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Depression is a disease of civilization: Stephen Ilardi at TEDxEmory

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Dr. Stephen Ilardi is a professor of clinical psychology and the author of The Depression Cure: The 6-Step Program to Beat Depression Without Drugs. He earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Duke University in 1995, and has since served on the faculties of the University of Colorado and (presently) the University of Kansas. The author of over 40 professional articles on mental illness, Dr. Ilardi is a nationally recognized expert on depression. His work has been honored by the American Psychological Association's prestigious Blau Award for early career contributions to the field, and his research on the neuroscience of depression has been funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH). Dr. Ilardi has also received several major teaching awards in recognition of his dynamic, engaging classroom presence. Recently, he was selected from a pool of over 2,000 instructors as the recipient of the school's highest instructional honor, the HOPE Award for teaching excellence. He also maintains an active clinical practice, and has treated several hundred depressed patients over the course of his career. Dr. Ilardi lives in Lawrence, Kansas with his wife, Maria and daughter, Abby. - In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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endlessummer (10 hours ago)
15:40 I am starting to really like him.
endlessummer (10 hours ago)
Wow. A surprising gem.
Cheshire Cat (1 day ago)
Thank you
Cheesey Toes (5 days ago)
None of you people understand, no body does.
Pseudo Nym (6 days ago)
Interesting most suicides are financially related. Nice one civilization 😬
Perry Widhalm (8 days ago)
A highly-urbanized man standing before a towering TV screen lecturing people about living a more Pleistocene lifestyle? While I agree with most of his points (and actually live a Pleistocene lifestyle for the most part) the irony here is overwhelming.
MisterBinx (9 days ago)
It makes me sad that we've lost so many lives because the either couldn't get help or didn't know about it. It's the worst disease in the world. What these people are doing is some of the most important work in human history. No one should have to suffer this way. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.
umesh bansal (10 days ago)
superb video ever
elijahpickens (10 days ago)
This guy looks similar to JohnnieVibes, a poker vlogger
T Streeter (11 days ago)
Wallowing in self pity right now. Feel so good.
Sam Gonzalez (13 days ago)
he shouldnt equate exercise and working out with treadmills. Nobody thinks a treadmill is exciting or glorious. Show this man a barbell
Alvin Carter (17 days ago)
FaceTime is an app
Magnus G. (18 days ago)
Good talk. The trap of depression is how it makes it really difficult to change your lifestyle. It's really hard to get started when you have no energy. I have started medication to hopefully get myself out of the trap. My goal is to use the pick-me-up that it gives to develop some healthier habits that will become a permanent feature of my life. I'll consider the advice in this talk in structuring that lifestyle. A brisk walk three times a week sounds like a doable goal!
Magnus G. (18 days ago)
One criticism: if you compare a society with high infant mortality to ours and say that there is a lower rate of depression amongst them, how can you be sure that it isn't (partially) due to the depression-prone infants dying? Of course, you could say that the illnesses that kill babies don't discriminate, but maybe they do. Especially if depression is linked with the immune system, as this talk suggests. Some food for thought about depression and other "diseases of civilization". Modern life has pros and cons.
