Carrol Cox cbcox at
Mon Aug 28 07:12:15 PDT 2000

Reese wrote:

> What aspect (or lack thereof) Depression represents, I don't know,
> but I know that persons who remain active don't seem to get
> depressed.
> Perhaps it is counter-intuitive.

You are a malignant idiot. I can say and have said more nasty things about psychiatrists than you could imagine. Only you're not, as you think, attacking psychiatrists, because you don't have a clue as to their many real faults, so you make up things that in fact are only ways of attacking victims of mental illness. *Every* depressed patient knows this (and most psychiatrists and therapists empathize it). The only trouble is that the major symptom of depression is inability to be active.

Every psychiatrist and therapist also emphasizes exercise. I read the whole of Adam Smith's *Wealth of Nations* (at a time when I could not read much at all) while peddling a stationary bicycle. While *but only WHILE* (not afterwards for more than, say, 30 seconds) my depression lifted and my mind became alive. Exercise really does help depression. For a very very few patients, exercise is all they need. For the bulk of patients, exercise helps but not enough to lift the depression and that makes keeping up on the exercise an extremely difficult task.

One semester I was in particularly bad shape most of the semester, could not read papers, could not prepare for class. But that particular semester any kind of active social relation was an instant (but strictly temporary) relief. When I walked in the door of the classroom, I came alive. When I walked out the door at the end of the class I plummeted. All these idiots in the world who go around peddling what everyone knows as if they were the only one that knew. You know nothing that every depressed patient has not been told by psychiatrists, therapists, books, articles, friends, him/herself a thousand times.

You are an ingnorant shit.


More information about the lbo-talk mailing list