Damn my connection failed after I typed a huge response! I'll never get all those points again.
Checked out your links the first didn't open for me, but saw the other two fine.
Not once have I said depression didn't exist in the past. I was merely asking do people think it is more prevailent now in the modern world?
Laura Ingalls Wilder suffered depression after her son died. Took to her bed etc! But eventually she said to herself 'Stop Shilly Shallying - my family need me!' and got up and got on with things.
I know indeed it was around through all time, but it still seems much more prevailent now. In fact, most of us have suffered it, even in small doses, at some time in our lives. There is no denying it is out there.
I suffered it myself quite minorly after Dylan was born..
Obviously my questions weren't clear enough and it was interpreted that I thought it didn't exist...
My adoptive grandfather suffered it after losing a leg, I have friends in passions who suffer from it, and friends in personal life as well, and I did for a brief time.
I myself fall into bed exhausted most nights! From assisting at Dylan's school, trying to be in touch with nature, being a friend, mother, wife, writing poetry, Passions, singing and playing my instruments, housework, etc. But I thrive ont the busy. If I am not busy I feel as though I have achieved nothing..
Perhaps those people who are bored, not busy by circumstance or choice are the ones more prone to depression? More time to reflect and be melancholy?
I know that for myself at least...
How I wish I could get some kind of consensus recording such things from 150 years ago, but generally all the facts are lost to us through the passage of time. It is only with letters and journals such as Lincoln's etc, that we see the proof there were some depressed in the past.
The wars have added to it etc. I know that.
My points were is it more prevailent now? And if so, is it cos of modern society etc?
Sorry you both misunderstood me..
*War produces one thing - Cemetaries. And in cemetaries there are no enemies!*
~Isis~~Sovereign of the Spirit.
[This message has been edited by Isis (edited 04-18-2001).]