Depression, Prozac Nation, George Orwell and Becoming Your Own Therapist….

taken from the blog

“Never again will you be capable of ordinary human feeling. Everything will be dead inside you. Never again will you be capable of love, or friendship, or joy of living, or laughter, or curiosity, or courage, or integrity. You will be hollow. We shall squeeze you empty and then we shall fill you with ourselves.”
Above is a quote from George Orwells book 1984. The state that he is describing is one similar to deep depression.

The “we” that he is talking about in the context of this article is our own attitude not the states!  When depression strikes it can feel ultimate.  As though never again will we recover.  It feels as though a light has been turned off inside for good.  Recovery seems impossible unless a miracle occurs like Elizabeth Wurtzel describes in her book written in 1997 – Prozac Nation:

“If only my life could be more like the movies. I want an angel to sweep down to me like he does to Jimmy Stewart in “That’s a Wonderful Life” and talk me out of suicide. I’ve always waited for that moment of truth to set me free and change my life forever. But he won’t come. It doesn’t happen that way.”

Alas this doesn’t happen – the solution seems to be outside of us is some form or another.

Over 31 million people in the UK take anti-depressants. That’s is a lot of medication swilling around in the waters.  Recently experts (?) are finally discovering that perhaps this medication isn’t that effective.

The experts are starting to see that softer therapies maybe the option. Well just having someone listen to you for a start is a help! GP’s don’t have the time anymore, there is someone else behind you. One dear friend of mine upon loosing her father went to the doctor out of desperation.  One of the first things that he said to her was “do you want some tablets.”

In times of trouble many people turn to a faith for support.  They go along to a meeting or group and find comfort – if they agree with the majority. You can trade in your ability to think rationally so that you will receive acknowledgment and support.

Those with money may pay a therapist to get them back on track – its a big business.

What you find if you practice meditation is that you find strength within – you can become your own therapist – your medication is meditation.  There is no charge, no side affects and only positive results. With skillful training you can diagnose and empower yourself to change by changing your mind and attitude.  The results may not come as immediate as taking a pill. They will however come if you believe in change.

The words ‘never again’ that are quoted from Orwells’ 1984 dissolve away.