There are, they say, more benefits from the blues. Being sad can leave victims stronger, better able to cope with life’s challenges, and can lead to great achievements.
And their claims may stack up historically with Sir Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln, Sir Isaac Newton and Beethoven all suffering from some form of depression.
A growing number of psychiatrists are now questioning whether doctors and drug companies are too keen to treat the condition with pills that may have side effects and also harm the evolution of human emotion.
Professor Jerome Wakefield, of New York University, said: ‘When you find something this deeply in us biologically you presume it was selected because it had some advantage – otherwise we wouldn’t have been burdened with it. We’re fooling around with part of our biological make-up.’
Marissa at depression introspection asks the reasonable question, is this just applicable to the “blues” or clinical depression as well? I personally think it’s all the same. Clinical depression is the blues gone out of control because we as a society have not learned how to cope. I again direct you to Jayme’s recovery story. There is no doubt she was way beyond the “blues.” But the system pathologizes us and makes us believe we are pathetic and defective and therefore will never get better, creating a self-fulfilling prophesy by our own belief in the system.