We’ve Got Depression All Wrong. It’s Trying to Save Us

Alison Escalante M.D.,’ We’ve Got Depression All Wrong. It’s Trying to Save Us. – New theories recognize depression as part of a biological survival strategy.’, https://www-psychologytoday-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/shouldstorm/202012/we-ve-got-depression-all-wrong-it-s-trying-save-us, Psychology Today, Sussex Publishers, LLC (December 22, 2020)

For generations, we have seen depression as an illness, an unnecessary deviation from normal functioning. It’s an idea that makes sense because depression causes suffering and even death. But what if we’ve got it all wrong? (…) If depression is the emotional expression of the immobilization response, then the solution is to move out of that state of defense. (…) The nervous system has to detect robust signals of safety to bring the social state back online. The best way to do that? Social connection. (…) One of the symptoms of depression is shame, a sense of having let other people down or being unworthy to be with them. When people are told that depression is an aberration, we are telling them that they are not part of the tribe. They are not right, they don’t belong. That’s when their shame deepens and they avoid social connection.