We may one day be living in conditions of deprivation which are unfathomable to us now. How will we cope? It could be very depressing. We would be wise to know how to deal with that when it comes.
Let’s face it. We’ve all been depressed at some time in our lives. Maybe we’ve snapped out of it after a time. But for many of us, depression is a chronic problem.
But isn’t using the word “epidemic” a bit strong? The rate of depression has increased 10-20 times in the past several decades. More young people are suffering from depression than ever before. That’s why it makes sense to say it’s become a real epidemic. And the use of antidepressants is on the rise.
May I say that if you’re unhappy, there are plenty of good reasons to be that way. And you’re not alone. Consider for a moment that it’s not all about you and whatever faults you think you may have.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not shunning the need for taking personal responsibility for our own actions. The point is that there are outside sources that aren’t in our favor, to put it mildly. We live in a hostile world.
Society in general can get us down. I know people who won’t watch the news because it’s too stressful. The economy’s in shambles. Our country is at war in too many places and seeks it in still more. Politics offers nothing in the way of meaningful solutions.
How often does the news talk about whether we’re buying more goods this month? There’s no way to count the number of times consumer confidence gets mentioned as a barometer. We’re made to feel bad if we’re not out there buying stuff.
In spite of the fact that many of us have forsaken an attitude of consumerism, we still live in a consumerist culture that encourages debt. And nultinational corporations continually dehumanize us.
As if that weren’t bad enough, the holidays can be depressing, too. That’s partly because we’ve let ourselves be burdened with higher than normal expectations and unnecessary deadlines. We think we need to spend money we wouldn’t ordinarily spend to buy gifts.
Is it possible depression has certain advantages? Might we be seeing reality more clearly when we’re down? Could that lead to new discoveries and motivations? Can breaking free of the mold be a key to our survival both now and in the future?
Bruce E. Levine is a clinical psychologist. A few years ago he published a book called Surviving America’s Depression Epidemic: How to Find Morale, Energy, and Community in a World Gone Crazy. It’s this week’s DestinySurvival Pick. While I must admit I haven’t read it for myself yet, the reviews are more extensive than most books I’ve featured here. A number of individuals have found this book helpful and meaningful. It may be worth your time to see what they have to say.
Surviving America’s Depression Epidemic
can help us see a bigger picture and understand our demoralizing society. But we can get beyond ourselves in a way that lets us thrive. Reviewers call it insightful, bold and corageous.
One reviewer was pleased that the book isn’t a rehash of the same old things we usually hear concerning getting out from under depression. I believe we need to know about remedies and practices that don’t involve medications, and Levine may be able to shed some light on such things.
If you’re like me, you’ll be glad to know there are no exercises or charts to fill out. Why should a book’s proposed solutions be cumbersome?
If Surviving America’s Depression Epidemic appeals to you, why not order a copy for yourself? Click on the book’s title wherever you see it in this post. You can view reviews and add the book to your cart from the page that appears. With your own copy you can jot down notes or use a highlighter to mark key points. That’s not something you can do with the local library’s copy.
If you struggle with depression or know someone who does, this could be the book for you.
What do you do to beat the blues? Go for a walk? Watch a movie or read a book? Take up a new hobby? Change your eating habits? Why not share your thoughts and help others by leaving a comment.