animals out of their way and yes, they do this to all those, who protest the real sadists, the real drugaddicts, the real torturers of animals, the real rapists and the satanists outside, for Real satanists are cowards in cruelty and organised violence and even rape and prostitution, which Real criminels and torturers of animals do, real rapists and real torturers of animals,they laugh about cruelty, about sadistic violence and even about rape and cruel violence to animals and humanbeings.They laugh about sadistic cruelty to animals, the even organise it, by ripping off the organs, they organise this to children also, laugh about sadistic cruelty and sadistic violence to them.Psychiatrists are torturers of animals, which laugh about cruelty, brutality and terror and sadistic cruelty to animals and not but animals, they laugh about brutal violence by mob, for All those, who are psychiatrists are torturers of animals also. Reply So sehe ich euch (Kanalinfo) says: September 14, 2019 at 4:38 pm Do "slut" hunters love cats? NO, Not at all.Do dog fanatics love cats? NO, Not at all.Do sadists, Islamists and psychiatrists engaged in torture of animals, do love animals?Not at all.Do rapists love animals or cats?NO, Not at all.Do narcissists love animals or children?NO, they, use and abuse them as their servants.Do torturers of animals as are psychiatrists love animals?NO, Not at all.Do racists love animals or children, no not at all, they cripple, they damage, they shoot onto them, as they are used to be brutal, to be evil and sadistic, mean and violent and therefor murder all those, which are feeling empathy to those, which they crippled in full intent do so, which is fun to sadists as torturers of animals, as are psychiatrists, as it is a sadistic fun to torturers of animals, which study, how to torture them to death and how to use and to abuse animals and even children to be studied, chased and hunted until they are dead, or kill themselves in despair,for the raptorraces already won over. In the planned violence of war and in the planned overkill, which it will be by the uttermost evil and insane, which are as cruel as are scientists in torture of animals and humanbeings also, keeping them to the raptorraces in a huerachy and a System, which is planned to kill the links, the "sluts", which at least have empathy to the damaged and crippled in full intent to do so,which sadists are used to laugh about in organised cruelty and terror, which is this perverted war about food and drugs and in neglect to the terror, which this, war is to animals and children, which get abused to this war, which is war by the torturers of animals, as are psychiatrists. Reply Sophia’s Vlogs says: September 17, 2019 at 1:08 pm Did I see a white dog in the audience?? Reply Locust Swarm says: September 20, 2019 at 4:04 pm It's a shame that Sapolsky isn't a psychologist. He emanates something that makes me think I could share everything with this man in a heartbeat without any form of discomfort or feeling ashamed. He is so charismatic. Reply The Ultimate Reductionist says: September 20, 2019 at 8:50 pm I absolutely need to accomplish something that everybody will remember me for, to make a lasting contribution to humanity,even if I am not always right, like Sigmund Freud before I die. Reply Jamal Tyrone says: September 21, 2019 at 2:04 pm Looks like I have non-depression depression then. I get up relatively late, eat more when I'm stressed, have up days and down days, can enjoy sun rises and sunsets. I've forgotten what other things he said cos i watched the video yesterday. Reply ibrar arshad says: September 21, 2019 at 4:32 pm In-short this video has told me that we are absolutely fucked considering there are so many different factors at play causing this condition. So yeah, embrace the void fellas. Reply George X says: September 23, 2019 at 11:16 pm Depression and loneliness are easily confused. Brain imaging shows that they are not the same thing. Many people tell their doctor that they are depressed, when really they are lonely. That is why anti-depressants don't work for them. And then, their doctor wonders why. It is because the patient misrepresented loneliness as depression; and so, of course, antidepressants are ineffective. Reply Dollysinn says: September 24, 2019 at 5:54 am Awkward laughing during serious points. Interesting defensive behavior. Reply Zeljko Brekalo says: September 25, 2019 at 2:26 pm This professor is a joke. Reply Beatrice Norman says: September 25, 2019 at 11:47 pm Anyone know if there is a better version of this lecture posted online somewhere? I want to share it with a friend but they wont be able to understand what he's saying over the coughing, laughing, background noise. I believe he filmed his lecture Stanford series after this, but I don't see an episode called Depression in the listing. Reply M R says: September 26, 2019 at 6:23 am So what is the gene he is referring to? Reply M R says: September 26, 2019 at 6:24 am What exactly is the name