Depression Solutions – The Twelve Top Physical Causes

Searches for solutions to depression are all too often assumed to lie in the emotional realm. That’s because depression was considered to be an emotionally-generated symptom, so the assumption was that it would be resolved through the emotional realm. That’s why it was addressed with counseling or therapy – often years of it, and that’s why physical issues were typically overlooked or put aside.

Then it was considered to be ‘all in your head’ due to a chemical imbalance in your brain such as a serotonin deficiency, or a disturbance in serotonin metabolism. That’s why it was addressed with anti-depressant medications that affected serotonin levels in your brain.

But that can be a big mistake, because sometimes it’s not just ‘all in your head.’ Here are twelve physical conditions that can give rise to depression symptoms. If you or someone you know is suffering from depression, be sure to check out all of these conditions in looking for a solution.

What is depression?

Depression is an emotional symptom, often seen in a negative attitude, low mood and loss of interest in people and things that are normally of interest. It may even involve feelings of guilt, low self-worth, having low energy, poor concentration, disturbances in ability to sleep, disordered appetite. The feelings of sadness, despair and discouragement can be profound.

All these emotional symptoms are the main reason depression is usually approached as having emotional origins that require emotional approaches – psychotherapy, counseling and/ or treatment with anti-depressive drugs.

But here’s the thing: contrary to what we usually assume, depression, more often than not, has its origins in physical problems. This means that these emotional symptoms are resolved by

addressing the physical issue(s). Below is a summary of the prevalence of this symptom along with a list of the most common sources of what can only appears to be an emotional issue. If you or someone you know gets depressed, be sure to get these physical conditions checked out!

Who gets depressed?

Depression is common, affecting about 121 million people worldwide. In the United States, it’s estimated that in any given year depressive disorders are estimated to affect approximately 18.8 million American adults, or about 9.5% of the U.S. population age 18 and older.

In terms of gender, depression affects both sexes. Unfortunately, depression has had a reputation of being a women’s condition, but this is incorrect. Actually more than 6 million men in the U.S. have depression each year. The symptoms of depression in men are similar to the symptoms of depression in women. But men tend to express those symptoms differently.

How do men and women express depression differently?

In women, depression may be more likely to cause feelings of sadness and worthlessness. Depression in men, on the other hand, may be more likely to cause them to be irritable, aggressive, or hostile.

Either way, the depressed person is suffering, and those around them suffer as well. Therefore, adopting an immediate, problem-solving attitude is essential. Everyone – the depressed person, family, friends, co-workers – benefits by this ‘let’s get this resolved’ approach. Be sure to check out every one of these physically-generated causes of depression:

1. Low thyroid (T1 or T4):

Revealed by a blood test or muscle testing, this symptom can often turn around by increasing dietary intake or even supplementing with iodine along with removing all sources of exposure to fluoride, including fluoridated drinking water, toothpaste and dental sealants. Fluoride knocks iodine out of the thyroid, causing low thyroid functioning and thus leads directly to depression.

2. Low adrenals.

In the go-go modern world where people are stretched to capacity and beyond, adrenal glands get overworked constantly. Like anything else, they can only take so much, and then they start to give out. The result is low energy, low motivation and, guess what – depression!

Various stress-reduction and stress-management techniques in combination with direct support of adrenal glands with herbs often reverse this. Two of the herbs adrenal glands ‘like’ the most are Ashwaganda and Licorice. (However, don’t take Licorice long term if you have high blood pressure.)

3. Sex hormone imbalances.

Whether in men or women, sex hormones that are out of balance are major contributors to symptoms of depression. Therefore it’s always worth it to get the levels of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone (for both men and women) checked. If any are too high

or too low, they can cause depression.

4. Food intolerances.

Time and time again, I’ve seen this as a top physical cause of depression in my clients. And the biggest food intolerance of them all is wheat, followed only by lactose and then gluten. In fact, various experts estimate that 30-50% of people are gluten intolerant, while the incidence of lactose intolerance varies by race from about 5% of the population in far Northern Europeans to 95% in native African ones.

The solution is to omit these from the diet and allow the body to detox what remains – a process that takes some time. Various authors have noted that the symptoms of manic depression (bipolar disorder) and the symptoms of gluten intolerance are exactly the same, making this a crucial factor to check when depression symptoms occur.

5. Toxic metals.

Modern people are exposed to toxic metals from the dental substances in their mouths, from drinking water, food, air and more. A toxic metal body burden can produce very deep-seated and profound depression – absolute hopelessness and despair.

