Surviving America's Depression Epidemic
I just heart part of Dr. Bruce Levine's interview today on He says that 50% of Americans will develop a mental illness during their lifetime. Like that Russian comedian used to say " wad a kuntry!" The interview should be on the internet throughout the day on                   


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This guy is ok in my book. A real champion of common sense.

The Bruce E. Levine Web Site
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Reviewers' Praise for [Image: survivingdepression80.jpg]Surviving America's Depression Epidemic inspired me as I was reading it and a few days later I even noticed that some of my own ideas and behaviors have actually changed. There are many brilliant insights throughout, forgotten in our modern helping culture. The book would be just as—or even more—useful for helping professionals as for laypersons. It's the best self-help book I've ever read and I'd recommend it to anyone.”
— DAVID COHEN, Ph.D., co-author of Your Drug May Be Your Problem “A distinct pleasure. A thoughtful, compassionate and refreshingly humble look at what we call depression—well-written, easy-to-read, original—a philosophical treatise on the nature of 'being,' what it means to be alive, and the debilitating nature of our corporate society.”
—ROBERT WHITAKER, Winner of the George Polk Award for Medical Writing, author of Mad in America “Dr. Bruce E. Levine reminds us to take a broader view and incorporate historical analysis, social criticism, cross-cultural perspectives, creative insights, and spiritual wisdom into any future public discourse about why so many in our culture are so unhappy, and how we can best help them thrive instead. Surviving America's Depression Epidemic is a bold, intelligent, courageous, and insightful book that will enlighten and inspire many individuals who count themselves as among 'the depressed' (including myself).”
—THOMAS ARMSTRONG, Ph.D., author of The Human Odyssey and The Myth of the A.D.D. Child “While Surviving America’s Depression Epidemic is an excellent self-help book, it is not just for the clinically depressed. This well-conceived and researched book illuminates the general malaise tinting the canvas of our lives and validates the background of unhappiness inherent in our contemporary lifestyles—a background often mislabeled as pathological. We are all trying to survive this epidemic. The book is empowering, energizing, and provides a road map to greater psychological health, motivation, and fulfillment.”
— STUART SHIPKO, M.D., author of Surviving Panic Disorder “If you’ve ever smelled a rat in the way corporate America tears down community with one hand and pushes antidepressant drugs with the other, this book is for you.”
— WILL HALL, co-founder of Freedom Center (Northampton, MA) and staff member, The Icarus Project “Surviving America's Depression Epidemic bravely connects much of the overwhelming despair in our society to society itself, and offers innovative remedies. I encourage anyone who has ever asked, ‘What are the alternatives to the current mental health system?’ to read this book. Bruce shows us an array of specific, practical options to fight the good fight on our increasingly demoralized planet. As a psychiatric survivor, I highly recommend that mental health professionals read this book.”
— DAVID W. OAKS, Director MindFreedom International “This well-written and insightful book locates depression where it should be situated—in the dehumanization of American culture and the corporatization of psychological health and well-being. Moreover, Dr. Levine offers insights into what we’ve lost sight of and what we can do about it.”
— DAVID WALKER, Ph.D., Associate Professor, American School of Professional Psychology “This is a terrific book. Bruce E. Levine argues convincingly that our modern depression epidemic is the result of a demoralized society. He integrates critical thinking about psychiatry, extensive clinical experience with clients diagnosed as depressed, and a refreshing look at the factors that affect our morale—alienation, consumerism, and spirituality. Highly recommended.”
— JEFFREY LACASSE, MSW, Visiting Lecturer,College of Social Work, Florida State University “How does a sane person find meaning in a world gone mad?  The question is not a new one, but Bruce Levine offers timely insights about the social and cultural causes of demoralization. In this, the Dark Age of the pharmaceutical-military-industrial complex, Levine has given a much needed wake-up call that challenges each of us to find our own antidote, in the healing aspects of integrity, nature, self-transcendence, and community.”
— GRACE E. JACKSON, M.D., author of Rethinking Psychiatric Drugs “Unlike pharmaceuticals, this book is an anti-depressant that works. When depression is a reaction to a depressing culture, all the drugs in the world can’t numb us to the truth that health—whether mental, physical, or spiritual—is about wholeness. This is the message we should be getting from our preachers, politicians, doctors, teachers, and therapists. What a rare, welcome, and timely message.”
— REV. DAVIDSON LOEHR, author of America, Fascism, and God “Bruce Levine exposes our unhealthy way of life. He argues convincingly that modern medicine—marvel that it is—cannot save us from the pains and struggles that come with living and dying. His is a trenchant, though not ideological, critique of ‘powers and principalities’ that prey upon depression, powers that have greatly increased in our lifetime. His simple calls to restore lost communal and personal practices ring true. I plan to share this book with church members fighting depression or tempted to despair.”
— REV. RANDY COOPER, United Methodist pastor (Ripley,TN) “Surviving America’s Depression Epidemic offers a fresh perspective on what ails America, the ‘community malnourishment’ that fuels dispirited morale, disconnectedness, and a frantic search for meaning. Dr. Levine challenges us to look past diagnoses and labels, reminding us that community and horizontal connections inherently offer the balance with which our souls can be nourished, helping us discern lasting paths to healing and wholeness in American life.”
— RABBI LEWIS H. KAMRASS, Isaac M. Wise Temple (Cincinnati, OH) “Levine is the smartest, most level-headed guy around when it comes to depression, and it comes from years of clinical practice, not ivory-towered theory.”
— KIRKPATRICK SALE, contributing editor for The Nation and author of Human Scale and After EdenSurviving America’s Depression Epidemic is a book about depression that is written with both passion and compassion. In other words, the book has science but it also has heart. It includes the scientific data on depression and its treatment but goes beyond the data, providing a clear historical and socio-cultural perspective. Dr. Bruce Levine makes the science accessible to the layman and demystifies the treatment of depression, both psychotherapy and drug therapy. The book is written with humility and a self-revealing candor that captures the warmth I believe Dr. Levine brings to his treatment with patients. It is a ‘must read’ for anyone who struggles with depression or anyone who is in the business of treating it.
— DAVID ANTONUCCIO, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences,University of Nevada School of Medicine
What can we expect when we hold up victims? We used to be success oriented, now its about who did what to you.

