Depression and Anxiety: The New Explanation
Erasmus : These 2 conditions are amongst the most common psychiatric disorders suffered by human beings. We have made vast inroads in the treatment of depression. Depression has become a much more “acceptable” diagnosis. We have developed a number of support organisations such as the Black Dog Institute to help sufferers. We have developed a number of anti-depressant medications to help sufferers.
The Black Dog creeps into our lives.
DR Xxxxx : Consequently we are very accepting of people developing depression. We are very aware of the treatment of this condition. If anything we have begun to diagnose it far too often. People suffering from chronic fatigue will be diagnosed as having a depression even if they say that they are not depressed.
Anxiety is a more difficult disorder for doctors to accept. Doctors will prescribe antidepressants for anxiety. These medications do have some effect on this condition. However many doctors are very reticent in prescribing benzodiazepine such as diazepam (Valium or Antenex), or such as oxazepam (Murelax or Serepax). There is something medico socially unacceptable about the prescription of benzodiazepine medications for patients with anxiety.
Erasmus : This page introduces depression, bipolar disorder and seasonal affective disorder.
In the medical world these conditions are regarded as acts of nature. They happen for no reason that is apparent at all.
DR Xxxxx : However there is a new theory which proposes that depression and anxiety are conditions of the brain. They occur when the immune system damages the brain in its activity in controlling specific complex brain infections. It hence proposes that depression and anxiety happen for a reason – an organic biomechanical event triggered by infection and immune system within the body. There is no act of God. There is no act of nature.
The new theory proposes also that antidepressants are simply symptom patch ups. If the condition is not treated properly, it will progress. The patient’s memory, cognitive abilities, concentration and much intellectual function will be compromised along with their psychological ability to function.
You can get better – but you need to know what you are doing and why.
Many symptoms, have become so ingrained in a person’s life, that they are not even reported to doctors.
Why do humans have so many ailments that need medical attention, often lifelong? A dog by contrast may look a little down for a few seconds, but then will bounce back happy again with just a single call of his master's voice. Why are humans different?
Kinkajou: What is a Depression, Really?
DR Xxxxx : Depression occurs at any age and the current medical opinion is that there is no known cause. Some people experience terrible stresses and adverse events in their lives and recover well. Other people seem to fall apart and cannot recover their drive and enthusiasm for life in the long-term. Everyone has bad things happen in their life, but for depressed people the bad times seem to become magnified and become a prominent feature in their lives. ;-|
So the question becomes, "Why do some people become depressed and some people do not" ?
There is no answer to this in the standard medical model. These things just happen, although everyone who is depressed finds something to be depressed about.
Strangely, many people with the same adverse events in their lives, do not become depressed, although they may become very unhappy about their circumstances.
The Paill Spectrum model suggests that there are clinical symptoms and blood tests that will indicate who may be about to undergo a depression.
The Paill Spectrum model also predicts how people may take a prolonged period of time without treatment before they recover from their depression.
The Paill Spectrum model further says that these clinical signs and blood tests can be used to plot recovery.
Finally, without adequate treatment of the underlying risk factors that have triggered the illness, there are likely to be recurring depressive events.(According to the Paill Spectrum model of depression).
The testing checklist
Kinkajou: Some friends get a Bit of Anxiety with my Depression. Is "Anxiety" Related to Depression? Can you predict who is likely to be depressed?
DR Xxxxx : There is no answer to this in the standard medical model. Everyone is at risk of depression at some stage of their life. If you have been depressed before, you are likely to be depressed again. These things just happen.
The Paill Spectrum model says that depressions happen for a reason. There are specific disease processes occurring in the body that will lead to the triggering of a depression.
Long-term, perhaps over decades, other complications will occur which are predicted by the Paill Spectrum model, but which in the standard model have nothing to do with depression.