Clara Hughes is the representative of choice in the Let's Talk campaign in Canada. I recently saw her doing a short piece on a Canadian magazine style show. She looked quite happy and stated something like this:
(I am paraphrasing here and not quoting directly as I did not get it written down at the time.)
This last year has been the best. I feel better than I have for years, especially during this last year. (Clara is promoting treatment for “depression”) and it is because sharing my experience with others gives me a real purpose in life now which gives me a better feeling than I ever got from winning Olympic medals. (Roughly stated) People walk up to me and tell how grateful they are that I am speaking out this way.
Whenever I hear things like this I hear hints given regarding what the person was depressed ABOUT. In my own way of hearing it is about psychological/events/relationship (psycho-social) problems in life that perhaps went unresolved and often were never identified at all. But bio psych of course does not understand “depression” in this way. In fact, most psychiatrists now believe the person's actual life experience is largely irrelevant and that is why many of us fight against this system. The bio psych system tends to reduce pretty much everything to chemical, electrical, synapsing or genetic problems...in other words, mechanics.
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Please Watch the Tone of Your Posts
I want to say that I would like everyone to keep the language and the potential slanderous remarks well toned down OK? I really want to keep this board up without any threats from people with power to change that.
I know people are angry, resentful and frustrated for many legitimate reasons but please speak from your OWN personal experience and how you felt about it and not from other people's stories or gossip. If you have not read the PDF files above regarding the use of this board please do. You can download them to your own computer or flash drive. It is pretty simple and leaves lots of head room to communicate honestly.