[Noisebridge-discuss] [hackerspaces] Please reach out

William Sargent will.sargent at gmail.com
Tue Nov 22 14:46:54 PST 2011


On Nov 22, 2011, at 1:59 PM, Christina Olson wrote:

> I just want to make a point, about depression-
> 
> Not all depressed people are equal in their depression.  There are a
> range of emotional issues, including but not limited to depression,
> that people can display, often at the same time.  The person whose
> depression can be mitigated by a nice walk, some exercise and cleaning
> their room, is NOT the same as the person whose depression requires
> medication or serious therapy to overcome. The person whose depression
> is a result of being in a rut, being broken up with, losing their job
> or the like, is NOT the same as the person whose depression is an
> expression of their inability to cope with some past abuse or trauma.
> The plan of action that makes one person buck up and sort their shit
> may have the effect on another of further pushing them towards self
> harm or sucidal ideation.  There is no one size fits all "cure" for
> depression.
> 
> Please don't take this as me disagreeing that exercise etc are good
> things to do; they are.  There is a range of root causes for
> depression, and often the people who are not exhibiting outward signs
> or hiding the depth of their internal states are the most in need of
> help from others.

Yes; this isn't going to help with clinical depression.  Reading David Foster Wallace is a good way to get the distinction -- true, absolute depression is very different from dysphoria.

Will.


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