"Don’t take ~chemicals~ like prozac, I heard you can get the same effect by eating 19 oranges a day, that’s only 570 oranges a month!!!"
"Yeah I know you have horrible panic attacks but like, have you tried yoga?"
"Yeah I understand depression completely stops you from doing everyday tasks AND that you then feel guilty about that… But you have to just power through it and get on with things as normal!"
wait wait hold up
so either “depression” just sprang into existence along with the psychiatric industry (which is a genuine possibility; see hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy), or people were dealing with depression and anxiety for longer than that.
i wonder how people dealt with depression before the procedure became “take pill->talk to professional->wait for the pill to work”? i don’t think people were as vocal about being anxious and depressed back in the day, maybe there was a massive stigma against those sorts of displays? or, perhaps, maybe their methods of dealing with it were actually more effective?
i wonder how cultures aside from our own deal with depression?
did you know that the western approach to mental health is regarded as one of the most tangible symptoms of our cultural madness to other societies?
guys, it’s this simple. cognitive behavioral therapy and prozac have been around for like fifty years at the outside. yoga and marijuana have been in continuous human use for thousands of years.
o all-knowing white man, tell me again about the superstitions and quaint folkways of inferior peoples, throw up your hands in frustration with their silly solutions to your very serious problems. laboratory tests! clinical data! objective facts! did you know that your therapist thinks the word “liability” before she opens her mouth, every time without fail? this is how us enlightened westerners approach mental health, and we fucking wonder why we’re all so miserable!
if you can motivate yourself to sit on tumblr you can sure as shit sit there with your eyes closed for ten minutes counting your breaths. there is no fucking excuse.
ah yes noted reliable medical text and depression resource “The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy”, proving that mental illness is a modern invention
jesus christ are you opposed to modern remedies for physical illnesses too? Would you prefer we go back to the days when syphilis was a death sentence treated with cyanide capsules? Or we could go even farther back to when trepanning was a thing?
Just because these treatments are relatively new doesn’t mean they’re bad, and just because something is old doesn’t mean it’s preferable. What did people do before drugs were available to treat mental illness? Well, mostly, people with mental illnesses died very young. People with physical illnesses died very young. Disabled people died very young. This is what you’re fucking romanticizing. And don’t give me that bullshit Orientalist crap about ~exotic foreign cultures~ when you’re completely fucking ignorant about those cultures yourself. You want to know how people in different cultures handle mental illness? I mean, I have a lot of friends who come from different cultures than me, and a lot of them…. go to doctors and take medication for their health issues. But don’t take it from me, why don’t you actually fucking ask someone from a different culture than you, it’s 20 goddam 14 and we’re on the INTERNET you can talk to anyone from anywhere in the world. Or are you so afraid of modern technology you won’t even try that?
I swear to god this is the last time I’m reblogging this post because I am DONE with this stupidity. I swear. If I could figure out how to properly install and use that extension that allowed you to see a post in it’s original spot on your dashboard I would block the notifications on this post but I CAN’T so I keep SEEING THIS BULLSHIT, someone help me.