of the gene he is referring to? MTHFR?? Reply Jewels Sylva says: September 27, 2019 at 5:26 am Thank you for offering your class instructions with us. I am 68 years old & I was told that my chronic depression & PTSD were developed due to childhood trauma. I am glad to hear your more biological explanation. I have, over a lifetime, developed coping mechanisms to manage my depression & anxiety. I still take two meds for depression. But stress management, nutrition, & good sleep have long term improvement. Reply Karen M says: September 28, 2019 at 1:28 am This has helped me to understand my sister’s suicide 12 years ago. Reply David Mayhew says: September 28, 2019 at 9:25 pm He needs a grooming tutorial. Reply Yusuf Erbil Sinci says: September 30, 2019 at 8:45 pm i disagree that depression is mostly a biological disorder. thats most often not the case. its more starts by psychology that can affect the whole body(biology) Reply Brainstorming Plus says: October 1, 2019 at 7:49 am 👍👍👍👍👍 Reply elgooges says: October 3, 2019 at 6:01 am My celebrity parents are paying an extra $15,000 so I can watch this lecture. Reply MrRocker989 says: October 5, 2019 at 1:38 am This guy is a Professional deceiver Reply Benjamin Röhling says: October 5, 2019 at 11:25 am it's not Jeans (genes) but generators Reply David Denenny says: October 5, 2019 at 7:32 pm Depression is just as socioeconomic as it is biological. Just a friendly reminder to the reductionists out there. Reply Cotton Top says: October 6, 2019 at 5:04 pm Hell I love being depressed, it gives me something to do? Reply Ma. C. says: October 6, 2019 at 10:37 pm The moment you guys associate a laugh with actual bullying is the day you reveal that you don’t really understand how nuanced emotions can be Reply Anthony Skidmark says: October 8, 2019 at 12:03 pm Between 2 ferns. Entities are real and have been recorder multiple times. They can be good or bad and is karma bound to that soul for a while. Those are not delusions, you should get better equipment to study the human body when scanning for truths. Reply Julia Romaine says: October 9, 2019 at 1:18 am I've lost many loved ones and related to his quote "Depression is aggression turned inward." I'm coming out to the other side healing and moving on. Reply Half Lopes says: October 9, 2019 at 4:49 pm Dog on 1st row, seams rly interested xD Reply willrobd says: October 10, 2019 at 1:46 am Capitalism has always been the elephant in the room when it comes to mental illness. Living paycheck to paycheck causes anxiety. Not being able to see a doctor is stressful. Choosing between paying rent or having heat/electricity feels hopeless. Working multiple jobs and never being able to see our loved ones is depressing. Laboring for a wage is alienating. Marketing ourselves to capitalists for jobs that determine our worth as human beings is insulting… capitalist life is a meaningless grind for most of us. It's no wonder we're all depressed. Reply Regina Semenenko says: October 10, 2019 at 8:44 am It seems like many people say that the journey out of depression involves many different things. I've heard several people say they do a combination of psychotherapy, antidepressant, meditation, and some cope by exercise, support groups and practising their faith. I wish there were as many free support groups for people struggling with depression as there are AA groups! I have two friends who struggle with depression and they do not have insurance to see a mental health professional. So their health needs go untreated. That is so sad! Reply Shreekar Ranade says: October 10, 2019 at 1:56 pm This man is a wonder! Reply Darshan Shetty says: October 10, 2019 at 6:27 pm I just can't believe depression is real. Its so subjective. Reply Kadin Molock says: October 10, 2019 at 6:56 pm Bob Ross of Biology Reply Brenda Christopher says: October 12, 2019 at 5:35 pm Based on a hypothesis that mental illness is a biological disease there is 40 billion dollars a year in sales of psychiatric medications in the U.S. 1/4 of Canadian women take an antidepressant. 1/5 of Americans take a psychiatric medication. 1/2 of foster children are being chemically lobotomized for control and profit. 1 in 9 American boys is being treated for ADHD. The U.S. uses 90% of the world's Ritialin. The are no biological tests or imaging of any kind that can validate any mental disorder as a disease. Quick someone call WHO there's an epidemic of chemically unbalanced people in North America! https://youtu.be/Ep1ODxCoYlI Reply Brenda Christopher says: October 12, 2019 at 6:17 pm https://youtu.be/W4Xb29geVwE. I took psychiatric medications for 10 years and they caused me to think and behave in ways that were contrary to my core values, I will never touch them again. Drugs don't change your reality only your perception of it. There are 'Black Box' warnings for a reason! I needed to deal with my issues of childhood abuse, foster care and the resulting alcoholism, depression, anxiety and self destructive behaviour, it