This is also true during a metals detoxification process, which is why it’s always essential to undertake even the diagnosis of toxic metals under the guidance of a skilled and experienced

professional. The good news is that the depression flushes right out with the metals.

6. Toxic chemicals.

These are everywhere now in the modern world. Estimates say that each individual is exposed to some 100,000 with more added daily.

A quiet study was conducted in which surgeons were asked to remove a small piece of fat from each patient while conducting the operation. These were then sent in to a central laboratory and tested for chemicals. The fat sample with the lowest number listed well over 200 toxic chemicals! For some reason the results of this study never made the headlines.

Many of these cause depression by mimicking sex hormones, where they get into the cell receptors the body’s own sex hormones should be regulating.

Just as with toxic chemicals, the services of a competent and skilled practitioner are required to detox these chemicals safely and effectively, and again, any depressive symptoms they cause disappear right along with the chemicals.

7. Infectious agents.

A great variety of infectious agents exist in the world, Among the most common forms are bacteria, viruses, yeast, molds, worms, parasites and spirochetes.

We all know what it feels like to be under the effect of these in acute situations like getting the flu for example – a depressing enough circumstance. But we can also be affected by chronic,

low-grade infections our bodies continue to fight without our ever realizing it. These wear us down, use up our resources, make us chronically tired, vulnerable to other bugs besides the ones we’ve been fighting.

The ways to discover their presence can be as varied as the bugs themselves, ranging from blood tests to stool samples to muscle tests. For anyone with chronic depression symptoms, thinking “chronic low-grade infection (or infections)” can be a productive route to address.

8. Anemia.

This is a condition of low red blood cells. No matter what the reason, the body cells, including the brain, don’t get enough oxygen when there are too few red blood cells (RBC’s) This can produce depression.

Anemia can result from loss of blood, from lack of iron in the diet, from lack of absorption of iron, from stomach ulcers, medications, colon cancer, trauma or B vitamin deficiency (see #9).

9. B vitamin deficiency.

There are many B vitamins we need for proper brain and nervous system functioning. Some of the more prominent ones in this regard include vitamin B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6 and especially B 12 and folate. Since we don’t manufacture them, we require daily dietary intake to maintain healthy levels and stay out of depression.

And we also need to diminish or entirely avoid substances that strip our bodies of these essential nutrients, including refined sugars, alcohol, caffeine and nicotine.

In many instances, what has appeared to be intractable depression is completely turned around by adequate intake of natural sources of vitamin B such as those in nutritional yeast, for example.

But don’t take synthetic B vitamins – these damage the peripheral nerve plates – those tiny little nerves at the far edges of our bodies that feed back information about what’s going on there to our brains so they can make adjustments.

10.Low blood sugar.

This condition causes depression in a manner similar to that of anemia, only in this instance the problem is not getting enough oxygen to the brain, but getting enough blood sugar to the brain. Physical problems such as diabetes, syndrome X (also called metabolic syndrome) can produce this symptom if not properly managed. Many people report their depression entirely resolved by supplementing with Inositol – another B vitamin.

11. Poor blood circulation.

Blockages, weaknesses or cramping in arteries negatively affect blood circulation and can result in depression for the same reason anemia does – not enough oxygen to the brain.

Where blockages exist, they can often be cleared by taking a proteolytic enzyme such as bromelain (from pineapples) on an empty stomach.

Blood vessel weaknesses are often strengthened by bioflavonoids. A rich food source of some kinds is found in the white membrane inside citrus peels, while the blue and purple range of fruits – blueberries, raspberries, grapes, bilberries – provides others.

12. Prescription drugs.

Last, these are becoming a greater and greater contributor to the incidence of depression, even as more and more drugs are created to treat depression.

Therefore a careful review of any and all prescription drugs is called for when anyone suffers from depression.

And that review should include not just the drug, but all ingredients the product contains, including fillers and excipients. Two of the most common ones found in modern drugs – especially generic ones – are wheat and lactose… and these are two of the major contributors to food intolerance-generated depression.

It’s always worth it to ask your pharmacist if any of the prescriptions you’ve filled can cause depression. For an online list of such drugs, search under ‘medications that cause depression.’

Of course, there’s every reason to combine the positive effects of eliminating these dirty dozen physical depression-makers with the benefits of counseling or therapy.

Identify The Hidden Links Of Depression

Depression is a complex disorder. About 30 million Americans have had at least one incidence of serious depression in their life time.