Eric Fortune (22 days ago)
Some notes: 5:15 “Here’s the problem. For many Americans, Europeans, and people throughout the Western world the stress response goes on for weeks, and months, and even years at a time. And when it does that it’s incredibly toxic to the body and to the brain.” 5:25 “Triggering Depression” Runaway Stress Response: -adaptive in short-term -Toxic over long-term 5:34 “Runaway Stress Response” -Depressive Illness -Sleep Disturbance (NREM/slow wave) -Brain Damage (Cortical, hippocampal) -Immune Dysregulation -Inflammation 6:15 Diseases of Civilization “Epidemiologist have now identified a number, a big constellation of illnesses that are rampant and epidemic throughout the entire developed world, you can see the list: Diabetes, Atherosclerosis, Asthma, Allergies, Obesity, Cancer, many forms, Depression, these are all inflammatory illnesses. They’re all illnesses that are epidemic in the industrialized, modernized world and largely nonexistent among modern day aboriginal groups.” 8:40 “Did you know that 99.9% of the human and pre-human experience was lived in a hunter-gatherer context? What does that mean? Most of the selection pressures that have sculpted and shaped our genomes are Pleistocene. We’re still really well adapted to that sort of environment and that sort of lifestyle. I’m not saying there hasn’t been any change since then because of course 10-12,000 years ago we had the invention of agriculture. And there has been some genetic selection over that period of time. It’s been more minor. But what happened 200 years ago with the Industrial Revolution? It’s been termed “Radical Environmental Mutation”. It’s as if modern American Western life is radically discontinuous from everything that came before. Our environment has radically mutated. But how much has the human genome changed in the last 200 years? It hasn’t. It hasn’t. That’s eight generations. It’s not enough time. What does that mean? There’s a profound mismatch between the genes that we carry, the bodies and the brains that they’re building, and the world that we find ourselves in. 10:10 “We were never designed for the sedentary, indoor, socially isolated, fast-food-laden, sleep-deprived, frenzied pace of modern life.” 10:45 “I believe in fighting depression with every possible tool that we have. But you know what? If we only throw medication at this epidemic we’re not going to fix it. At least we haven’t so far.” How much has anti-depressant use gone up? Over 300%, 1-9 over 12 years old taking anti-depressants 12:00 “The answer, I believe, is a change of lifestyle” 12:25 6 factors that change neurochemistry, known to be anti-depressant, “Results have exceeded my wildest dreams” 1. Physical Activity: (Exercise is medicine, “more powerful than any pill you could take”) -Dopamine & Serotonin signaling -Antidepressant effect -Enhanced mental sharpness -Anti-aging effects 2. Omega-3 Fatty Acids 3. Sunlight 4. Healthy sleep 5. Anti-Rumination Activity 6. Social Connection 15:30 “Exercise is not natural” 16:20 Brisk Walking “In our treatment program we’ve done two things: We’ve made exercise natural and we’ve made it social. What’s the most natural activity in the world? Walking. And guess what, brisk walking, you know the kind like you’re late for the bus, like you might miss your plane, that kind of walking, will get your pulse up in the aerobic range and that’s where it needs to be. …that’s enough to enhance signaling in your dopamine circuits, your serotonin circuits. It’s been tested head to head against Zoloft twice. In the long term it won. At what dose? 30 minutes, 3 x a week. That’s a low dose. It can change your life.” 17:20 Essential Fatty Acids Omega-6s: Pro-inflammatory Contained in: grains & seeds (and the animals that eat them). Processed foods are major culprit (grain based oils) Omega-3s: Anti-inflammatory Found in: grasses, plants, algae, and animals that eat them 18:50 “Over a dozen controlled research trials have now shown this to be the case… the best research suggests that there’s s specific omega-3 molecule, it’s called “EPA”(Eicosapentaenoic Acid, shown to be anti-depressant at 1000-2000 mg per day) 19:50 “Habits of Healthy sleep”(from Chart on screen) 1. Target: 7-8 hours of sleep each night 2. Get up & Turn in at same time every day 3. The bed is only for sleep, and vice versa 4. No bright light/screens within 1 hour of bedtime 5. No caffeine/stimulants within 10 hours of bed 6. Cultivate a tired body and quiet mind 19:55 “Ending Rumination” ( from chart on screen) Step 1: Notice rumination in real time Step 2: Decide to shift focus Step 3: Redirect attention elsewhere: a. Social interaction (shared activity) b. Engaging solo activity c. Change context to prime other thoughts d. Express gratitude 20:00 “Social Connection” (see chart on screen) -In hunter-gatherer societies it is virtually impossible to survive without the support of the entire clan - Today, ½ of all Americans have no close friends (Smith-Lovin, 2006) - Most Americans lack a sense of true belonging and community 20:05 “Time in the physical presence of our loved ones actually puts the break on our stress response? Did you know that our ancestors spent all day, every day in the company of their loved ones, their friends? Think about the extensive face time they shared with the people that mattered most. And what have we done? We’ve traded face time for screen time, face time for Facebook. Is that better? And the result is devastating. The result is devastating. We’re born to connect. We need that connection in our treatment protocol.”
