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Abandon Hope, All You Who Enter!

Today’s depression feed pushed me over the edge..  “Depression May be Linked to a 5-Fold Death Increase.” This was on the heels of the past weeks entries which included, “Sleep Apnea Linked to Depression” and “Depression Ups Risks of Parkinson’s Disease” and “Depression Tied to Stroke Even if Symptoms Ease.”  The list could go on.  The  articles make you think there is no hope to escape depression or its effects on the body.

When I see things like this, I think about the time and money spent on these studies.   I am sure there must be a place for them but right now, when we need more time and money put into curing depression, we are spending time and money on things that could increase the risk of people despairing that they can ever hope to be a healthy human just because they have depression, something I must remind you, that is out of the control of the individuals who face this illness.  Articles and studies like these have the potential of heaping more guilt onto individuals who already have more than their share because of how society looks on depression.

So let’s get serious and start spending this time and money on studying the brain. because understanding it is our only hope of climbing out of the depression chasm.

– Bernadette

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