Do you think that depressed people need the help of a physician and/or medication? Or do they simply need to change the circumstances that may be causing, or at least contributing to, their depression?
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I completely agree. Depression is not something one fakes. They might fake an occassional headache, but never the crippling pain of depression.
"Judging" "what THEY think" is very risky. There are non-copers and not-organized but there are also those dealing with things that someone else doesn't have a clue about. I think "lazy" is pretty rare and "screwed up" is often very inaccurate.
ME Whelan - Laziness is only the outer expression of an attitude which I called "poor-me-precious-me", a self-centeredness that puts one's own importance in front of everyone else. Acting "depressed" is a strategy.
Perhaps using the label "depression" was inaccurate. Perhaps I am thinking about the "poor me, precious me" that you identify Vladimir and whether seeing a physician and/or being on medication would even help them.
Sandi - "Brain's chemical imbalances" have never been scientifically proven, and lack of "happy neurotransmitters" could be secondary to something else, maybe hormonal, maybe mental. So, psychoactive drugs are just helping with symptoms, not causes.
You jump to conclusions Austinstar and I'm not being cruel. Someone very close to me suffers from significant depression and I know it's very real. My question was asking about whether some people might fake it simply to get attention or sympathy.
Why was that the first thing that came to your mind? People don't fake depression. Depressed people NEED attention and sympathy. Ignoring a cry for help is not a good idea.
I never said it was the first thing that came to my mind. I've been a registered nurse for over 30 years and I've seen a lot of "true" depression. But I've also seen some who seem to be using the label "depression" as a crutch. Just asking others....
And I don't people who have it are faking it. Maybe they have something similar and are confusing it. Something like my strepression. Where my stress leads to depression