Depression is a disease of civilization: Stephen Ilardi at TEDxEmory

Depression is a disease of civilization: Stephen Ilardi at TEDxEmory

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"I believe depression is one of the most tragically misunderstood words in the entire English language. And here's the problem: depression has two radically different meanings, depending on the context. So, in everyday conversation, when people say they're depressed, they use the word depression as a synonym for sadness. It's a normal human reaction to the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. In that sense, all of us know the pain of depression. And

yet, in a clinical context, depression is shorthand for a devastating illness. Did I get it? There it is, OK. For a devastating illness. We refer to it technically as major depressive disorder. This is an illness which robs people of their restorative sleep, robs them of their energy, robs them of their focus, their concentration, their memory, their sex drive, their ability to experience the pleasures of life. For most individuals, it robs them of their ability to love,

and work, and play. It may even rob them of their will to live, and I'll tell you why. Because, we now know depression lights up the pain circuitry of the brain, to such an extent that most clinically depressed individuals, if you talk to them, and they let their guard down, they will tell you, as they've told me, hundreds of times: It's torment. It's agony. It's torture. And many begin to look to death, as a welcome

means of escape. Depression is the main driver behind suicide, which now claims over one million lives every year worldwide. Now, I know what you're probably thinking at this point: Man, this talk is going to be really... (Laughter) You know, depressing. So, I'm going to give a friendly little spoiler alert: It's not! It's truly not! Depression, yes, it is a treacherous foe. But what I've found in my 20 years of clinical research and clinical

work is this is a foe that can be defeated. That's the good news, and that's the news that I'm going to focus on for most of the talk tonight. First, a little more bad news: Depression is now a global epidemic. In...

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Depression is a disease of civilization: Stephen Ilardi at TEDxEmory""I believe depression is one of the most tragically misunderstood words in the entire English language. And here's the problem: depression has two radically different meanings, depending on the context. So, in everyday conversation, when people say they're depressed, they use the word depression as a synonym for sadness. It's a normal human reaction to the slings...