Ah the sweet, cloying, stink of corruption

Fear and Loathing in Great Britain

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A letter a day to number 10. No 1,432

Friday 13 May 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Ah corruption. It’s a funny old thing, even the police couldn’t believe that the UK government could act against the best interests of the people. In one of my attempts to report the DWP for human rights abuses I was sent on my way without the evidence I had with me even being glanced at. I am not suggesting the police were corrupt in that instance, although they were definitely naive, but I had brought evidence of appalling abuses of power by the DWP, a government department hopelessly corrupt in its malicious attacks on poor, sick and disabled people.

As the worst government in UK history, how can people tell that you are corrupt? The daily onslaught of news is full of lies and spin and real journalism in the main stream media is…

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The Truth About Depression

To kick off the New Year I decided to share a link to an award-winning BBC documentary by Stephen Nolan, a film maker for BBC Northern Ireland.

Below is an excerpt from the Truth about Depression with a link to the YouTube Video.

Depression is not the normal feelings of sadness that one has in response to adverse events.

It is normal to intensely grieve the loss of a pet.

It is not normal to intensely grieve it for years.

Thousands of us will have a serious depressive episode; stigma will force many of us to hide the illness and to perhaps die from it without seeking treatment.

The stigma attached to depression, as with the stigma attached to most major and life threatening mental illnesses is that we who have them  are weak or attention seeking.

Depression affects the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for memory and emotion.

Neuroimaging imaging shows that the hippocampus of people who experience chronic and untreated depression shrinks by about 25 percent.

Neuroimaging  also shows that when treatment works the hippocampus returns to normal size and functioning.

There is no one treatment that works for everyone.

Some people benefit from chemotherapy in the form of antidepressants.

Some people benefit from psychotherapy.

Some people benefit from behavioral interventions.

Some people, especially people for whom all else fails, benefit from electroconvulsive therapy.

Most people benefit from combined treatment approaches.

I think Nolan sums it up best: “For those of you who are doubters, there is evidence that depression actually exists in the brain.”

The Truth about Depression, Full Documentary