This article fails to take into account the environmental factors. Even at a
surface level the literature shows that the power of genetics is questionable at
best (given that studies of identical twins raised in differing environments is
very difficult to come by). It saddens me that we give so much power to forces
out of our control (genetics) when it comes to mental illness. While there may
be some genetic tendency towards certain patterns of behavior, emotion or
thought it is in no way guaranteed. In my work as a psychologist, I work with
individuals that can trace their sadness/depression and worries/anxiety to a
variety of environmental stress, cues, triggers and influences that they can
work to monitor, learn to cope with and move forward from. I feel like we seem
to be leaning towards the learned helpless model when it come to mental illness-
"I have it. so I can;t do anything about it..." I believe with a more
"empowered" model of thinking about mental illness we will begin to
address the problems earlier, identify resources for help and be able to develop
the abilities, resources and support needed to move forward in life.
It's better to prevent than to cure.Everyone go ride your
bikes! That is the answer.
Dr. D has it right.But "learned helplessness" seems to be
the national fantasy right now. It's much easier to blame things on others
or things we "can't control" than it is to deal with them.I struggled (still do sometimes) with depression. But because I am a pilot
and antidepressants would ground me, I had to find other ways.I
can't really explain how I did it, but I managed to find ways to cope.
(Even going to a psychologist was something I didn't want the FAA to hear
about.) With help from a good psychologist, I'm sure it would have been
easier.It's difficult at best -- but not impossible and not
beyond controlling without drugs.
I do not think we need to dig to deep to identify the causes of increase. The
probability of parents getting a divorce has increased. More mothers with small
children are working outside of the home. Children spend more time participating
in various forms of mind-numbing entertainment and less time participating in
physical activity. The school occupies the time without providing an adequate
amount of meaningful challenges that help the individual develop skills
applicable in the real world. The youth are taught in direct and subtle ways
that there is no God, and thus there is really no high purpose in life. We are
feeling our kids a depression cocktail, and then wonder why depression rates are
Have rates of depression actually increased, or are we just better at diagnosing
depression today than we were 50-60 years ago?
There is probably a strong correlation with the rise in social media which feeds
unreasonable expectations about oneself. "Red" from San Antonio is
probably right. Go outside and ride a bike.
People should educate themselves on this topic by reading the thoughts of
National best-selling author Meg Meeker, MD. on teenage depression in girls.
Her conclusions would not be considered politically correct or be favorable to
the marketing/media industry, but they make inherent sense - and she gives great
advice on what we can actually do to combat the problem.
It is difficult. Help and answers are hard to find. Judgment seems easy to come
@conservative s What about dr meeker do you exactly find so amazing, from
what I have read of her work it is at best derivative and frankly that's