4 thoughts on “Can You Absolutely See the Warning Signs of Depression

  • June 11, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Depression is not an illness. There are NO scientific or medical proof that it is.Depressed people are intelligent because they have a good insight. Meaning that they can analyze themselves.
    They are also very creative with a high level of energy. The problem is that they repress this energy. They implode instead of exploding.
    Depression is an emotional disorder.

    • June 11, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      Thank you Dr Roland Bessis

      I should of rounded this blog post out a little more. I was looking over your website and I found your tow part approach to be a great resource. Many times here locally many peers “people” are lucky if they can get meds or or treatment that is not court ordered. But with new changes that take effect this month I believe that providers will finally treat mental health the same as physical health.

      I would like to quot a part of you site that I think really drive you comment home:
      Clinical Depression is a pathological process characterised as follows:

      Depressed mood (Sadness or emptiness) is often continuous and pervasive
      There is an increasing impairment of normal functioning (work, school, and intimate relationships).
      There is an irrational or exaggerated erosion of self-esteem.
      There is a dramatic and specific change in vegetative patterns (e.g., sleep, appetite, sex drive, etc.) and the appearance of non-specific physical complaints.
      In contrast to grief, the patient is often puzzled as to why he is depressed.

      The diagnosis is posed, the treatment is then conducted at two levels:
      Medication management-anti-depressant medicines are prescribed by psychiatrists
      Psychotherapy: conducted by psychologists.

      Varied research studies show the best outcome of treatment occurs when we realise a combination of the two above approaches.

      Medication reduces and ultimately suppresses the symptoms. Psychotherapy treats the emotional disturbance and the root of the problem.

      Someone who is treated only by medication would improve his level of functioning because of the reduction of symptoms. But the underlying emotional problem is still not treated and the person could have a rebound of the symptoms as soon as the medication is reduced or interrupted. Additionally, the drugs are powerful and have various side effects because they affect the chemistry of the brain.

      With the help of Psychotherapy combined with the medication, the patient improves which makes the drugs less and less necessary.

    • May 29, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      It’s so true, Dr.Roland Bessis! I try to explain to others this fact, for years. They do not want to listen. It’s much easier to blame and isolate the different one that to accept that it’s something you know less. I’m a depressive person and I know that I see and understand faster the ”problems”. I didn’t imagine that thinking on two levels in the same time will cause me such a trouble. I always connect the theory with the practical experience, witch is another kind of apprentice. I am analytical and intuitive. What is wrong with it? What is wrong with you, people?
      I am just emotional tired! I know that I am not sick, that I have not a mental illness. I am just me, Rodica, a victim of a mind limited society. I just feel sorry for it!

  • December 30, 2018 at 9:38 am

    Dr Bessis I have severe depression, yes diagnosed and I can assure you that I have never had a lot of energy nor am I very creative. Never have been, so how can you lump everyone in one basket?
    Also with mental health disorders, One’s wellbeing may be severely affected requiring medical intervention which then makes it very plausible to call it an ‘illness’. I am not well and no it isn’t bacterial or viral (that we know of yet in this day and age) but to shout that mental health disorders are not an illness seems to be rather short sighted and shows a complete lack of understanding of how One feels during a severe depressive state.
    My wellbeing has been compromised, my mind is not working properly therefore it is ill.


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