Tuesday June 8, 2010 | Depression & The Economy

June 4, 2010 at 11:44 am | Posted in Coming Up | 9 Comments

In the current economy, Americans are affected by a lot of challenges and demands on their lives every day. This stress can lead to depression. So how do we cope in challenging times and preserve our mental health? We’ll talk about depression and the economy- how to prevent it, recognize it and how to handle it if it occurs.
Ellis Fields
– Executive Director, Mental Health Association of Central Carolinas
Angela Oakes – Works in the financial industry and suffers from depression
Jenny Proudfoot MA, Licensed Professional Counselor, Awakenings Counseling Services

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  1. Kudos on a critical topic. Many thanks to Ms. Oakes for speaking out. It is a scary thing to do and I am grateful to you.

  2. People who take dangerous prescriptions to escape justified environmental depression are truly crazy. Depression is justified in this dismal deteriorating environment. Anyone who can’t see the structural violence and repression is in denial. Medication was projected as a means of societal control by both Aldous Huxley and George Orwell, and here it is. The first thing I ask any new doctor is what type mood enhancers they are using. Most of them are using and are candid about it. Doctoring is a depressing job in the USA. That the physician accepts the remedy given patients has both a positive and negative side, mostly negative.

    A better treatment than drugs is lifestyle and outlook change. I have been through several in the last decade. It is a struggle to find wholesome reliable companions but worth the effort. If you think you’re too poor to change just deduct that potential pharma and treatment bill (deductibles) from your budget. This society cannot improve until we go on strike against temporary bandaid, self-destructive remedies. Decent jobs in a wholesome setting at fair wages would cure 95% of mental illness. Don’t feel inadequate or inferior but demand your human and civil rights. You will serve others along with your own long term interests.

    • “A better treatment than drugs is lifestyle and outlook change.”


    • “Depression is justified in this dismal deteriorating environment.”

      Good point. Morale is definitely very low in the USA at the moment, the lowest I’ve ever noticed in my 27 years on this Earth. Not sure how we’ll turn this around anytime soon without throwing off the shackles of this strictly ‘business civilization’ we have all become trapped in (see my below comment).

      • We’re spoiled rotten. We have got it made in the shade with a glass of lemonade. Mental health is one thing but low morale is another. Open your eyes. We are all blessed to be living in America at this point in history.

  3. A lot of modern Americans are depressed because this nation has morphed in to a strictly ‘business civilization’ with little time and room for leisure and the better things in life. Money has in many cases become a stand-in for ‘culture’ in this nation. It is a definitely a depressing state of affairs for nearly all involved. People should not and cannot live merely for money and work alone.

    Primitive bands of hunter-gatherers thousands of years had a more leisurely and I daresay fulfilling life than a lot of modern Americans who are so concerned with the endless inanities money, time, and status-climbing.

    “Turning to consumption, as the grand end which justifies the evil of modern labor, we find that we have been deceived. We have more time in which to consume, and many more products to be consumed. But the tempo of our labors communicates itself to our satisfactions, and these also become brutal and hurried. The constitution of the natural man probably does not permit him to shorten his labor-time and enlarge his consuming-time indefinitely. He has to pay the penalty in satiety and aimlessness. The modern man has lost his sense of vocation.” – http://xroads.virginia.edu/~MA01/White/anthology/agrarian.html

  4. Realist has mastered applied anthropological research at 27. Most professors still don’t get it at age 40. Gregg may be spoiled: let him speak for himself. He is a noted composer and horse farmer with great hobbies. Most of us will never share his luck. He can unravel his history and celebrate sound choices others will never enjoy. You can’t help but like his optimism.

    • Thanks Mr. Howard but the only “luck” I’ve had is being born in America. That has allowed me to dream big and work very hard to make some of it happen. You don’t know the half of it, maybe one day I’ll tell you about the historic bridge I read about in the Charlotte Observer in Jan. 2005 that we’re getting (free and delivered) later this summer. It was a pipe dream that is coming to fruition. Maybe we could do lunch? I’ll pop.

  5. I have the great honor and privilege to work in the same department as Angela. She is an amazing person of strong character that went through some really rough times in her life and pulled through. Now she shares these experiences with the hopes to helping people.

    My brother has a laundry list of ailments and if it weren’t for Angela, not only would I not understand his issues, I’d have continued treating him as an outcast. She helped me get past the hump of ignorance and gave me tolerance and acceptance of my brother’s condition.

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