wasn't a fucking disease that could be cured by a pill. I believe that it is a crime against humanity to disempower people by leading them to believe their issues are a biological disease that need medication to correct but offer no evidence to the patient to support that claim. This is a profitable lie and 87% of Americans believe this to be a truth! Reply Brenda Christopher says: October 12, 2019 at 7:36 pm “The whole educational and professional training system is a very elaborate filter, which just weeds out people who are too independent, and who think for themselves, and who don’t know how to be submissive, and so on — because they’re dysfunctional to the institutions.” – Noam Chomsky. Psychiatry is a corporate lackey for 'Big Pharma'. Reply Brenda Christopher says: October 13, 2019 at 1:58 pm "Come on pull yourself together", (no one says that) I was suicidal, it's not a matter of pulling ones self together, it's about the support of good minded people and not people that will lead you to believe you have a disease i.e. you are a helpless victim of a brain disease and need drugs to treat that disease, just like insulin for diabetes. Prove it! All the symptoms of the various levels of depression are described but what biological evidence is used to determine that even the most depressed patient actually has a DISEASE? 40 billion dollars a year in sales of psychiatric drugs in the U.S.! Having attempted suicide and being hospitalized I would never suggest a person experiencing psychiatric disturbances isn't suffering, however with my life experiences as a 64 year old woman and my observations of people I have known throughout my life, I no longer believe the B.S. Psychiatry is spewing and we are supposed to lap it up like its being given to us by some infallible God. Pharmaceutical companies are one of the most corrupt corporations on the planet, ghost written articles, cherry picked studies, paid corporate lackeys. Pharmaceutical corporations have paid billions of dollars in fines for fraud, damages etc. Dr. Peter Breggin has testified in cases and patients were awarded for the damage caused by these mind altering, brain damaging neurotoxins. It's my understanding that studies have shown even the most depressed patients will recover after about 14 months but long term use of medications will cause a chronicity of symptoms. "The worse thing you can do to a damaged person is damage them more" – Dr. Peter Breggin Reply Una Forsyth says: October 14, 2019 at 8:59 am Didn't Van Gogh appreciate sunsets? Didn't Rothko? In my experience what depression does is this – you appreciate sunsets but they no longer provide consolation from your sense of despair. Read more poetry, man; experience more Art. And, for the record, his dualist approach is reductive. There are far fewer differences between the two forms of the disorder, and to suggest otherwise went out of fashion (certainly here in the UK) way back in the 1980s when I trained as a mental health professional. Reply Brenda Christopher says: October 14, 2019 at 4:40 pm “In truth, the ‘chemical imbalance’ notion was always a kind of urban legend- – never a theory seriously propounded by well-informed psychiatrists.” Dr. Ronald Pies – July 11, 2011 in Psychiatric Times We have hunted for a big simple neurochemical explanations for psychiatric disorders and have not found them. – Kenneth Kendler, Psychological Medicine, 2005 Reply Brenda Christopher says: October 14, 2019 at 5:19 pm Three years ago Canada passed the 'Assisted dying law', and even before it was passed news articles were appearing suggesting that people with mental health issues should have this right as well. These articles were accompanied by personal stories. The articles also pointed out that this is already being done in Europe, accompanied by a personal story as well. In 1939 Nazi Germany 100 thousand hospitalized mental health patients were sent to the gas chambers based on the hypothesis that these people were biologically and genetically damaged. The slippery slope! Reply Daffidd Mihailov says: October 14, 2019 at 8:48 pm The american school about depression is wrong. Give them drugs because is just a biological disorder. But they don’t stress the importance of society and symbolism and the the other things that make as be human not 🐀 in a laboratory. Carl Gustav Jung approach and humanistic approach of French school treating the depression is much more effective. You can heal yourself without pills or drugs. The body and mind is not a static chemical thing. We are not just hormones and dopamine. Reply Lobster Johnson says: October 14, 2019 at 10:29 pm How do we battle this as a species? Reply Brenda Christopher says: October 15, 2019 at 1:23 pm "There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution." Aldous Huxley Reply Brenda Christopher says: October 16, 2019 at 4:47 pm https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_largest_pharmaceutical_settlements Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.