DEPRESSION IS A TERM USED ORIGINALLY AGAINST THE OPPRESSED TO KEEP OPPRESSION INTACT.
It still can be.
It is a victim blaming phenomenon disguised in cloak of respect of medical and moral authority with institutionalized disrespect of, so believed, inferiors fictionalizing the whole way we understand social human behaviors in conflicts and void of love.
It is a strange stereotyping and blaming of behaviors, that is, coping behaviors, that rest on many factors of different people’s lives and identities in different ways. An umbrella term that lacks proper articulation. Words are missing and hard to find.But clarity can be achieved.
Depression was mostly laid upon women more than any group historically but since the 1990’s has become a common term for everyone. This is now largely due to the marketing of chemicals such as anti-depressants by chemical companies and the medicalization of more aspects of human life..
Depression is one form of a state that results from oppression.
It is when you feel powerless; when you’ve lost your ability to fight back or get up one more time and face the burdens laid at your life’s door. It is when you lost the capability of doing what the world wants of you and what you want of yourself.
And your oppressor’s voice and teachings are inside your head demanding to know…what is wrong with you? Why are you not productive and functioning in the world? Why do you have low feelings and no energy?
You’ve lost the ability to participate in your own oppression and something quits inside on you as a direct result of your truest nature when forces of oppression have come and taken you past your limits. You’ve given up hope because you have no way out – of yourself.
That is, out of the oppression you don’t know you are in.
You don’t even have the language. There is no story so you find substitutes of the real one in exchange for some relief. You don’t know what is going on. You just know you can’t go on.
You feel something heavy. Burdened. It is oppression.
They say a black cloud descends over you and it is fashionable to say it is your chemicals in your body that are the problem. An imbalance of chemicals. But that the chemicals you need come directly from being creative, loved, happy and free.
Perhaps you’ve gone to work or school every day for a few decades doing the same thing over and over and over and over and over and over. You know how to be an automaton; a cog in the big machine of social functioning of society’s industry. You know how to function in a robotic state even in your most intimate moments when you perform to keep everything looking good on the outside and to keep everything the way you think it should be.
Perhaps part of the black cloud is exhaustion, because you’ve just been through days, months or years of trying to keep up or reach something, accomplishment, or you’ve just been through a hell that you can’t talk about. There are those hells we don’t speak about all over. Something invisible has happened. Something no one sees cause they aren’t looking and because you are not important. You just don’t have the words. Sometimes they call it stress cause they don’t have the words either. Another umbrella word. Stress may be jumbled emotions but you have learned well to not let feelings get in your way.Your brain is suppose to keep you dragging your body around.
But no matter what it is you have felt forced and you have to force yourself in social demands against your natural being. Your thoughts and feelings are part of the heavy weight you sense.
Thoughts and feelings that are buried deep within and so automatic from long ago, you do not notice their existence. Thoughts and feelings that can not make it out to expression because natural and spontaneous expression is taken in an oppressive situation.
External demands are part of the oppression and you don’t understand. They have made their way inside you and are now internal demands; more of the heaviness you feel.
You’ve been so caught up in the demands that embody the social oppression that you lost touch with what’s true inside you and out. With oppression denied, you can easily be convinced that something is wrong inside you. That something is oppression, but you are powerless. Over and over the forces of opression trample you but you don’t see them as oppression and you lose your natural energy.
It is machine-like energy that you know and you need recharging.
Organic expression is thwarted and isn’t an option because somewhere along the line you got pushed aside. There is too much fear, fear of being an inferior human, fear of being out of the comfortable box. Lost with yourself, it is safe to submit to the oppressor’s language, agenda and rules. Punishments are harsh. You even look for someone to direct you, help you, tell you what to do cause to be a free agent is directly opposite of oppression. A free spirit can not exist in oppressive situations and is devalued and actively treated with disdain.
In an oppressive situation, there are always consequences for taking your freedom in your own hands. For many the better choice is to play the sick card, take some pills and stay in the oppression. But in the long term, that’s not a good choice because it adds to the burdens and the inevitable is inevitable. But more than anything, it comes from a change of beliefs and the first is to believe that there is a way out of such a state of existence.