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April 26, 2000
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Cici
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I was just thinking about things, randomly. thinking about the reasons I entered the field of psychology and how lately, after doing an internship, I feel pretty much like whatever I sought to do, I sought to help. I think, in a way, most people involved in mental health seek to help others because they accutely understand what it means to have your mind and emotions so at odds with yourself.

I see so many people in pain, simply miserable with themselves, not seeming to fit inside their skin.

In ancient times, there was working, living, procreating. That was the sum total of a life that ended near the age of 40.

As our society evolves, we honestly do have more free time. Whereas our ancestors labored with their bodies to fulfill the most basic needs in life, we work in tiny, artifically lighted offices and go to hunt and gather in grocery stores and malls. We expose ourselves and our children to toxic, potential deadly substances every day in the water we drink, the air we bereathe, the preservatives we ingest. We bleach, we scrub away our natural protective skins, we prematurely harm our eyes by staring at computer screens and TVs. To what end?

Quality of life has increased, in western countries. Or is it just quantity? Medicine fights to help the elderly because our bodies aren't designed to deal with the stressors of aging, when we previously expired at around 40/50. Biologically speaking, we are defunct after our reproductive years.

As time has passed, the study of the human mind has become more and more important. As technology as increased the quantity of our lives, we find that the mean level of cortisol in our bodies, the hormone that helps you deal with constant stressors, has elevated dramatically since the industrial revolution. We are constantly stressed. Incidences of mood disorders has dramatically increased, as has drug abuse, violent crimes, even road rage.

I see so many people in pain, here, on other message boards, at the crisis center I work at. But for whatever help is given, there are a hundred more who seek help, but never get it. Or they seek help, but want a quick fix. Or they seek help, but don't heed advice. I feel as if we are all bailing out a sinking ship, right now.

"Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man; but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity." Thomas Carlyle.

April 27, 2000
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Depression is a selfish sort of emotion. The kind of feeling you get that forces you to put yourself under the strongest lens in a microscope. You examine every motive, every emotion, every thought. You try to understand why you're feeling the feelings you are and you rationalize it in one way or another. You make impulsive decisions that lack foresight in desperate attempts to take control of your emotional landscape.

Anxiety goes hand-in-hand with depression. Often, people experience depressive anxiety because of the minute examination of themselves. Why wouldn't yu feel anxious, right?

People say that the isolationst nature of the modern world causes those suffering from mood disorders to experience an existential crisis and causes them to become divorced from their own emotions. I might agree. I don't know. It's hard to pick and choose a philosophy that you find interesting or stimulating or one that you don't doubt, at least on the smallest level.

Then again, how many people are concerned with philosophy these days? When we worship materilaism and commercialism.

What a worl we live in, when a person can cry out from the epths of the abyss and still no one stops to listen. We're all too locked up in our own worlds of misery, with our car windows rolled up tight to shut out the sounds of the world. It's amazing how disillusioned you become, the more you learn about the psyche of people, from the mass, social level to the deep inner workings on a personal level. What a tangled web we weave when we as mortals seek to deceive.

April 27, 2000
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I like that you're responding to your own thread. I'm glad your pondering the imponderables. Maybe my abyss just looks like a ditch to you, so you just walk by. Or maybe it looks so hopeless you don't know where to begin. That's why I pay a therapist $100 an hour to at least look at my abyss. Then I don't feel guilty for dragging her through my misery, and she can stay somewhat detached and maybe point out foot holds and hand holds that I can use to climb out. Cici if you can really look with someone at their pain and their struggles, and you don't roll up your car window or buy them an ice cream, but you sit down and cry with them and verify their pain, and then maybe climb down to help and when they're out, help them clean up and heal, and then show them a road to take where they will avoid the abyss...You'll have earned your keep here on planet earth. You'll have laid down your life for another. Of course, as a professional, you're supposed to help 6-10 clients a day. That's a lot of crying and dirt and time and grime. Is that what you really want? You know some of them don't really want help. Some will go right back down the same abyss. I'm sure all professionals learn how to detach emotionally at least to some extent. The question is, can you live with yourself if you walk by, and look the other way? It sounds like 'no.' Maybe it's out of that sense of outrage that you want to provide free/ low cost service to folks who can't afford it. And why you want to try to help them BEFORE they're in the abyss. It's just a good heart and an over active intellect that's gotten you here. I'm glad. Be true to that heart tug, that's the most noble part of humanity.

May 1, 2000
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Thank you, Frieda. That was really eloquent.

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