Sam Lockhart (22 days ago)
Our society is not built for social connection. This is something I realized from a young age long before I knew anything about history or economic theory or anything. The American South? The American South is a wilderness of isolated social spaces where you have to pay to basically do anything, and you better have a car if you want to get there. Pedestrian-focused urban planning who? What are sidewalks? Non-commercial common areas? Who's she? There are...parks..... You can go to a park.....and walk around on grass, I guess. But if you want to join a random group and socialize with people at a park....well, you're playing Russian Roulette and you better have something interesting to talk about.
HilarityBribo (24 days ago)
Great video, subscribed
Av63PNT0 (28 days ago)
I believe so many people are depressed mainly because not enough human and social interactions, I'm a first generation immigrant and in the old country there is a lot more family and social interaction people always visiting the house and when I was a kid I remember we use to come and go every week, and go to the beach to travel go camping several times a year with everyone all my aunts and uncles now we only see each other on holidays we assimilated into the American way of life and seeing both worlds I can tell you in America we spend our lives working and not enough time with family and friends everyone is in their own world alone many of the times, that is why many of us are unhappy, also second to that is we dont do enough physical activity we spend all day sitting in office after we are mentally drained go home and sit on couch and lay down to sleep.
Regan Reviews Everything (1 month ago)
this is real
wwatkin21 (1 month ago)
Native Americans been saying this for hundreds of years. They knew the detriment the European culture was going to bring to humanity.
Boy Trent (1 month ago)
exercise is addictive. just another chemical high. And just as dangerous in the long term. i can't stand people who generalize about the lives and illnesses of others. They only have their journey to talk about - they have no right to extrapolate that onto others. Causing damage and making huge and inaccurate assumptions and presumptions in the process.
Boy Trent (1 month ago)
WIFI - microwave cell phone towers and the frequencies that can be modulated and directed towards individuals and groups are responsible for a lot of these. As nice as this man is - he only has part of the picture. But yes - there is a spiritual aspect to this. The mobile phones or cell phones people use and sleep with at night are changing and altering their brains. Also - making them physically sick. Mobile devices emit radiation and anyone holding a device to their head for more than an hour a day as a 40% greater chance of developing brain cancer. The number for brain cancer are soaring. They learned a long time ago - what frequencies cause what responses in the human brain. They experimented on millions of people without their knowledge or consent. Even the "hearing voices" is part of that technology. I'm afraid so many people are now out of the picture in terms of the reality around them. Frequencies are changing people too. Altering consciousness. Please watch : Dr Barry Trower to find out more about this REALITY. Share this information please.
Maya Legrand (1 month ago)
I know many well-to-do people who exercise and are still depressed. What makes us happy it's a wretched childhood where we work like in a concentration camp; then when we grow out of this dismal life, we embrace life with its ups and downs and it appearsso sweet. We exercise because it feels good, like I did since the age of 7. What's wrong with our society is the fact that we have too much. Anyway,\ I bet my bottom dollar that if you were sending your kids in a concentration camp, they will be happier than drinking coke and eating junk food in a boring suburban area. A disciplined-structured tough life is a thousand times better than being bored in a rich neighborhood like I see around Washington D.C.
Sabah Amal (1 month ago)
You make sense! 🇦🇺
Ikaeksen Ratzakuz (1 month ago)
When there is a poweroutage my voices allways vannishes, odd isnt it ;)
Susan Shaeffer (1 month ago)
Depression is like wearing clothing made of soft lead that weighs you down making any effort tiring.
Sonicz Forever (1 month ago)
Sometimes this is a mistake. I feel terrible, feel too much pressure. No sleep.Made me feel empty
HeatherLoves (1 month ago)
Yeah I could just lay here and die that would be okay
Ttrini Trini (1 month ago)
Medication is a placebo!
