Empirical Stress and Depression
So where do you start a post when you are in a seemingly stable period with emotions and feelings. Well let’s start with how I feel at the moment…
For the second time since climbing out of the pit of despair, yesterday I had another very positive day – one of those days where you just feel comfortable, happy and relaxed that everything is going nicely. It’s a bit of a strange feeling for me because over the past ten years I had never felt like this – the closest I got was during the periods of extreme ups and downs in emotions – when even at the top of the cycle, I was just waiting for the crash. Now I get the feeling of happiness and tranquility but no longer expect the crash to come – although deep inside me there is a little voice saying to be careful because somethings going to come along and stuff it up. However, this is now a little voice not the dominating commanding voice of the past.
This voice I can ignore but it just gives that little niggling feeling of uncertainty. I still wait for the event or comment or action from someone I know that will start the downward spiral – and while there have been a few things in the past few days that would have started that spiral in the past, it never developed and I didn’t slip back into the pit. I have stayed above it all and just moved on – this is what ‘normal’ people do I am told. But you know what???? The more I get into this new me, getting out there and talking to people and organisations dealing with depression, anxiety and PTSD, there more I wonder just how many people are suffering.
It seems to me that there are so many people in the ‘western world’ who are not ‘normal’, and I am also starting to realise that even many of those who think they are normal, really aren’t. It looks like everyone has issues of some sort going on in their heads. For many years I had chuckled at America’s love for counselling and therapists – it seemed everyone over there had a therapist of some description while we in the rest of the western world didn’t. Now I am seeing so many people in Australia and the UK who have problems and who really need professional help I start to wonder where all these problems are coming from.
I am sure there are experts/professionals/sociologist/psychologists and many other “…ists” that have examined this and have drawn educated conclusions that they have published and received recognition for. But I am but a mere mortal and try to look more simply at why things happen rather than trying to complicate them. So let’s look at it simply and you can draw your own conclusions…
Please place personal ideologies to the side for the next few paragraphs – I am not after a debate on pos and cons of the subject – it is just my perception.
The US is a highly commercial and financial based country that has had a history of people using therapists to manage stress and emotional issues. Countries like Australia, Canada and New Zealand were more based around lifestyle, enjoying yourself and getting the job done with a “she’ll be right” (or equivalent) attitude. We used to chuckle at the therapy reliant Americans.
The UK was an innovating, world leader in technology and (rightly or wrongly) colonisation and had a clearly defined class structure. It’s colonisation strategy was open and obvious and it ‘ruled’ a large percentage of the world – what those of us of mature age call ‘the pink bits on the map’. Now the British Empire has been replaced by the American Empire – a slow and, apart from a few distracting military actions, mainly a financial/commercial coloniZation activity. Interestingly, where the US attempted to exude its will forcefully, it failed but where it used commercial principles, it succeeded.
So we now live in the ‘free world’ under the leadership of the country we used to laugh at because of its reliance on therapists and counsellors. Funnily enough, a high percentage of us now seem to need therapists and counsellors…