Despair and Depression: Root Cause – Hormones

January 19th, 2013 by Michael Tabor

Wow!!! For anyone who has ever suffered from severe depression, the movie to see is “Helen.” I’m stating the obvious when I say that the film is not an uplifting movie nor is it for everyone; I see that “Rotten Tomatoes” has rated it 33% out of a possible 100% – not very good at the box office, but that’s beside the point, everyone knows I hate mainstream features. Wow, what remarkably credible performances by both  Ashley Judd and also the supporting actress (don’t know her name) who played Mathilda – it must have been draining and exhausting – my God !
I’m not going to do a movie review and because this is a blog, I am not going to delve very deeply on all of the reasons why a person may become clinically depressed, but rather I’m going to write a little something looking through one miniscule lens; goes without mention,one would have to write a tome in order to shed any light  on such a perplexing, complicated, and misunderstood disease such as clinical depression.

Why was she depressed, one may ask ? The protagonist in the film, “Helen” had everything – she was attractive, intelligent, had a great job, she was musically gifted, married to a wonderfully supportive and loving husband, was upper middle class and financially secure, had a beautiful daughter, etc.

David Foster Wallace – real life, celebrated novelist and professor committed suicide on September 12, 2008 at the age of 46. He had it all one would think – fame, money, genius (and I mean genius, no one since James Joyce could even come close to David). Why would he throw away a life, his own, when he had what most of us can only dream and fantasize about. David also had drug and alcohol problems which is not unlike throwing gasoline on fire – but addiction and depression go hand in hand, sisters … self- medication. David Foster Wallace suffered from suicidal depression his entire adult life and when his loved ones begged him to LIVE – his response: (my words, but the essence of what David said) you’re asking me to refrain from jumping out of a house that is on fire and engulfing me – suffocating me, drowning me… I can’t explain.

My favorite book of all on the topic of depression was also written by another famous novelist, William Styron, ‘Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness’ Yes, that is correct, the same guy who wrote the best – selling, and book – turned – into  – movie ‘Sophie’s Choice’ became suicidally – depressed interestingly after he could no longer tolerate “drinking socially” – suddenly and abruptly making him violently ill, by the way. This little  book (maybe 100 + pages) encapsulated “WHAT” depression is, which can really only be conveyed via metaphor because it’s such a fishy affliction.

I have been studying and researching the causes and reasons for this crazy, irrational sort of illness for a long time. I believe that depression is neuronal & hormonal (I am not dismissing talk and cognitive therapy) and a physical disease that only medication and even under extreme circumstances, perhaps shock treatment, can cure.

WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ? I am not a doctor, this is a blog and my opinion of course, so…  I hope this prodigiously serious illness isn’t misinterpreted as glib and facile – because I know what it’s like.   And Watch that movie!!! It’s the real thing and shouldn’t be 33%.

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3 Responses to “Despair and Depression: Root Cause – Hormones”

  1. Michael Tabor Says:

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    Michael Tabor to note: Men go through neuronal, hormonal changes too – adolescence, mid – life, etc. Depression is an affliction

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    Deb Van Walsum I think more men go through a Man-o-pause than anyone would like to admit. I have seen my male friends become despondent and emotionally lost due to fluctuating hormones. Have your hormone levels checked guys. There is help for this. As for lifetime debilitating depression: I have seen this too and it is a very hard thing for anyone to deal with – whether you suffer from it or you are the friend/family member watching the suffering. It is an illness that requires a multi-faceted approach. Very difficult. Good blog entry Mike!…See More

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    Michael Tabor Thanks Deb & excellent advice. I have had episodes of the “Noonday Demon” and have been on an SSRI for about 5 years – it basically saved my life, I’m incredibly lucky. There are so many other people i.e. family members, friends… who are a lot worse .than I ever was and they are trying to find the right medication -, whcih is a bitch because everybody is different. There are so many variables to consider (as I indicated in the blog) a lot of neurotransmitters – serotonin, neuropinephrine, GABA, etc. But, the point is – DON’T be stubborn and SEE a doctor… you shouldn’t have to suffer – there’s nothing to be ashamed of. YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

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  2. Michael Tabor Says:

    Michael Tabor You know what’s another great book, if you really want to research and understand this debilitating illness is Andrew Soloman’s ‘The Noonday Demon” I learned so much from that atlas (which is what it is. There are just reams of information but if you’re not a speed reader, it will take months to read. And, it goes without saying when you’re in a middle of a serious depression you can’t read, so it’s a battle.

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  3. Kellye Marsh Says:

    Very interesting points you have remarked, regards for posting . “Pleasure and love are the pinions of great deeds.” by Charles Fox.

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