There’s a huge amount of controversy about the exact nature of depression. Scientologists believe it’s caused by infection by the disembodied souls of alien leader Xenu, destroyed in a volcanic nuclear holocaust 75 million years ago, while columnist Jane Bowron argues that it’s not a real disease – it’s just part of life:
I don’t see depression as a weakness and think better of people when they confess to being blue, but to leap to the conclusion that depression is a disease is depressing in itself.
Perhaps the illness is our readiness to take the pill, that we don’t dig deeper or accept that the business of living isn’t all beer and skittles, that life can be sad and harrowing and lonely, but if you hang around long enough for the getting of wisdom bit, you learn to live with it.
JK says depression is just the way things are today, but depression, feelings of melancholia and a sadness of the soul have always been our constant companions.
While on the third hand we have every qualified mental health expert and clinical psychologist in the world alleging that depression is a serious – often fatal – disease. Who to believe?
Let’s hope the scientologists and/or Bowron are correct, because if not, Fairfax and Jane Bowron have just published an article telling people suffering from a dangerous mental illness that there’s nothing wrong with them and they shouldn’t seek treatment. Which would be a really crazy thing to do, right?
Update: A reader comments: ‘It’s not the souls of Xenu, it’s the souls of Thetans who were destroyed by Xenu, you blasphemer!’
The Dim-Post regrets the error.