do depressed people just love to suffer?

@winterose (39918)
Canada
March 28, 2008 3:00pm CST
In Love and Death, Woody Allen wrote: "To love is to suffer...To be happy is to love. To be happy, then, is to suffer." The paradoxical merging of happiness and suffering can be a feature of depression. Biological Psychiatry has a new study of regional brain activity using functional magnetic resonance imaging, which may help further our understanding of how happiness and suffering are related in depression what do you think http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/03/080325111754.htm
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@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
1 Apr 08
I have gone thru some depression yet I fail to realise that I am in fact suffering. To say that depressed people just love to suffer is not fair to them. In a depressed state, they may not be aware that they are suffering. He could "appear" happy with company but deep beneath and alone, he is back to his own state of mind. When he is depressed, he hears but cannot listen.
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@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
15 Apr 08
Thanks for the best response :)
@kaysue4 (951)
• United States
21 May 08
I get like this. I can put up a good front of happiness, but deep down inside I would rather just die then deal with life everyday. I let my kids see me smile and inside I am so sad and stressed. I have 2 boys that are bipolar and one of them has so many other issues also like ADHD and Asperger's. My oldest is bipolar and anger issues. My other two have ADD or ADHD and deal with depression at times also. I get sad when I think about my one son and what kind of life is he going to have when he hits 18. So, I keep a smile on my face when inside, I am crying up a storm.
• Canada
28 Mar 08
In a way I agree with this, because of personal experience. I was never actually depressed, but a few years ago I had a really tough year. I was sad, lonely and upset 90 percent of the time. My life started to change, and eventually I became happy again. But now when I do get sad, lonely and upset I feel comfort in it. I'm assuming its because I got used to the bad feelings and felt them so often. Its just something I know so well, so therefore, I feel "at home" when I am suffering.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
28 Mar 08
yes some people do get comfortable in the feeling,
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@kaysue4 (951)
• United States
21 May 08
I think suffering has become my middle name. I have depression really bad and can't find meds to help either. I hate the suffering that I am doing every day. I hurt so bad, my back, my knee, my foot, arm spasms, leg spasms. Geez, it never ends for me. I wish I could find happiness again, but everytime I see a sliver of hope, something happens and it crashes down again on me. I try not to be this way, but somedays it is too hard to fight and you just want to give up and you know that you can't if you have children. All of my boys are still at home and I think, well it is there birthday, so this is not a good time or I have to take them to the doctor's office for something. When I do die, I told my kids to have me donated to science and find out what was wrong with my brain.
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
25 May 08
you are lacking the problem serotonin levels in the brain have you seen your doctor for medication like prozac or zoloff?
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@kaysue4 (951)
• United States
25 May 08
I have been on both. Prozac, I ended up in the hospital because I started cutting myself and thinking people were watching me and coming after me. I did the zolf and I had REALLY bad reactions to it. I am on Cymbalta now and I seem to be doing ok on that, but I also take one for anxiety and another one to calm my nerves. I am hoping that the Cymbalta will be covered by my insurance. If not, I will have to go off of antidepressants again and that would be a bummer.