Depression can be associated with traumatic events in your life, such as loss of a loved one, stress and hormonal changes, infections, specific medicines, or drug/alcohol abuse. Recent researches have shed new lights on different causes of depression.

Depression Is Linked With Inflammation.

Anyone who has suffered a viral or bacterial infection understands what it means to feel sick. Sickness brings on fever and nausea, lack of appetite and loss of interest in physical and social surroundings. Sick people tire easily, and have deprived sleep. Additionally, they feel sad and irritable; agonize from shortened attention span and temporary memory loss.

Just as terror is normal in the face of a predator, sickness is a normal response to infection prompted by factors named inflammatory cytokines/markers created by body’s immune and inflammatory cells.

There is a growing evidence to suggest that inflammation is associated with depression. Here is some of the evidence:

–Increased levels of inflammatory cytokines can stimulate depressive behavior.

–Inflammatory cytokines can enter the brain and alter the levels of neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin in the brain.

–Amounts of inflammatory cytokines are much higher in people facing stress, anguish, sadness, and other difficult emotions.

–Higher levels of inflammatory markers preceded the beginning of depressed mood in a senior population with no psychiatric history.

–Depression is frequently connected with a variety of factors (e.g., psychosocial stress, medical illness, obesity, poor diet, diminished sleep, social isolation) that are known to result in an increase in inflammatory markers.

–Depression is a recognized complication of inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.

–Depression shares similarities with ‘sickness behavior’, a normal response to infection or inflammation.

–In cancer and hepatitis C patients receiving immunotherapy, depression appeared in up to 50% of patients.

–Neurochemical findings in autopsy studies suggest an inflammatory component to depression.

–Medications with an effect on the immune system can affect mood.

Inflammatory Cytokines Play An Essential Role In Depression

Researchers do not know why inflammatory cytokine levels are higher in depressed and anxious people. They speculate that psychological stress can change blood pressure and heart rate. These stress-related changes can lead to the production of cell signaling molecules that stimulate cytokine production. Other source of elevated inflammatory cytokines include smoking, fat-rich diet, and being overweight.

Numerous scientific observations implicate inflammatory cytokines have a key role in depression. Inflammation may trigger, aggravate, and extend depression through:

–Hyper-responsiveness to acute stress

–Weakened immune system

–Neuronal damage and neuron death

–Impaired neuron revival

–Enhanced neuronal toxic end products

Links Connecting Depression And Inflammatory Diseases

Accumulating studies have shown compelling relationships among depression and well-known inflammatory or autoimmune diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Therefore, it is important to realize inflammation as a common factor that may cause multiple health issues.

Depression is a recognized risk factor for the development of cardiovascular disease, as well as an independent predictor of poor prognosis following a heart attack. For example, patients with heart disease are three times more susceptible depression than the general population.

Stress could be a hidden trigger that causes the development of both depression and heart disease. Stress can precipitate depression by activating the nervous system, interrupting heart rhythm, increased tendency for clotting of the blood, and intensified inflammatory responses, all of which negatively influence the cardiovascular system.

Inflammation that impairs both the disease and the tendency towards depression is observed in diabetes and cancer. While negative emotions may not increase the risk of advancing diabetes or cancer, they could intensify these illnesses.

There is evidence that once you have cancer, psychological stress and depression can worsen the cancer through increased levels of inflammatory cytokines. Research proves that inflammatory cytokines can cause resistance to chemotherapy, accelerating the conversion of tumor cells into full-blown cancer. Some cytokines appear to encourage the establishment of new blood vessels that feed tumors, the key process in tumor metastasis.

Several large studies showed the evidence that patients with COPD are at an increased risk of developing depression. Despite advances in various treatments, the death rate associated with COPD has doubled in 30 years. The existence of anxiety and depression has been linked to increased death, weakened functional status, and decreased quality of life.

Of people who suffer from Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome (IBS), more than 20% have depression. Evidence also suggests depression can worsen IBS.

Links Connecting Depression And Inflammatory Skin Disorders

Depression is commonly accompanied with inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis, acne and rosacea.

Psoriasis is a hyper-proliferative inflammatory skin disease that often appears as thick, red, flaking patches. Several studies have established that depression is a widespread challenge among psoriasis sufferers, which can modify the progress of psoriasis as well as the effectiveness of treatments.

The connection between depression and acne has long been documented, especially in teenagers. Acne increases the risk of depression and suicide attempt. Depression can also exacerbate acne.

Control Of Inflammation Represents An Innovative Approach To Relieve Depression

Evidence shows that inflammatory cytokines induce not only signs of sickness, but also true disorders in susceptible individuals and physically sick patients despite the fact that they have no previous history of mental disorders.