For example, kids that are too lazy to do homework are victims of poor study habits, when actually they are subscribers to poor study habits. They have to renew their subscription each time a new assignment is placed before them - they "can cancel at any time" simply by doing the work but choose not to.

We can talk about the kids' home situations, but Dale Carnegie, etc. all had to overcome crushing disadvantages to eventually soar with eagles.

Maybe we should amend the motto to "In God we trust - get over it."
I don't know, I think most people are naturally fun-loving and lazy and that hasn't changed much from the past. The American Dream, or capitalist ideal hasn't existed that long. I consider myself a basically fun loving and lazy guy with some natural work ethic and habits. Depression results from uprootedness, whether it is family divorce or alienation from nature and the soil. We have a much harder existence than our farmer ancestors long ago with less holidays and more heartache in general. All that we've gotten better at is pills to prolong a miserable, meaningless existence.

So depression is the natural result of chaos and dependency. I'd be willing to bet the Amish have fewer suicides and depressive illnesses because they are doing things simpler than we are. They work hard, that is to be sure, but it is simpler and a more natural type of work, I'll bet.

Don't forget that the ugliness of American architecture, with its neon lighted, steel and glass urban jungles (called cities) where most of its people live might also cause depression. An ugly culture creates an ugly state of mind. I don't mind lazy and fun-loving kids, but I hate to see them surrounded by ugliness, divorce, and a consumptive, purposeless existence.       
Quote:All that we've gotten better at is pills to prolong a miserable, meaningless existence.

There's some Christian hope! [Image: laff.gif]

Spooky7272 Wrote:
Quote:All that we've gotten better at is pills to prolong a miserable, meaningless existence.

There's some Christian hope! [Image: laff.gif]

That is true though,
any medicine that can alter your brain/chemicals can worsen your symptoms and create different diagnosis' that were medically induced. It happened to me, so there's no telling how many others it happened to.

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