Philosophy – “Not the Depression that ever Hurt – A Critique to Psychiatry” – 12/14/2020

“Things which are lost, become phantoms, become memories of something physically present to trust. Now, trust is procreated, in something lifeless, injected, and said to be sterile or safe enough to cure an absence.”

– Modern Romanticism

To the psychiatrists who have believed a patient suffers from depression, suffers from anxiety, is not the sort able to differ “presence” from “absence”.

Is not the person who suffers from their loss, feeling depression to ring songs on their ribcage, pained by tension to knot the stomach, most truly suffering from absence? A lacking, to something, to what is needed, not for what is convenient to have. It is a fact, that convenience does not relate to necessity. And, for what is needed in one’s life, has felt for eons that it “cannot be lived without”.

To be loved, or to have shelter, is to recede from the cold into warmth. To have water, is to be malleable. To have food, is to be carved into shape. For each of these three things, it is shelter which the surviving person desires the most.

To be lost, perhaps in a wilderness, is much like the feeling of loneliness, of abandonment, in one’s own mind. To be without, is to be depressed. To wish to find, is to be anxious. To the psychiatrist’s mindset, there is a belief a person is “suffering from a mental disorder”. Yet, that is the same to say that the suffering is for presence’s sake. It is not the suffering which is presence. It is always the suffering which is absence.

It is the proven here that the field of psychiatry believes that mental illness is something to be removed. Does not the field comprehend that “removal” has already been undergone, or perhaps was never there? Does not the field comprehend that the ongoing anxiety is a symptom of survival, thereby pertaining itself to “needing necessity”, which would first be shelter?

Love. That is the ingredient, not to be injected, though given of breath, of presence to life, of everything familiar and identifiable.

No person suffers for what is present, rather for what is absent. For the psychiatrist, NP, psychologist, or therapist to say that a symptom like depression must be removed, is same to say that it is a physical problem. It is not a physical matter, as it is metaphysical. It is beyond the physical, therefore making it impossible to be removed, and only ever hidden. Only ever can it be ignored, of what the patient does truly need. Only ever upon gaining back, or receiving for the first time that necessity, can mental illness then be replaced with peace and stability of mind.