The findings that inflammation can actually initiate depression and various chronic disorders suggest that targeting inflammatory responses could be a novel strategy to treat depression and associated health concerns. Various studies are under way to treat symptoms of depression with anti-inflammatory drugs including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Encouraging results have been achieved by inhibiting inflammatory cytokines in psoriasis and from the treatment of COX-2 inhibitors in patients with depression.

Natural Treatments For Relief of Inflammation And Depression Symptoms

For decades, NSAIDs have been widely recommended for various aspects of flu-like symptoms or sickness-related behaviors. Unfortunately, 25% of NSAIDs users encounter severe and sometimes fatal complications such as stomach ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding. The newer NSAIDs such as selective COX-2 inhibitors (Vioxx and Celebrex) have been associated with an increased risk of severe adverse cardiovascular events including heart attack and stroke.

In this scenario, the good news is that safer approaches are available. You can control depression and anxiety without the side effects of antidepressant drugs or NSAIDs! Nutrients, anti-inflammatory herbs and herbal remedies have been demonstrated to relieve depression symptoms.

By keeping inflammation under control, anti-inflammatory remedies may:

–Improve sleep and diminish headaches and anxiety

–Help rebuild the balance of nitric oxide and prostaglandins, which contributes to the severity of depression, anxiety, and sexual dysfunction

–Repair the body’s antioxidant defense

–Enhance the vascular healing and repair

–Reestablish vascular cell function and integrity

Millions of people go undiagnosed or untreated for depression. Without treatment, depression may remain for 6 months or longer, with increased occurrence and severity of episodes.

The Slayers Of Depression

Gable: I guess I miss her face most of all… she had a face which looked best without clothes. Seems her boss felt the same too. She left me for him 9 months ago, and I have been depressed ever since.

Phineas: You need to start with your name, then tell us why you are depressed and finally describe what being depressed is like for you.

Gable: Okay. My name is Gable and I am depressed. The reason I am depressed is because my wife left me for her boss. And I would describe depression as being addicted to a drug you neither crave nor want.

Group: Hi Gable, and welcome to ‘the slayers of depression’.

Benny: Hi all, my name is Benny and I am depressed. After attending the ‘Culture Building Workshop’ at work, I accused my boss of having strong body odour and vitiating the office environment with it. The company fired me, saying that I slept through the workshop and made statements without understanding what is meant by work environment. I have been unemployed for 14 months now. That plus the fact that I have started balding over the past year, has made me depressed. I would describe depression as the feeling of, buying a doughnut and realizing that someone has licked the frosting off it.

Group: Hi Benny, and welcome to ‘the slayers of depression’.

Taylor: My name is Taylor and I am depressed. The reason for my depression is that, as a child I was abused by my father. I would describe…

Phineas: Hold on Taylor. Child abuse is a serious condition that is well researched and studied. I don’t think joining this group is the right approach for you. You need to go to a psychologist.

Taylor: I have been to psychologists but they cannot treat me. They don’t seem to understand the basis of my depression. Growing up my father molested my elder and younger sister, both of them except me. That emotional abuse, made me grow up feeling rejected and unwanted.

Benny: You are depressed that you were not molested?

Phineas: Research shows that only three out of five children are abused. So, your not being abused is perfectly fine.

Taylor: But why the other two and not me? Why didn’t he want to molest me?

Phineas: I am not sure if that qualifies as a cause for depression.

Taylor: But I am depressed. And I would describe depression as the feeling of, being on the 40th floor of a 60 floor building, when the elevator is out of order. You can see the whole world from there but no one can see you. And you are stuck because you don’t have the energy to walk up to the 60th floor, to take the only emergency elevator to the ground.

Group: Hi Taylor, and welcome to ‘the slayers of depression’.

Deaton: Hi everyone, my name is Deaton and I am supposed to be depressed. A couple of months ago when my father and me were on a fishing trip, my mother sold our house. She left with the money and no intimation. After that my father had a paternity test done on me which came back negative, and so he left. A month later my dog got run over by a car. Then I found out that my boss and secretary have been embezzling from the company on my account. My friends say that I should be depressed. I don’t know if I am depressed. I am wondering if I should be depressed.

Phineas: That is not how it works. You’re either depressed or you are not. It’s like being in debt; you might have a large amount of debt or a small one. But the fact that you are in debt is always clear. That is how it is with depression.

