Inner Preacher vs. Inner Teacher: Ursula K. Le Guin on Meaning Beyond Message and the Primary Responsibility of the Artist

Source: https://www.brainpickings.org/2017/04/25/ursula-k-le-guin-words-are-my-matter-teasing-myself-out-of-thought/

“That’s how an artist can best speak as a member of a moral community: clearly, yet leaving around her words that area of silence, that empty space, in which other and further truths and perceptions can form in other minds.”

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Since a lot of people get depressed from time to time, there is that endless question if depression is a real illness. The answer is: yes. The deadly one, that is. It has been said that about 1 out of eight United States residents will likely become clinically depressed. Some experience it once in a lifetime, while others have multiple episodes.

This is a fact: if a person gets depressed for the first time, there is a 50 percent chance that this individual will fall to the same predicament over again. And come the second time, you will find the threat that this individual will go to a third manic depression episode.

Depression is a genuine illness as it involves the mental, emotional and even physical performance of the person. This is not just a transitive sad feeling that will go away when one wills it to. You will find symptoms and signs as well as corresponding treatment. If not handled nicely and soon, it may escalate to worse conditions. Like any other illness, depressive disorder has also variations.

There are 3 kinds of depressive disorders: major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder and dysthymic disorder.

Major depression is a culmination of all of the symptoms and signs that get involved with one’s capacity to act normally. It may happen once, but recurring episodes are a possibility.

Its less severe counterpart is dysthymia which is characterized by the same symptoms of serious depression, only they don’t totally hinder one’s activities. A person who has dysthymic disorder can suffer major depression sometime during his lifetime.

Bipolar disorder is also a kind of depression that involves drastic mood changes, from being very high a minute or so to significantly depressed another minute. The mania cycle can make the individual hyper and overenthusiastic but it changes as soon as the depressed cycle hits. The depressed cycle has all the symptoms of depression.

Since depression is a health problem, there are symptoms. Again, they are the following:

1. Continious “empty” feeling

2. Serious hopelessness

3. Feeling guilty and worthless all the time

4. Lack or loss of interests in activities that used to bring joy to the person and this includes sex.

5. Visible fatigue

6. Has a difficult time {making|taking decisions

7. Development of sleeping problems

8. Loss of appetite and drastic weight change or loss

9. Suicidal attempts plus thoughts.

10. Pronounced becoming easily irritated

11. Physical aches and pains which have no physiological basis

Fortunately at the end of this dark canal called depression, there is great hope. Treatment is available in three types: psychotherapy, antidepressant medicine and the combination of the two. There are also times when electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and light therapy are employed.

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