Is Depression the Root Cause, or the Symptom?

Given the inevitable challenges that are normally presented to me around my views on depression and mental ‘illnesses’ I thought I’d pre-empt some of the responses with links to two previous posts that I wrote around November last year explaining my views on this and the basis on which I formed my views. So if…

I understand your viewpoint more clearly now, thanks to your detailed explanation. Thank you for being calm about the matter. I do agree with a lot of what you had said, and that yes smiling can make a difference in I would assume less serious cases. I would never condone the abuse of any medication with other illicit drugs or alcohol as well, but I do wonder what you would think about somebody taking medication because of a genetic illness? I myself do not wish to rely on medicine all my life.

Sorry that it’s taken me so long to respond to this. Genetic illnesses (specifically within the context of mental states) is a complex one. I’ve been thinking of the best way to present my views on this so that it makes sense, but I’m not quite getting there, so here goes nothing. 🙂 I believe…