Bouncy Banana (1 month ago)
depression and feeling depressed is way different
IRON60 BITCH (1 month ago)
When I go camping for extended period of time which is five days and more my depression virtually disappears
Penny Hardin (1 month ago)
gabriel aponte (1 month ago)
I wouldn't agree because mice run on wheels all the time people love sports and wrestling and love to play and chase each other and little kids love gymnastics people love rock climbing, hiking and other such I think people like to swim children like topple play sports for eons and animals also like to play the way Ive always heard it is exercise gym is just the playground for adults
Jason Stockman (1 month ago)
Ascendant Madness (1 month ago)
You know what all of those lifestyle changes boil down to, even the fishing? Novelty. We evolved as a species in every way to be able to adapt. Now that our lives generally only change in minute amounts (as in which buttons to push to create outcomes), our entire beings are railing against the hierarchical, stagnant social structure and what our daily lives are comprised of. We are surrounded by and drawn to constant mental distractions because it simulates the novelty of a hunter-gatherer life. Even the lifestyle changes mentioned are but a pale comparison to our evolutionary needs. Exercise becomes habitual, as does everything else on that list. I've had trouble with depression since I was six years old, even when I met every single one of the criteria he listed. Soccer nearly everyday for nine years in the Texas sun (indoor and out), my favorite foods were sushi and oysters, around people most of the day (though I rarely enjoyed other children's company). All of the "healthy" things mentioned I did for the majority of my childhood. Though to be honest, I never liked other people. Why does he skip the entire existence of INTROVERTS, while insisting that everyone needs more social time? That is patently false. What he's missing in his talk is the deeper point. It isn't a list. It's just novelty. Of course as a product of Western education he will tend to compartmentalize and try to isolate factors but no amount of testing can point to the broader behavioral patterns of our society as a whole. The whole point of modern science is isolating variables when our reality is completely interrelated. It's all just novelty - body and mind require it.
Toughen Up, Fluffy (1 month ago)
If you watch it at 1.5X he doesn't run out of time. :0)
A H (1 month ago)
If depression is an illness then why do I feel bad about being happy at funerals or losing a job ECT...?
Harmonica Man (2 months ago)
The statement "we were never designed" should end at that. Then you can talk about the rest.
DERP FASE (2 months ago)
Where’s the youngest of us the teens the pre teens the kids adults aren’t the only people with depression and that’s the worst problem and it wasn’t even covered
Wildflower3328 (2 months ago)
The IPC reported that by year 2030 the world’s climate would have warmed 1.5C and only drastic changes to our growth frenzied capitalist economies would perhaps mitigate that number. The Kalulis will probably survive the collapse of civilization just fine. I predict that the next great emigration will be to hunter and gatherers time while the suicide numbers spike exponentially! Hey, but aren’t you guys happy now that Amazon raised its minimum wage to $15 an hour and that Facebook has an awesome FaceTime portal for real human connectivity?
IRON60 BITCH (1 month ago)
Wildflower3328 Please stop lying
brandnew new (2 months ago)
3:39 left unchecked can cause brain damage
Harish Janghra (2 months ago)
all you people who think u arfe on top cause the death of these people, that includes u on the stage
D Fine (2 months ago)
So how come there's people in the modern world who never get clinical depression?
Elizabeth B (2 months ago)
I already knew pretty much everything he said and I can do most of the things he recommends, although it is hard. The only thing I can't achieve is social connection. Once you go down a path of isolation it's very hard to get out of it. All the other recommendations are straightforward but social connection isn't. I really don't know how to do it anymore. It's just so hard putting yourself out there all the time only to be disappointed. People seem to already have good relationships. It seems like I'm the only one who's isolated so I don't want to be bother people if they're already happy with their relationships.
Mind YourOwn (2 months ago)
Not a fan of psychiatric medicine.
Nirmiti Bl (2 months ago)
Excellent & Helpful for epidemic depression disease of new era.
Rich Henkle (2 months ago)
Superb. I was not into the pleistocene comments, I see them as theoretical. But the factual historical connection of the change of mankind from hunter gatherer and agricultural societies to Industrial and Information age and modern stress, sedentary societies was superb research. The Solutions he gives are noble and worthy of use in every treatment center today to beat back the epidemic of depression. He and his team should get a damn Medal...!
BulletTheEnforcer (2 months ago)
The power went out where I live as a result of Hurricane Florence. I am further inland and live in an elevated area, so we didn't experience much flooding, but we were without power for almost three days. During that time, my sleep quality remarkably improved, my anxiety changed: I was more concerned about what my family and I were going to eat than I was about problems in other parts of the world, and a lot of body aches I normally experienced vanished. I had to limit the use of my smartphone to emergency updates over Facebook for concerned friends and family members. I had to take cold showers and read by candlelight, but I felt like a kid again. I was experiencing emotions I hadn't felt in literally fifteen years. As soon as the power came back on, I was thankful for central air and other modern conveniences, but I felt my old discontentment creeping back in. I don't like any of the things I used to love anymore; it's like I am slowly dying inside. Because of where I live and my income, it's difficult for me to exercise. Mostly, I just feel confused and numb; furthermore, I can't feel things that I once felt, and I know those feelings are still there, but they appear to bubble to the surface at the most inconvenient times. I want to be me again, but I am not sure who that is anymore. The world just appears to be unfriendly, dangerous, and filled with equally hurt and angry people.