Deaton: In that case, I guess I am a little depressed that I don’t know if I am depressed. I would describe depression as the feeling, when there is something wrong, and the wrong is that you don’t know if something is wrong, and if it is you don’t know what it is.

Phineas: I am not sure if that is a proper description…

Group: Hi Deaton, and welcome to ‘the slayers of depression’.

Kara: Hi my name is Kara and I am depressed. When I was a teenager, I got pregnant and gave my baby up for adoption. He was adopted by a couple in China…

Benny: Your baby got adopted by a couple in China? Isn’t it the other way around…

Phineas: Benny hush. We as a group will be free of any stereotypes – cultural or geographic. Please continue Kara.

Kara: That was then. Now that me and my partner are settled in life, I want my son back. But the price that they are quoting to give him back is more than what we can afford. Even both our combined incomes do not match up to that much. And I cannot keep waiting and saving…

Gable: You want to buy a baby?

Kara: Not buy. Buy back.

Deaton: But that is illegal.

Benny: Isn’t it easier to just have another baby?

Kara: Legal and illegal are just words to me. First being gay was illegal, now it is not. Then gay marriage was illegal, now it is not. The same could apply to me buying back my son. And we cannot have another baby because both me and my partner are women.

Benny: Lesbians, hot.

Phineas: Benny hush.

Kara: And I would describe depression as the feeling of, being in a game where the opposing team has no goal post and your team has no goalie.

Benny: Lesbians and sports.

Phineas: Benny hush.

Group: Hi Kara, and welcome to ‘the slayers of depression’.

Phineas: Hello everyone, my name is Phineas and I am the group conveyor. My dream right since childhood was to become an Olympic Figure Skater. I practiced for it day and night, yet the older I got the worse I got at it.

Until, the failure started making me feel suicidal. To help deal with my suicidal thoughts, I was put on medication. However prolonged use of medication, right since early adolescence, has left me with permanent erectile dysfunction. That combined with the failure of my childhood dream has made me depressed. I would describe depression as the feeling of, your heart losing its cable connection and receiving just the one national broadcast channel.

Group: Hi Phineas, and welcome to ‘the slayers of depression’.

Deaton: Isn’t atleast one person in the group supposed to be normal, or over their depression? How else are we supposed to know what to do? I mean if all of us are still depressed…

Phineas: I have been depressed for over 12 years now, and it has made me an expert on depression. That is enough. Our purpose here is to completely appreciate depression; we are not after the cure to depression.

Deaton: What is the point of that?

Phineas: As I mentioned earlier our purpose is to completely appreciate depression. And we will do that by describing depression, the more we describe it; the better we can define it; the better we can identify it; the better we can understand it. And with that understanding maybe one day overcome it.

Deaton: But why is this meeting being held in a park? And why are we having it standing up? Your website did not mention anything like this.

Phineas: I read that depressed people need to get out more and see the outdoors. And that they might lack in Vitamin D, which is absorbed through sunlight. Also that exercise is helpful in their condition. So the park is the ideal place to have this meeting.

Deaton: But standing up is not exercise.

Phineas: Still, it is better than sitting down. Anyways, now that we have introduced ourselves, I would like for all of us to offer more descriptions about depression.

Gable: Okay, I would describe depression as the feeling of, life having written you off as a bad deal.

Taylor: I would describe depression as the feeling of, needing to go on a mass murdering spree but lacking the energy to do so.

Deaton: I would describe depression as the feeling of, being emotionally constipated.

Kara: I would describe depression as the feeling, which causes sex to feel like manual labour.

Benny: Lesbian sex, hot.

Phineas: Benny hush.

Benny: I would describe depression as the feeling of, your deal with life having gone bad and you are left holding the toxic debt that your initial investment in life has become.

Taylor: That’s almost what Gable said before.

Benny: Okay. Then I would describe depression as the being choked up with emotional cholesterol.

Taylor: That’s almost what Deaton said before.

Benny: Okay. Then I would say that depression feels like the rotting of your potential.

Taylor: Potential what?

Benny: Fine. I would describe depression as screaming at people through vacant eyes.

Taylor: What does that mean?

Phineas: Taylor, we do not judge anyone here. All are allowed to describe depression in their own terms. Let’s move on. What would you say is the biggest problem with depression?

Deaton: Its invisible nature.

Gable: Bang on. There is no way of actually telling, or showing, or proving depression. I mean it could be a combination of many things or it could be nothing. You can never tell for sure.

Benny: I wish depression were like a physical disease, which can be seen, and so proved and treated.

