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EastEnders: how realistic is the character Ian Beale’s mental breakdown?


tinkerbell | 17-Sep-2012 3:55 pm I was depressed, for most of 2009 and probably at least half of 2010. I know you are joking, and Eastenders is perhaps depressing, but I think Eastenders only adds to 'general grumpiness' in its viewers, if it 'depresses' them. I didn't volunteer to become depressed, my depression was apparently a bit unusual judging by a chance conversation I had last week (because I knew exactly who had caused my depression, it wasn't me, and therefore I never balmed myself for being depressed; apparently a lot of people do blame themselves, and I suppose if 'life in general' made you become depressed, you might blame yourself). My conversation was with someone providing stop-smoking help, but it was in a library, her door's signage was unclear, and outside I had been reading a booklet about depression. I did have a question (you've perhaps worked out how my brain finds questions by now) about CBT. