Bipolar Disorder Depression

Is Major Depression Curable?

As much as modern psychiatry claims that behind these disorders “chemical imbalances” are the cause, no imbalance has ever been found and that is rather an assumed cause. To prove that, go and ask your psychiatrist to show you this chemical imbalance, when they can’t, realize that no psychiatrist can because to the current date it’s just a theory. If it was true, psychiatric disorders would now have a test and someone would be winning a nobel prize.

Secondly and getting more specific, have a look at the diagnostic criteria for major depressive disorder in the DSM-5. You will notice upon looking carefully that a low barrier to entry for this label has been set and many people can be labelled. Experiencing a few low symptoms for 2 weeks is ridiculously enough for it to be concluded that the patient has something wrong with their brain. That’s because the DSM-5 criteria does not exclude psychological conditions (and other causes) which are totally curable but it depends on the case and that leads me to my next point.

When asking this question, you need to specify whose depression you are referring to. MDD is not a condition where everyone is isolated to the same cause for symptoms. Rather, everyone experiencing depression has a specific case as to the cause of their experience. In other words, my depression, and your depression are not the same thing. The diagnostic criteria describe surface level symptoms which may be shared among cases and that’s normal and natural. But the depths are a domain that is specific to the patient case. Anyone can experience bad lows enough to get you diagnosed, but the cause of these lows is not a case of everyone simply having a chemical imbalance. That is a gross oversimplification. Rather we have our own reasons and so our individual case can decide for us whether we can be “cured” or not (I’m not sure if cure is the best word to use to be honest…). Theoretically/technically yes people can be “cured”, but whether it happens depends on the patient’s case.

So the words cure/incurable need to be clarified and opened up because there are variables to be discussed to answer your question, the most important of which is, “whose depression and why are they depressed?”.

Also, the word “cure” in the context of psychiatric disorders is unique when comparing the use of the word with other ailments. Sometimes it shouldn’t even be used as psychiatry has just medicalised normality (normal life circumstances) in certain cases. The DSM criteria is surface level identification (just a few low symptoms) and so can unfortunately easily accommodate normality.

Some people say there is no cure because as it can be seen these phases return. Well of course because that can be a part of life. Look at the MDD diagnostic criteria, 2 weeks of a few low symptoms…getting that once or twice is not always something abnormal or a “disease”. It can be perfectly understandable and expected and that’s also why you have such a range in cases i.e some people having one phase and it never returning, some people having many phases etc. That’s just because we are individuals with our own circumstances.

The word depression in my opinion has been poisoned because of psychiatry and has lost its value. To answer your question simply, yes I believe it is absolutely curable but it depends on the patient case. You can even see many examples of this in nature. Always remember, depression can simply be described as a low energy state. It’s remedy is everything and anything to shift the energy back to a healthy balance (positive credits). We even see this in muscle development. When muscles are malnourished and underused they contract and degenerate (atrophy/depress). With stimulation they expand and beautify (the muscles are “happy” again).

Another thing to note. We even have our own endogenous (produced by the body/brain) antidepressant neurochemicals like serotonin and anandamide which are released upon intense exercise. So both the depression of Bipolar and normal depressions can be improved or perhaps I could say overridden/overpowered/broken through and that faculty is available to every human. My point in mentioning this is that labels like “treatment-resistant” depression are a contradiction. If you do the right actions that arouse your nervous system and positive neurochemicals, like anandamide, you can shift the energy balance to a healthier state (positive energy credits and thus heightened emotions).

Always remember at the heart of your depression is an irritant or many irritants, you have to learn what they are and credit your energy balance to get into optimum moods. In my experience of modern psychiatry they weren’t too interested in looking at my life holistically. They were just interested in the surface and chemicals. But the reality is, if you don’t treat someone holistically, you make a compromise on results, sometimes a big compromise. But you as a human are so much more than a soup of chemicals.

I remember being paralyzed in bed incredibly depressed when I was younger. It was because I was paralyzed by my obsessive thoughts (thankfully I don’t get like that anymore). My point is, depression revolves around an irritant or irritants. Until that is responded to you won’t “cure” or improve the situation. Although that particular cause of depression is separate to MDD, the point was there is always an irritant, and irritants are VARIABLE as opposed to being simply a “chemical imbalance”. Energy shifting high or low has VARIABLE causes.

Another very important principle that needs to be understood. From a general perspective, all psychiatric symptoms are subject to different levels of control and how well you control them is a subject of its own. However it is important for you to know, this range of control has a top and a bottom from “elimination” right at the top to “permanence” at the bottom. Your symptoms, together with your case fall somewhere in that range and what decides your level of control highly depends on your case and what actions and resources are in your power to support higher levels on that range. Also it depends on how well you respond to treatment principles.