Phineas: We will reach there Benny. What else can we say about depression?

Taylor: Depression is thought to be a normal condition in women, as if it’s a biological problem.

Gable: And that’s what makes it worse for men. First of all being depressed, and then feeling depressed about being depressed, because depression is a woman’s disease.

Kara: What do you mean a woman’s disease? Anyone can be depressed, even children.

Phineas: What else can we say about depression?

Gable: I think opening up and talking about it seems to help. Guess that is one of the reasons why all of us are here.

Phineas: Yes depression like vomit must be fully expelled. To retain either of them inside in any amount, only has bad consequences in the future.

Benny: Talking expels it out?

Phineas: Exactly. Silence is the colostrum on which depression fattens and grows.

Deaton: Vomit… Colostrum… Is this a registered support group? Are you trained in any way at all?

Phineas: If we had chairs here, would you have still have those concerns?

Taylor: Yeah, is there anything you are not uncertain about Deaton?

Gable: But they say lonely people are prone to depression, then who will they talk to already being lonely? Or is it that depressed people become lonely, because they don’t talk to people.

Phineas: If you are depressed, interesting people will steer clear of you, because depression makes one a dull person. That leaves only the boring people, and being depressed you won’t have the mental fortitude to bear up talking to them, and so avoid them. Thus depressed people cannot talk to anyone. That’s my theory of why depressed people become lonely.

Taylor: Nobody avoids someone with cancer. Then why do they avoid people with depression? As if it’s something contagious which they might catch.

Phineas: Depression being contagious that could be an interesting theory.

Benny: Yeah, what if I got depression because someone infected me with it? It’s not like I was born depressed, it had to come from somewhere. Maybe depression is an invisible transmissible physical force, like gravity maybe.

Deaton: Depression is not a physical force. It has nothing in common with gravity. And I am certain of that Taylor.

Benny: Sure it has. You can’t see gravity can you? You can only show gravity. It’s the same with depression.

Gable: Gravity just exists. What do you mean show gravity?

Gable: Why the hell did you push me down?

Phineas: Benny behave yourself.

Benny: I did not push you down. I merely pushed you, which unbalanced you, which enabled gravity to pull you down. There I showed you gravity.

Gable: He is not depressed, he is a retard.

Taylor: Gable stop dusting yourself. I don’t think that it’s just mud.

Gable: What do you mean?

Kara: Yeah, mud does not smell so decomposing. I think something was buried in the mud there.

Gable: What, what smell?

Kara: I remember that smell from when I was a young mother…

Benny: Depression, depression could also be a smell, the smell of depression. Like a tired stink filling up under your skin.

Deaton: Depression is just a state of mind. It has no physical dimensions.

Benny: But it could. That is what I am saying. Depression could be a force that has physical dimensions, like gravity.

Gable: No it could not. Depression is a debilitating state of mind. Not a physical force. Because depression could be dealt with medication, but there is no cure for gravity.

Benny: Oh yeah, why don’t you ask an astronaut?

Gable: Because I don’t need to, you ass-trout.

Phineas: Keep it civil guys. In this group we will be respectful of each other at all times. Benny, describe depression then.

Benny: As sadness… tiredness… feeling stuck.

Phineas: Not the medical description, the physical force description.

Deaton: That is not the medical description of depression.

Benny: I would describe depression as the feeling where, one has shit their pants and the world is out of toilet paper and water, so you just have to sit there with the stink.

Kara: Are you just saying that because of the smell from Gable’s pants?

Gable: What, what smell?

Taylor: Yeah, that is not a description of any kind.

Benny: Okay then, you explain it Miss Freud.

Taylor: It’s your dumbass theory, so you explain it.

Phineas: Keep it civil guys. In this group we will be respectful of each other at all times. Benny, tell us what you mean by depression having physical dimensions.

Benny: Like I was saying, the world’s understanding of depression could be wrong. The way they approach and study it could be wrong. Its cause might be Newtonian not Freudian.

Deaton: There is no such thing as Newtonian.

Benny: But in this case there might be. Depression might be like a physical vector.

Gable: Depression might be an emotional vector at best, never a physical one.

Benny: Depression is the devils marijuana.

Gable: As opposed to whose marijuana?

Benny: The angels marijuana.

Gable: One more idiotic description from your mouth Benny, and you will feel my fist send a physical vector aimed at your face.

Phineas: Keep it civil guys. Respect each other.

Kara: This is going nowhere.

Taylor: All we seem to be doing is describe depression.

Kara: Yes and my feet hurt.

