Retro, by this do you mean that there is a 'space' (ie special forum) here in this website for Dhamma practitioners who have to deal with depression? Or did you mean something else...?retrofuturist wrote:Greetings Pebble,
Many of the above are symptoms of depression - if that's a possibility, you might want to investigate your options in that space, if you've not already done so.
As I type this, I've got my blue-light seasonal affective disorder light shining in my eyes, helping regulate my seratonin and melatonin levels and helping offset depression and its symptoms.
manasikara wrote:Retro, by this do you mean that there is a 'space' (ie special forum) here in this website for Dhamma practitioners who have to deal with depression?
4. Members who are suffering from mental illnesses.
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Pebble wrote:I must meditate regularly, constant mindfulness...
....The key is to accept things as they happen, not run from, over analyze, or repress them. The essential question of Buddhism is how to overcome suffering, so you could consider the Buddha as the ultimate psychiatrist. Why then would you turn to a inferior system....
Moth wrote:As someone who has been through several anti-depressants, therapists, etc I would not recommend going in that direction. The concept of depression as a physical illness is, in my opinion, a farse.
Modus.Ponens wrote:Moth wrote:As someone who has been through several anti-depressants, therapists, etc I would not recommend going in that direction. The concept of depression as a physical illness is, in my opinion, a farse.
I'm sorry to say but those are very unwise words.
It is not only inappropriate but dangerous to to generalize from the particular.Moth wrote:As someone who has been through several anti-depressants, therapists, etc I would not recommend going in that direction. . . .
Fede wrote:Because you are completely unqualified and unentitled to make such sweeping unequivocal statements.
You are not a trained, approved psychiatrist, counsellor, therapist or medic.
To make such opinionated comments is both dangerous and inadvisable.
you have no basis in your opinion, except your own experience.
To make such a sweeping statement is highly uneducated, unskillful and highly questionable.
It is not for you to make such diagnoses but if the OP needs counsel, feedback or support from one qualified to do so, she should seek such assistance.
All I know is that if a particular member of my family had listened to you they would probably have done themselves serious injury by now, or worse.
Your advice is questionable at best, and perilous at worst.
In actual fact, your post made me quite angry, and I was quite horrifed to see such irresponsible posting.