Why did I start “Endogenous Depression Help“?

I started this site as a result of being frustrated by what’s out there on the web, or rather what isn’t. All the large health sites have plenty of articles about depression, even whole sections, but they are all written by people who don’t know what it’s like. All this dry prose, regurgitated from textbooks, medical journals and ‘crazy people for dummies’-style books is great if you’re trying to please the search engines and sell ads (which is what these sites want to do) or if you’ve heard the term and are curious about what it means. Even Wikipedia isn’t much help. If you’re a sufferer or think you might be one, they’re worse than useless – they’re depressingly useless. If you are a friend or family member of someone who is or you think might be a sufferer, differential diagnoses in medical jargon won’t tell you much about the signs in practice and definitely won’t help you understand how your loved one might feel and how you can help.

How do I want “Endogenous Depression Help” to be different?

I won’t just list endogenous depression symptoms, I’ll write about how they feel to the person experiencing them and what they look like to his or her loved ones. I won’t just talk about endogenous depression treatment options in general, I’ll explain what the experience is like and what the pros and cons are. I won’t just push pharmaceutical treatment options, as important and effective as they can be, and will instead also present alternatives including things anyone can do on their own without having to pay doctors at every step of the way with money you might not have.

I’d also like to put together information for family members and friends to help them cope (the sufferer is never the only one affected by depression), understand, take charge and regain some hope. A community for everyone affected, which I hope to build together with you, the readers, is long overdue.

In short, I intend to actually help everyone involved with genuine information informed by my and others’ first-hand experiences without any concealed agenda or one eye on profits.

Depression-related quote of the day

In my many times of trouble and internal strife, I’ve often found solace in quotes, fables and haiku that made my mind acquire a different perspective on both my own plight and the world in general. I’d like to make it a tradition to conclude each article with one of them, so without further ado, here is an Arab fable which persuaded me that I can’t possibly be the most unfortunate human being that ever lived at a time when I felt certain that I indeed was.

I never lamented about the vicissitudes of time nor complained of the turns of fortune except on the occasion when I was barefooted and unable to obtain slippers. Yet when I entered the great temple at Kufa with a sore heart and beheld a man without feet I offered thanks to the bounty of God, consoled myself for my want of shoes and said: ¬†’A roasted fowl is to the eyes of a satiated man less valuable¬†than a blade of fresh grass on the table, but to him who has no means nor power, a burnt turnip is a roasted fowl’.