Deaton: Depression is not an invisible physical force. All of us have some sort of reason why we think we feel depressed.

Taylor: Why did you look at me when you said “some sort of reason”? That too from you, who doesn’t even know if he is depressed.

Deaton: All I am saying is that there are extraneous reasons to being depressed, like setbacks tragedies etc. Benny was right in saying that no baby is born depressed.

Phineas: Okay, we all know that. Then what?

Deaton: Maybe we should think about how some people cope with it and bounce back, while some others to continue sitting in the stink.

Gable: There is no smell or stink.

Benny: So then there might be two factors. The external force one, and an internal factor. And when someone has both factors they become depressed.

Gable: There is no external force.

Kara: It could vary from person to person too. My friend from high school got pregnant twice and gave up the babies for adoption. And she is fine and not depressed in the least.

Phineas: Yes, we all know that there is an internal component. The external factor is only the trigger. Like Kara said, the same tragedy can affect two people differently, with one being depressed and one being unaffected. Or, one becoming slightly depressed and recovering and the other never recovering. That is known. But I think what Benny has been saying is that, ‘the internal something’ which makes some people depressed, that might be externally acquired.

Gable: So you are saying that there might be an ‘external force’ which makes people weak minded, and when the event trigger acts on them they become depressed? That is not just a matter of an external trigger acting on a genetically strong or weak mind?

Taylor: Who are you calling weak minded?

Benny: Exactly.

Gable: Exactly what? Are you saying that I called depressed people weak minded, or that you agree with my theory.

Benny: Both.

Deaton: It cannot be both. They are mutually exclusive. Plus your theory was different.

Kara: What if it is the duration of the external trigger? Maybe when one faces only an abrupt external problem it is manageable but when one faces a sustained external problem, it becomes unmanageable causing depression.

Phineas: No. Now you are defining stress and strain, and triggering external event and continuous external environment. Next you will talk about the intensity of the external trigger or environment, and permutations and combinations of all of them. All that has been discussed before by others and found to be inadequate. That is not why we are here. We are here to appreciate depression.

Kara: Why can’t I appreciate depression like this?

Taylor: Yeah, who made you the grand Puba of appreciating depression?

Phineas: Because I say so; because it is my support group; because I am the conveyor; and because it is my theory to fully appreciate depression to cure it.

Deaton: And 12 years was not sufficient enough time for you to appreciate and cure it?

Phineas: I didn’t come up with this theory as soon as I got depressed, smarty pants. It took years of trial and error, to come up this theory.

Kara: We are here to be free of depression. Not to be guinea pigs to test your theory out on.

Phineas: Come on guys. Let’s be respectful of each other. We seem to have gone off track. I apologise for my side of it. Let’s get back to appreciating depression.

Gable: External force or not, energy seems to be a big part of depression. Rather the lack of it, I mean.

Taylor: The nature of the external trigger could also be the factor, whether the setback is a reversible one or an irreversible one. People might recover from the depression caused by the reversible factor, but might be unable to leave their depression if the setback is irreversible…

Phineas: Taylor, we are done with that aspect. Please let Gable continue, he is saying something new about the energy and depression relation.

Taylor: You don’t want me to participate or ever involve me.

Phineas: It’s not that. All are welcome to participate. We just don’t want to hear that
theory anymore.

Taylor: Okay. Maybe depression is so hard to treat because, like the common cold there could be many types of depression. And the effects of various types of depression, on various types of minds could vary. And also what if someone is affected with more than one type of depression at the same time?

Phineas: No Taylor. Please let Gable finish describing his idea first.

Taylor: You are rejecting me again. Everyone rejects me.

Phineas: No we are not.

Taylor: Yes you are. I hate you!

Phineas: Taylor please be civil.

Taylor: Go slay yourself! I will not be civil. I am just as depressed as the rest of you, and I have just as much right to be socially callous as the rest of you.

Phineas: Okay. Gable continue, describe what you were saying about energy and depression.

Gable: Lack of energy is a strong element of depression. For example, depression could be described as the feeling of your whole house being on fire, and you are unable to care about anything beyond the ice cream in the fridge melting.

Deaton: Yeah, like being pushed onto the path of an oncoming train; and hoping that you don’t survive; because if you do; you don’t have the energy or will to get up.

Benny: That is true. These days while brushing my teeth, I feel so tired, that I need to take a break for a few minutes; and then go back to finish it.

Phineas: So you are saying that depression eats up energy.

Gable: It’s more like depression crowds up your insides so much that, there is no place for energy.