Black&White (2 months ago)
*Western-World's Curse:* Have everything, feel like nothing! Soft life has really messed you. How about this..? From now on your annual semester is sharing life with the locals in some 3rd world village.
Black&White (2 months ago)
*Western-World's Curse:* Have everything, feel like nothing! Soft life has really messed you. How about this..? From now on your annual semester is sharing life with the locals in some 3rd world village.
Khadijah Kay Aminu (2 months ago)
Woww best talk ever.. 💖 Thank you 🙏🏾
Khadijah Kay Aminu (2 months ago)
Woww best talk ever.. 💖 Thank you 🙏🏾
cmclaybird214 (2 months ago)
Im laying in my room crying watching this hanging on
Ja Ja (2 months ago)
When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn. Demand better 'Leaders" !
jodo1971 (2 months ago)
Western medicine is sham! Does more harm than help. Why are doctors so unconcerned with your eating and your exercise ?
Christina (2 months ago)
He is not talking about the illness of depression he is talking about a down mood due to situational circumstances...depression is an entirely different beast not unlike schizophrenia...these are serious illnesses not lifestyle issue ...ask any psychiatrist they have a much deeper insight and much more intense/ longer education and they would never agree with any of this...it's neuro chemisty and it needs to be treated with meds or ECT. go to any mental hospital and that is what they do- treat with meds always and not even bother with psychology for good reason ..it doesn't work and it can't for people with chronic or severe depression...psychology is for those that have life issues or very mild depression only.
Christina (2 months ago)
It has nothing to do with lifestyle lol otherwise everyone would be depressed...they were treating it since ancient Greece when there was no internet etc..all up throughout the middle ages and victorian period .sylvia plath / Van Gogh/ joan of arc/ winston churchill / lincoln...endless figures throughout history.. ...it always existed and always will... it mostly has to do with childhood trauma / neglect/ abuse that just screws up the neurochemistry in the brain later in life ..if you had a good childhood it acts as a buffer against any future traumas so you can bounce back. medication or ECT is the only solution for severe depression or even chronic dysthymia..that or you become a drug addict or alcoholic/ and usually eventually commit suicide.
Alexander Ross (2 months ago)
Depression exists in animals too. We keep forgetting that. But the same things that animals get depressed about, humans don't get depressed about; at least looking inward from an outside perspective. When we actually look at the root cause of depression, it begins to make sense. Animals get depressed when their mother was seen killed in front of them, or get depressed when they have their child eaten. They see that and feel a loss. These are real reasons for depression. And it happens the same way in humans; when humans experience loss, we go into depression. Animals will jump off cliffs, bite themselves, or remain passive around a predator; these are natural responses to depression; the animal has no concept of suicide, yet does everything to endanger itself when it's depressed. We see the same thing with humans, except humans have the capacity to understand what they're doing. It makes me think "How could an animal evolve such a behavior", and it begins to make sense once you understand that mammals are social animals. We're designed to thrive in society. Depression does more good than bad for group animals, because it makes the ostracized ones (Maybe they're deformed or have a medical condition) be passive towards their own death. This is an advantage in a lot of animal species, because it means that only the fittest individuals will both have the mental and physical resources to continue to breed. Humans don't have the same connections as animals do. We've given up an active life for a life behind a screen, but more importantly, and regardless whether we're outside or not, we've given up on socialization. There is no family dynamic anymore; as soon as a child reaches 18, they become autonomous; they see new faces every day; the population, to us, is replaceable, and I think that's a big problem. Meaning in life can only be attributed to how we treat others; and because we don't have anyone in our lives to treat well/bad, we have no meaning.
Chara Choppel (3 months ago)
Western lifestyle? Foods, carbohydrates? Any more illness factors in the Western lifestyle?
reinux (3 months ago)
Huh, this is pretty much what Dr. Greger says.
mukunda (3 months ago)
Is depression really growing or is it being diagnosed more often due to increased awareness.
