Depression, Anxiety, and Anger Are Treatable
When I was a kid, we didn’t have restless leg syndrome, dry-eye syndrome, acid reflux disease, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Autism was not listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders until 1980. The only people who suffered from depression were overly dramatic artists who wrote tragic autobiographies. People called them cry babies, and those who suffered from anxiety merited an eye roll. They all were “high strung.”
What we did have back then was the cure-all “suck it up.” Sucking it up was the mother of all home remedies, and it was applied liberally everywhere and for everything.
Today, however, there is great interest in the medical community regarding the precise identification and naming of every possible malady. In many cases this seems like little more than a shameless, “big pharma” grab for money. In other cases, it seems to be worthwhile science, intended to relieve genuine suffering.