Kara: Or rather, there is nothing you can do with your energy, which will cause you to have more positive energy. And you are running out of your total energy.

Benny: How is that different from what I said before about getting negative returns on your investment?

Deaton: It’s not. Depression is like quicksand to your energy. It slowly gobbles away your energy; and the more energy you expend to try to escape from it the deeper you end up in it; and the only way to escape, is by being dragged out by a force of energy stronger than the force of depression.

Taylor: That proves nothing new. It’s just an amalgamation of the previous theories. Mine was a new theory about different types of depression.

Phineas: Hold on Taylor, let us finish discussing this one first.

Taylor: Stop rejecting me!

Phineas: Taylor, please calm down and behave yourself.

Taylor: Stop telling me how to behave. I hate this group!

Benny: When you say energy, energy comes from the heart. So maybe it’s not the head that the external force acts on. Maybe it acts on the heart, causing lack of energy, leading to depression. So maybe cardiologists should look to treat depression, not psychologists.

Phineas: The heart… That could be something. Elaborate and describe your theory Benny.

Kara: This is still going nowhere. I don’t see how continuously trying to describe depression like this, will help me.

Phineas: Patience Kara, patience. This approach is slow but methodical, and so bound to succeed one day.

Kara: One day? I can’t wait that long. I might as well try medication.

Benny: Yeah, the only reason I showed up is because I cannot afford pills, and this
group is free.

Phineas: Pills are not the solution to depression, pills are the enemy.

Gable: Why are pills the enemy?

Phineas: Because of the half-life of depression. No one knows what causes depression; or its effects; or how long it is supposed to last; or what cures it. You could keep taking pills and never feel better or maybe one day start feeling better. But if you do, how do you concretely know what cured you? The pills; or a gradual change in the external environment; or a slow sustained increase in mental ability to deal with it?

Deaton: Well, it may be due to the pills or maybe due to something else, but atleast you get cured.

Phineas: Yeah, but what if the depression returns? Or what if it was indeed cured by something else? Then what is the point of taking pills? And what of the side effects of the pills? No this approach is better for a healthy lasting solution.

Gable: How does this help us? This could go on for who knows how long, and we might not have the wherewithal to last until then. You claimed to have a radical new approach to solve depression, but all you seem to be doing is push an anti-pill agenda.

Taylor: Yeah, how exactly are we slaying depression here?

Phineas: It’s not an anti-pill agenda. The agenda is to appreciate depression.

Deaton: Then why call the group ‘the slayers of depression’? You might as well have named it ‘the appreciators of depression’.

Phineas: We appreciate in order to slay.

Deaton: This is bogus. Listening to the theories here, I could even say that knowledge of depression is what causes depression. I was doing quite fine until I was told that I might be depressed, so if I hadn’t been told, I could have been non-depressed now.

Phineas: There is no such thing as non-depressed. You might have been normal, yes. But your case is weird. You yourself are not completely sure if you are depressed.

Deaton: Of course I am depressed. If I was not depressed, how could I describe depression so accurately?

Phineas: Your descriptions were about as accurate and effective, as buckling in the seat belt on an empty car seat.

Gable: Again with the descriptions.

Benny: Okay. I would describe depression as the feeling, when the world has reduced you to becoming just the janitor of your life. One who lives in a secret room in his head, away from himself.

Taylor: Again makes no sense.

Kara: Seriously…

Taylor: I am leaving.

Phineas: Taylor hold on. This method is bound to succeed.

Deaton: I am leaving too.

Phineas: Guys, we can make it work.

Benny: Yeah, I am out too.

Phineas: Guys please, this is just our first meeting, things will get better.

Kara: Just a waste of time. I am done with this.

Phineas: We will succeed eventually…

Gable: Yeah this is pointless. Let’s leave.

Phineas: Guys…

Phineas: You are not leaving… great.

Benny: Unemployed, I got nowhere else to be and nothing else to do.

Phineas: Good, stay. Deaton you?

Deaton: I lost my house, my mom, my dad, my dog, and my colleagues are no good. Where do I go?

Phineas: Stay, we are all friends here. Gable?

Gable: I would leave, but it took so much damn effort and energy to leave home and come here, that it seems a waste to go back right now.

Taylor: Yeah, so tired. If not I swear, I would have left.

Phineas: Stay, this will be of help. Kara you are staying too?

Kara: I am just too damn tried, to even attempt huffing out of here. Plus my feet hurt.

Phineas: Good. Great that all you guys are staying back.