You have made some excellent points that I have no real answer for, as I am not a clinical or experimental psychologist. However, I believe you missed my caveat. Take what I am saying with a hefty grain of salt, too. Just 'cuz I posted to k5 doesn't mean that I know what the fuck I'm talking about. Of *course* I can be wrong.
Sorry for being overly dramatic, but what if a depressed reader of your post wound up killing himself because he took your advice rather than getting the professional help that could have saved him?
I sound like a cold-ass motherfucker here, but too bad. If anyone was intensely stupid enough to take the advice of *one* post to a relatively low traffic news and discussion site seriously and had the impulse to act upon that advice, that person obviously had very, very deep problems, and it's not my place to judge their method of exit. Too bad. That sucks. End of my stress.
Out of curiosity, do you feel that homosexual people should just "change" by way of willpower?
Oh, whatever. This isn't Godwin's Law, but close. Two questions:
Where the fuck did this non-sequitur come from? There was no mention in my original post about homosexuality.
Did you possibly think that this snide aside (cool! alliteration!) would get you the 5 you so rightly deserve? You, sir or madam, have earned a glorious 1 from me, mainly because you have introduced something not even included in the first posting, but also because you are attempting to make me appear to be anti-homosexual.
Now I shall address the remainder of your comment. I made it clear in my original post that I was not including clinical depression, which, I believe, includes chemical inbalances. If it does not, I apologize and wish to be corrected on my lack of acumen (another alliteration!) regarding medical terminology. Clinical depression is a Very Bad ThingTM and it *must* be treated correctly and swiftly. I was talking about those few months every now and then that nearly everyone goes through. The bills are behind. The spouse/significant other is somehow unresponsive. The children are being recalcitrant. The job is annoying and frustrating. Whatever else one can imagine. Yes, those are *depressing* times. However, far too many people equate short term frustration, anxiety, self-loathing, itd. as 'depression', and that's a misnomer. If, of course, the 'down period' lasts too long, one should definitely seek professional help. For instance, I just recently (as of two days ago) came out of a 4 month long down period, based mainly on anxiety regarding my relationship with my significant other. Yes, I was depressed. Yes, it was scary at times. I'm now over it, thanks in part to Tool, who, in Schism, say "Cold silence has a tendency to atrophy any sense of compassion...". I was able to, through communication, get myself out of my emotional rut. I know that there are some people out there that can't, physically, do such. To those people, I advise (once again, I'm not a professional) to seek professional help.
I was, however, out of line in saying that psychologists are "definitely wanting to keep revenue coming in to their profession." That was not a good thing to type, and I apologize once again. I should have typed that "psychologists are more often than not trying, even to their ending days, to figure out which side of the desk they truly belong on", thus ending a sentence with a preposition and offending even more readers of kuro5hin.
someday I'll find something to put here.
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