Last Monday I had the chance to attend a conference by the big professor of psychiatry Luis R. Marcos. In his lecture, Dr. Marcos was basically saying that women tend to live longer for the simple reason that they talk more than men. His theory behind this satement is that talking helps to lower blood pressure: when you talk your anger, anxiety or fear out it helps you get rid of it! How many times when you’re sad, angry or even happy you call a friend because you feel that you need to talk with someone, tell your story, take it off your chest!
Lately the rates of depression have been rising; however there has been a downward trend in the antidepressants Market. This doesn’t mean that there are less prescriptions for antidepressants, however it seems that people are trying to find other ways to deal with their depressions (Of course I am not talking here about severe cases).
Nowadays, people are not ashamed to talk about their depression or this malignant sadness! They are seeking support from their entourage to get over it! Dr. Marcos said that people need to learn to have a more optimistic attitude towards life; we need to learn to be resilient, in other words be flexible enough that even we get a bad hit, be able to come back! He continued saying that we should know how to overcome adversity, and the trick is to have an optimistic attitude, and some sense of humor.
Ha! Easy to say no? So where to get this positive attitude from when you’ re depressed and not munching on Prozac! Well, I guess the philosophers’ era is back. Long time ago, psychologists didn’t exist, people used to visit philosophers to talk and get help to solve their personal problems. It seems that today this trend is coming back, as we need someone to teach us how to live, how to take things in a positive way, instead of someone to analyze us and remind us how F*** up we are.
(1- Positive thinking, 2-Positive Action, 3-Positive Habits, 4-Positive Results)
I am not throwing away Neuroscience, but what I want to say is that with our modern stressful lifestyle we are more prone to depression, but that doesn’t mean that all the depressed persons are mentally ill or suicidal. Sometimes, adopting a more positive attitude about life, and having some sense of humor and someone to talk to can change everything. So make that your glass is always half full ;)
And you, what do you think?