Depression, society, life … How does society contribute to an individual’s depression? Why are more people in certain countries (such as the United States) treated with anti-depressants in greater numbers than in other countries? Do anti-depressants work? If anti-depressants are effective, for whom do they work? How long are these pills effective?

What are other causes for depression? What solutions are there for treating major depression? Can we find creative ways to lessen one’s darkness? Are there societal prescriptions as well as individual ones?

Today I am asking questions. As a person who suffers from major depression as well as PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and panic/anxiety, I find the questions worth asking. The answers vary.

Recently I read the book titled “Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions” by Johann Hari.  I highly recommend this book. Whether you agree or disagree with Johann Hari, there are ideas in “Lost Connections” worth considering, pondering, and examining.  (For more information on his book, see:

Does loneliness enter the picture? What roles do shame and humiliation play in depression? Johann Hari covers these subjects in “Lost Connections”. If you are interested in taking a short quiz on your knowledge of depression, there is one on Johann Hari’s website. Go to:

Depression, Society, Life …

The New York Times printed an article in 2018 on anti-depressants. Here is the link if you are interested in reading more on the subject of the efficacy of anti-depressants:

Depression, society, life …

Recently a friend shared a podcast with me. Anand Giridharadas was a guest on the program “On Being”. Giridharadas speaks of American society, reverence of wealth, the language we use, spiritual and moral aspects, and the possibility of change. I found this podcast made me think on a deeper level.

(For Giridharadas’ podcast, go to:

Examining our society and ourselves can be a catalyst for positive transformation.

If you are suffering from depression and/or PTSD, I hope you are finding solutions … roads to healing … avenues to connect with others in loving ways … and discovering deeper self-love and compassion.

Please take gentle care of yourself!