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Feeling Sad Or Depressed Is Not A Psychiatric Disorder

Feeling Sad Or Depressed Is Not A Psychiatric Disorder

The reasons a person can become depressed are too numerous to list. Sometimes specific situations such as the loss of a loved one or some other tragic events trigger the depression. Some times people feel depressed because their bodies don’t work properly. Depression is a normal response to death or loss, not a psychiatric disorder warranting medication.

The painful feelings represent the depth of our love for the person lost. To dampen those feelings does a disservice to the loved one and to the person who suffered the loss and needs to grieve. My grandmother died more than 30 years ago. She and I were close and her death was extremely painful to me. It still is. It took me a long time to stop crying every day. Even now as I write of her my eyes fill with tears. I don’t cry because I am depressed but because I loved her and miss her dearly. My tears symbolize the strength of those feelings and the extent to which I treasure the time we had together.

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Studies have found that crying can be healthy for us and not crying can be harmful. When I think of my grandmother now I don’t feel depression but a mixture of pleasurable memories and painful loss, and with that, the tears come. They are a more complex response than what the term “depression” can explain away.

IF YOU OR YOUR CHILD IS ALREADY TAKING A PSYCHIATRIC DRUG, DO NOT STOP IT ABRUPTLY. ALWAYS DISCONTINUE IT SLOWLY AND UNDER A DOCTOR’S SUPERVISION!

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Dr. Mary Ann Block

Dr. Mary Ann Block is Medical Director of The Block Center, an international clinic for the treatment of chronic health problems in children and adults. She is an international expert on the treatment of ADHD without psychiatric drugs. Her approach is to look for and treat the underlying problem instead of covering the symptoms with drugs.

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