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The State of Depression

19 Feb

This article on http://www.weather.com was rather interesting until the last page.

The 10 Most Depressing States in the U.S.

To summarize, it lists (rather irresponsibly and), alphabetically, indicators of what makes these states possibly depressive to live in.  Things like poor economy, high unemployment rate, poor health statistics, etc.  I was rather intrigued by these statistics until I read the last page, listed for West Virginia:

The Mountain State is ranked last or next-to-last in every mental-health category on our list, including the average number of “mentally unhealthy” days residents have per month and the percentage of people who experience frequent mental distress (15%).

One reason may be that roughly two-thirds of West Virginians live in rural areas, where both steady jobs and access to mental health care can be hard to come by. A 2000 study found that while nearly 1 in 3 residents living in rural areas had “a high level” of depression symptoms, almost half had never been treated for the condition by any doctor, let alone a psychiatrist or mental-health specialist.

I think the most interesting sentence there is the one listing their supposition behind these markers for frequent mental distress: these people live in rural areas where almost half had never been treated for their conditions by any doctor, psychiatrist or mental-health specialist.

Doesn’t this seem a bit arrogant to you?

I can see one side of the coin, and probably how it was meant, that it is a largely agrarian, mining, and industrial society that has incredibly sparse access to the luxury of a mental health physician…but the other side of the coin?

Are they really implying that rural society must be depressed because they are rural?  That’s how this last page read to me.  Not to mention that it was incredibly irresponsible to make a LIST of the most depressing states for those states to see.  Gee, let’s just tell people how sick they are! (and watch the money roll in for the medical profession, I think?)

Look at that last sentence.  “1 in 3 residents living in rural areas had a ‘high level’ of depression symptoms“.  Where are the actual numbers stating that these people have depression?  I can sigh and have a bad day, but maybe I just stubbed my toe.  Does that mean I’m depressed?  Maybe I’m having trouble making my checkbook balance and my kid’s clothes weren’t completely dry before sending them off to school today so they might catch cold before the day’s out.  With winter storms like we’ve been having, every day being cloudy and rainy and snowy…YEAH, I’m going to look depressed, but that doesn’t mean I am clinically or chronically depressed to the point where I need help.  You can observe many points where I might look like I need medical attention, but I can look on Webmd.com all day long and find symptoms I’m sick with, too.  That doesn’t mean I’m really sick.  I can write an entire thesis on the supposed connection between strep throat carriers and autistic children, but it doesn’t mean it’s true.

My point is, the medical profession and their researchers are becoming increasingly arrogant to believe that just because they say something is so, we need to believe it and never question them.  I know this is one report and one article, but honestly, how many times do you read or see some kind of advertisement that wants you to try something new, simply because you “might” be expressing those symptoms?

THAT’S unhealthy, and something incredibly arrogant in the current pharmaceutical and medical professions.

I leave you with this:  Please don’t hesitate to question your doctors.  They are human and second opinions are well-respected.  Don’t fall for this claptrap that someone puts online about “depressing states”.  If you feel depressed, yes of course, get whatever help you need and I’m sure you (and especially West Virginia) have a medical professional or at least a counselor within at least 100 miles that can help.  Do not forget the power of friends and family, or if you’re religious, the higher power of your faith.

What have you seen recently that has been a solid representation of irresponsible medical advertising?

Go. Bid. Now! Save the Manatees!

31 Jan Froggy Dolls!

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I’ve got thoughts galore, but nothing to say…so I bring you Asparagus!

19 Jan

I’ve been thinking about the storyline I hinted at in my previous post, writing my outline, detailing it, getting the ideas down.  This is the first time that I’ve been successful at writing an outline for a story, you know.  I usually wing it (NO! you gasp-you could never tell!) LOL

Usually, when I get in this kind of thought process (creation) my mind starts creating in other ways as well (ie: recipes!) SO: I bring you a recipe I made last night when I couldn’t find a satisfactory Asparagus soup one online.

Honestly, not even Emeril or Food Network, or even (shudder) Paula.  Nobody had an Asparagus soup recipe I felt was truly living up to the yumminess of that vegetable.  So I tried my own.  I think I did well, and I think I can improve, so here you go with the recipe and my thoughts on improving it in the future:

Dena’s Asparagus Soup:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 asparagus, cut into 3/4″ pieces

1 tbsp salt
1/4 c. butter
2 cloves garlic
handful fresh chard, chopped
handful fresh chives, chopped
1/2 tsp. honey
1 tbsp peanut oil
one 3″slice unsulfured, unsmoked bacon
3/4 c. honut nut cream cheese (or just plain cream cheese)
2-3 c.water
1 tbsp. cracked pepper

Take the first 9 ingredients and sautee them in a stock pot until the chard wilts really well, just before the butter and oil start to dry out.  Add in the water and bring to a simmer.  Add in the cream cheese and stir A LOT.  Once warmed again, add in the pepper.  You should have a creamy, slightly watery looking soup with green/oily floaties.  (yum, right? lol)  Bring to a boil, then drop down to a simmer, stirring occasionally to keep from sticking/burning at the bottom of the pan.  This yielded about four bowls of soup for me, and was ready in about 30-45 mins.  I actually cooked it for another 45 mins to reduce it a bit further, but it wasn’t necessary.  It tasted the same after 30 mins as it did after an hour and a half, just the asparagus was softer.  You choose.  I was waiting on my dinner partner ;)

Things I think I could have done to make it better: use half-half to cut the water, add mushrooms, use more butter to cut the peanut oil, smaller garlic (I didn’t use a mincer, I just cut it up by hand and it was making things a bit spicy), no nuts-or walnuts instead of pecans, using goat cheese instead of cream cheese, add parmesan.

So, what do you think? :)

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