I was diagnosed with something similar to depression. I know for me personally, depression is something that can be very hard to avoid or very easy. It depends on the trigger, the mood I was in before, and what I'm doing at the time. Most of my depression deals with feelings of isolation and not feeling good enough. It's not hard to deal with since most people do have depression at one point, but it's harder when you DO fall into a depressive period and can't seem to let go of the mood as easily as others can. And depression doesn't mean I've lost the ability to feel happiness, anger, love, or any of those things. But I suppose depression has a bigger grip on me for some reason.
I can't say I know the answers to depression or what causes it or how to treat it. I just know every individual must know their own bodies and what cures their ailments to rid of it...even if it's only temporary.
EmbryonicRabbit68 wrote:As for depression, for me, it's a drug, that has no high. Maybe I'm not the best judge because I'm not depressed often outside of heartbreak, but from what I've heard about certain drugs, it acts like the downside of some of them. And sometimes depression can come from chasing an emotional need you just can't get, striving to be a better person yet it's just nearly impossible, so you're reaching for that one thing that'll make you happy, but you can't get it. Sometimes you can predict it, sometimes you know that what you want you can't have, so the depression is going to come anyway. I don't find much of a need for drugs because it's all in your imagination, if you free your worries well enough, psychedelics will come to your mind freely. But that might just depend on the type of person... But they're all highs and lows we can achieve on our own. I think a lot of people, such as Janis and her generation, "needed" drugs to get there because they didn't think like that growing up, it was an entirely different world. But that's my opinion, my mind acts very weirdly.
I agree with you on this.
Depression is a drug to some, but not all. It can be very addicting, though not by intention. It's like a leech more than a drug, imo. It just grabs onto you and doesn't let go, sucking all the life out of you.
I do think that the 60's hippie generation needed the drugs, as well. I know Grace has said that "No, we weren't depressed, we were happy"...well, duh, obviously if you're on drugs that make you happy, you WILL
be happy. But she fails to mention before any of them ever did drugs. What did they feel then? Did they feel like an outcast, or that they weren't loved enough, or that they never deserved love, or that they were lonely? I think we can all feel the effects of psychedelics, uppers, downers, etc, all naturally. In fact, taking a drug feels fake to me - like to feel happy, transcendental, or high. It feels better when I am naturally happy, transcendental, or high...