Since the passing of my one of my favorite comedians and actors Robin Williams, I am tired of hearing “depression” being called a “disease”. It is not a “disease”. Further, I am really tired of hearing some people referring to suicide so negatively. Through my personal experiences, and through my research studies, I have found that despair, distress, depression, and even suicide, are understandable psychological reactions to the stress and violent distortions of the modern world.
So many of us have tried numerous methods to treat our downs, including our “despairs”, “distresses”, “depressions”, and “other issues”. Searching for the root issues such as recovering from anger, trauma, and grief are just a few examples. Those of us who have suffered from “distress” are usually highly aware and sensitive. Some of us are creatively gifted and intuitive. Thus, we find it difficult to feel “normal” in a society that places value on things that are leading humanity and the environment to destruction. We also find it difficult to connect with others on a personal level because we are disheartened by the amount of greed, cruelty, injustice, destruction, and abuse that goes on in this hostile world. Because of this awareness, we are simply so surprised that others are living in denial and have the ability to just ignore these issues and continue living in indifference.
I agree with Deep Ecologists and with Dr. Stephan Harding as he says “I think if you don\’t get depressed, you need to see a therapist…I mean on this issue. There is something wrong with you if you are not profoundly saddened or depressed by the state of things at the moment. You need help to work out why you are not depressed. Not enough people are depressed…many people are in denial.” Dr Stephan Harding – Gaia Theory & Deep Ecology