Paula nacari (3 months ago)
I do believe that depression does come from not living the life we want, insecurity, not meeting our needs. Most of us want to risk it all and live life how we imagine but would require us to start from 0 and lose what we have. But the risk can fix depression. Live your life experience things ignore social media.
Eslyn Baird (3 months ago)
The information is valid and and precise.
Juan Bermudez (3 months ago)
The more advanced a country is, they more suicides and depression they have, example: Japan. So what he's saying is totally true. Our current cultures and life styles are just making this problem way bigger than it should be.
Bel LoCam (3 months ago)
I just really need a hug right now...
TruthSeeker (3 months ago)
People are depressed because the people around them are terrible, godless, narsisists who are constantly on their phones avoiding others. Humans are like little spoiled babies. It's a loveless world. That's why people are depressed, or sad. Good people are sad because they expect more
Zack Harper (3 months ago)
haha...their is a pill in that form Stephen...its called ritalin
DeathAngel (3 months ago)
i had a "mid-life" crisis at 12.
Yami Le (3 months ago)
lwc1029 (3 months ago)
Don't blame civilization or other people. No need to study Papua New Guineas (OK, bad humor). Many people do lead decent and healthy lives in civilized and developed countries. Study them if that's your thing. Don't connect for connection sake. Only genuine and sincere ones matter. Anything toxic that you feel or sensitive to is best avoided. Your belly/abdomen/stomach/gut is the best judge if something is toxic. Never trust only your eyes.
wim lammens (3 months ago)
this talk confirms what I discovered recently working in a building where elderly people live together and suffer mostley loniliness being seperated from the people that really matter(their children and grandchildren and great grand children. When looking dead in the eye approaching fast you realise this western life style is only leading to unhappiness and emotional and physical suffering. This life style is killing our souls and putting all other species close to extinction. in 2 century's we have grown like a virus and consumed all resources and species and forests.
Rasim Shah (3 months ago)
Try CBD oil. It kinda works
Jane DeLeon (3 months ago)
I'm depressed 😢
Jane DeLeon (3 months ago)
I'm depressed 😢
Jane DeLeon (3 months ago)
I'm depressed 😢
Jane DeLeon (3 months ago)
I'm depressed 😢
Joe Kelly (3 months ago)
thanks very much , very good
jyoti singh (3 months ago)
this person really does understand what it's like
Michael A Regenfuss (3 months ago)
Wow! I agree with everything he says. The solution he's talking about has a lot to do with something called human rewilding.
Bulletproof Diamond WINSTAR (3 months ago)
This talk is informative, but I;m not sure if everything applies to me. I've taken Kpop dance lessons and eventually a one-year training program, but having no friends out of it and the low views on my YT violin/dance covers have worsened my depression. Well I guess dancing for fun helps with depression, but dance practice for covers is more than exercise, as I'm constantly trying to create fine products. Having made no friends from dancing and having low YT views are more social problems than exercise problems. About diets, I actually get some relief from depression about eating delicious foods which include meat! I guess getting more Omega-3 could make me better though. Also, about having face-time with closed ones, living with my parents doesn't help too much if I 'm socially disconnected and desperate to move to my dream country for my dream career and social life.
