statiktech wrote:How would you describe a "normal life"?
Also,your condition seems far more complicated than strictly psychological depression.
I've already described a 'normal life' as being the apex of the bell curve +/-. The 'norm' depends on what 'science' is doing the charting. If, for example, educators, sociologists and psychologists want to establish a 'norm' that indicates the perceived, measurable mental ability to complete a secondary education--or beyond--they develop tests they hope will measure intelligence. If they find the mean level of intelligence to be 100 +/- 10, with the plus being above the apex (right side of the chart) and the minus falling below (left side), they then derive that someone with an intelligence quotient of anywhere from 90 to 110 has the mental capability to graduate from from both high school and college.
The same sort of 'testing' is done to establish what median requirements are needed to live a 'normal' life. This is the sort of 'test' Blurred took when she was diagnosed. If someone falls short of the apex, there's something keeping them from achieving what is labeled 'normal.'
This is where things seem to fall apart and people start to pop pills--because the people who fall below the 'norm' want to reach the 'norm.' They're not interested in the 'whys,'--they're too busy to care about the whys. (Which reminds me of an e. e. cummings poem--"pity this busy monster manunkind...")
At the risk of being presumptuous, I think this is what turtle is trying to discuss in a lot of different threads. What makes the American public so anxious for a 'quick fix' that only addresses symptoms and not the causes. This extends beyond a discussion of depression and/or the use of pharms to ameliorate those symptoms. It includes politics, how and why people vote the way they do and why do such a large portion of our population not vote at all. It involves the costs of scripts and health care in general. If we were able to answer the real question, the "quick fix" question, we might even be able to solve other major problems in our lives.
Stat, you seem to have misunderstood my last post. My lack of proper alignment of teeth in my mouth, my use of a microwave oven, and my electrodes+battery packs weren't meant to define my depression--I've done too much of that already. It was simply to explain how I view all of them, including a script for depression, as appliances and nothing more. My dental alignment was bad, I don't like to cook something new every day, I have essential tremor, and I'm a depressive. So I use(d) mechanical, electrical and chemical 'appliances.' to improve how I live.
I've written about it in many different threads in these forums, primarily because people either don't understand what I'm saying or because I'm not giving them the answer they want to hear. I'm not giving a verbal "quick fix."
I'm sure you'll be able to come up with answers that suit you without my contributions, so I'll no longer try.
"Be what you would seem to be - or, if you'd like it put more simply - never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise."
— Lewis Carroll