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Other Voices The Connexions Newsletter Depression and Joy
November 8, 2016The November 7 issue of Other Voices is now out. If youre not on the email list, you can find it online on the Connexions website www.connexions.org.
The focus of this issue is Depression and Joy.
Its a difficult thing to measure, but there are strong reasons for believing that the number of people struggling with depression has increased significantly in recent decades. Despite the evidence that this is a social problem, and not merely an individual misfortune, the solutions and escapes on offer are almost all individual: pharmaceuticals and therapy, on the one hand; self-medication with alcohol, streets drugs, television, etc., on the other.
Certainly there are individual circumstances and individual causes, but when millions of people are experiencing the same thing, we need to be looking not only at the individual, but also at the society. Many of us feel powerless in the face of economic decline, a burgeoning police state, a ruling class willing to risk all-out war to increase its wealth and power, and the growing likelihood of environmental catastrophe. Many of us also struggle to bring about a radical change of direction, but youd have to be oblivious to reality to wake up each morning feeling cheerful and optimistic.
But while the circumstances, and the odds we face, might not be what wed prefer, nevertheless we arent powerless. We can and do act. And through our actions, especially our collective actions, we can experience community, friendship, and moments of joy.
In this issue, we feature articles, as well as a book, a film, and a comic strip, which look at depression and also at what we can do in the face of depression and gloom. As always, we try to offer enjoyment as well as gloom.
Find it online at http://www.connexions.org/Media/CXNL-2016-11-07.htm
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