Justin Cross (3 months ago)
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Piotr Hobbysta (3 months ago)
Banksters, politicians and ill economic system is guilty IMO. Lack of work & over-work, unstability of job, lack of time to relax, weekends, holidays etc. In Japan "karoshi" suicides proove the role of overworking. In fact oversitting at firm and even pretending making work! But they are so long as chief is in the company, chief is no shorter that chief of the chief is there etc. It's sick
Brian Norton (3 months ago)
Its not that bad...bad things happening to you is bad
Brian Clark (3 months ago)
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Bob Eden (3 months ago)
“Simply Thankyou” Introduction: After more than twenty years of fighting depression, many psychologists and many psychiatrists and so many cycles of medication, this simple personal insight brought me home! To all those beautiful people who have suffered from depression I would like to say “Thankyou, Simply Thankyou” for doing such a wonderful job. Thankyou for being such beautiful and courageous messengers , such shining beacons! I hear your pain , I have felt your pain, and now I hear your message and I hear it loud and clear for your message is simply the pain of humanity and the way it has to live now. The way we are living now is so wrong, so wrong, there is so little human-ness left in the way we live. We need to change, and we need to change now! So now relax in the knowing of a job well done, your message has been heard, that there has never been anything wrong with you, you are simply a gifted messenger! I know that place you go to; that deepening, darkening tunnel, which you shuffle down with trembling knees, and your body full of terror and panic. I know that place you go to, where the tunnel ends, where your bare feet are on solid ground but your toes are dangling over nothingness, an empty abyss, and it is so dark and frightening. Then dimly just ahead there is a feint outline, misty at first, that slowly forms into a shape, a doorway, and it's only about five feet away. And I know that moment when you are rocking on the balls of your feet, trying to decide wether to jump or not. “ I wonder if I can leap across in one bound or shall I take a few steps back and take a running jump?” Then for some reason, you stop rocking and plant your heels firmly back on the ground, and from somewhere deep, deep inside you grab hold of something primal, something essential and you turn around facing back the way you came and take a deep breath. I thank you in this moment for choosing to return to life rather than taking the leap of death. All ahead is blackness and you squint your eyes and then dimly percieve a minute spec of light, so small you are not sure it is real at all. So you slowly retrace your steps, and that little spec of light gets bigger and bigger as you shuffle fearfully upwards. You are heading back to the light and it is your light, and it is getting brighter and brighter until it's the colour of Cornish Ice cream and you can feel it's warmth enfold you, and suddenly you are out of the tunnel, back in the gallery of life. So you take your light and sit down, and relax and look back at where you came from. The tunnel is gone, the entrance has been bricked over, then plastered over and some artists have painted a mural over the place honouring the purpose of the tunnel. You are Home, you are safe! Well done and Simply Thankyou! Namaste' Bob and Barnaby Eden. Woof.
George Samaras (3 months ago)
Just wait till robots come. I think i am engaging in rumination? Maybe UBI turns out for the best.
Mr.Pickles (3 months ago)
We may not be more depressed it may just be more diagnosed.
John T. Smith (3 months ago)
In a society that is totally self-absorbed how can you make me Rich or how can you make me prettier how can you make me happier why wouldn't people be depressed?
John T. Smith (3 months ago)
The drug companies love this.
Vahid Genius (4 months ago)
Paul D (4 months ago)
Depression = The Monetary System
Jorgeyy Boyy (4 months ago)
so what shall I do live in the jungle then?
Jack of Shadows (4 months ago)
I no longer feel the comfort of being sa urghhhhhhh gun. gimme gun.
Veronica Lawrence (4 months ago)
Glad you have taken a great interest in depression. Its such a very serious illness. Thanks
Steve Chavez (4 months ago)
The problem is no one wants to talk bout it
Summondadrummin (4 months ago)
The Economies which dominate the planet have as their central focus~ Money... aka the bottomline.... Not human well being, health, happiness, relationships, planetary balance and connection... Money~ which is simply a technique to use numbers to measure the value of goods and services in exchange has come to rule over all major societal decisions everywhere and the fixation and narrowness of this focus driven by one essentially simple technique is bringing us into a state of major global imbalance.Not surprisingly this wildly out of balance economic scheme is driving many people to be depressed. Its an honest response to what is an increasingly unhealthy pattern of living. If we want a healthy people and planet our societies must be based on the views and practices of healthy economic ideas.
OCPTheory (4 months ago)
So theoretically people with physically demanding jobs would be less likely to be depressed? Doesn't seem right to me.
adspeed7292005 (4 months ago)
This presentation is depressing and robbing me of my will to live.
raredesertflower 1 (4 months ago)
I want to move to New Zealand.
Sabah Amal (4 months ago)
Sooooo true! Especially, this generation. High expectations, lack of gratitude, materialism, declining moral, values & respect. Isolation/loneliness, due to social media. Most of all a lack of belief in a Creator God, Jesus is the only way, life & truth. 🥀💒🇦🇺
matt g (4 months ago)
2 words: magic mushrooms
Devil's Offspring (1 month ago)
That's hardly a solution, it doesn't solve any problems. A good high once in a while is a fine pleasure, but just getting high all the time will probably bugger your life up more than it will make it better! In other words, people like being high--but in and of itself, it doesn't accomplish much.