The fact is that Antidepressants are dangerous drugs !!
I personally have suffered from depression a good part of my Life,and no longer do,or at least in comparision to my past,which at times was severe for long periods(as long as a year,with no relief,I can remember thinking,"On how I felt,and once described it as- ,I wouldn't wish this on my worse enemy!"- every morning hoping this day ,might be better,total did-interest in Life in general,no ability to feel joy,like the most terrible sadness that isn't getting better,by the day,by the week,by the month, imagine you are caught outside in the cold,in the wilderness,and you can't get warm,,your stuck in that "State" of discomfort,constant unrelenting mental discomfort:
Persistent depressive disorder (also called dysthymia) is a depressed mood that lasts for at least two years. A person diagnosed with persistent depressive disorder may have episodes of major depression along with periods of less severe symptoms, but symptoms must last for two years to be considered persistent depressive disorder.
excerpt from Wikipedia on-Dysthymia- In addition to individual psychotherapy, both group psychotherapy and self-help, or support groups, can be an effective line of treatment for dysthymia as well. Through these treatment modalities, issues such as self-esteem, self-confidence, relationship issues/patterns, assertiveness skills, cognitive restructuring, etc., can be worked through and strengthened.
AUTOMATIC THOUGHTS, INTERMEDIATE AND CORE BELIEFS
Those immediate, first, quick thoughts that go through our mind in response to a situation. They are our initial thinking reactions that go on to affect emotions and behaviors. Problematic automatic thoughts are negative. Sometimes they can go unnoticed and usually they go unquestioned. Learning to monitor thoughts is a essential first step in Cognitive and behavioral therapy. As obvious as these surface thoughts can be. It does take practice to capture them. Regular thought monitoring helps us notice these more easily.
“ She thinks I’m weird” “ I won’t pass that test” “ My heart might stop beating” “ I will get AIDS from that doorknob
These are more under the surface but influence the direction our automatic thoughts go in. They are very important in maintaining anxiety and depression. Discovering these beliefs help us move toward change. Key aspects of Intermediate Beliefs are:
• expectations and assumptions about ourselves, relationships and situations around us • Rules and guidelines we follow • Attentional priorities and biases which influence what we notice or don’t notice and the ways we think and respond to a given situation. Examples:
“ Meeting new people is something to avoid” “ Not exerting myself, will keep my heart from failing” “ Always look for danger and expect it to be there” Core Beliefs
These beliefs, in the Cognitive Model, are considered to be at the deepest level of our thinking. They represent our
• underlying self-values and perceptions and • Underlying views of ourselves, others and the world around us. • Core belief statement have an absolute quality to them such as:
“ I am worthless” - “ I am inadequate” - “ “ if I fail, I am worthless” -“ I am unsafe in the world”
Patterns of thoughts and behaviors
Researcher believe that our biology, genetic predispositions and our life experiences come together to form our beliefs, perceptions, rules assumptions and expectations. Over time, it is thought that we develop certain repetitive cycles or patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving that can be self-reinforcing
Remember nothing is more Powerful then "N.A.T.U.R.E".no human conceived gods,no social constructed religion,nothing-Nature is All. and find your part in Nature,and do best you can..all we can do- my advice,,,and try to see what Leo is saying in " A Rant against Culture"
Remember "Balance"and Nature will have it's way in the end.