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Re: It's a problem of motivation, Bob

by zentara (Archbishop)
on May 09, 2004 at 12:18 UTC ( #351830=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to It's a problem of motivation, Bob

Get some drugs from your doctor or wherever. :-) Seriously, some anti-depressants, or .......

The US population is the most heavily-drugged population in world-history, why deny yourself ? Better living thru chemistry.

P.S. I can sympathize with your situation, I sometimes wonder if its all just a waste of time. Then I remember something Einstein said.."Depression is the well-spring of inspiration".

What does that mean? Well, we live in this "youth-oriented rat-race culture" where everything is supposed to be fast, interesting and exciting. But of course, it's all an illusion. The reality is something like an "amish farm". So when our brains start to slow down, from the "hyper-excitement", it seems "depressing", but it is actually slowing our thinking down, so we can see "the big picture" and from that comes "inspiration".

So when you start getting depressed, go with the flow, and break out on the other side into that "serene clarity of thought" that comes from being in the "slow lane".

Also it helps to stop watching TV. All the commercials do is try to force you to be in that "fast lane", which leads to unhappiness, because you can never really attain it.

I'm not really a human, but I play one on earth. flash japh

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Re: Re: It's a problem of motivation, Bob
by geekgrrl (Pilgrim) on May 10, 2004 at 20:02 UTC
    All the same, if you feel lame for months and months, seriously consider getting on something. Personally I think a lot of people can survive a brief downswing, but a lot of others can't. Stressful events often do trigger depression in people, and some of us don't respond well to it for some reason or another.

    Depression doesn't always lead to great ideas or clarity of thought. I think often there is this thought that we should be able to have a Zen-like control of our brain and will ourselves to have more serotonin or norephinephrine or something. We feel like we should have some brilliant ideas that we are the people who see the dark side of life and so on. But often it just leads to thinking that those thoughts all suck and that you don't have anything worthwhile to do and what's worse, you don't bother trying to do new things, find new interests. At least that has been true for me. I think we all have our ups and downs, but some of us don't get those brief downs that aren't so bad. Some of us actually stay down for a long time, and it is not healthy or fun.

    Anti-depressants do not turn you to some placid stable person who never feels anything. You still have ups and downs - you are just more sane, is all, and better able to bounce back from things . Anyway I just wanted to offer another perspective...
      On the flip side of that same coin, be careful not to play the "there's nothing I can do without medication" card too soon. I'll probably get flamed into oblivion for this, but I think that things like depression and m/^ADH?D$/ are over-diagnosed these days. There is such a thing as being in the doldrums, and there is such a thing as a mis-behaved child. It doesn't necessarily mean that we have to go reaching for a little orange bottle to "cure" the "disease". "Back in the day", people did something called "pulling themselves up by the bootstraps". I think the world might be different if we remembered that.


      p.s. Yes, there are a lot of "quotes" in this post.

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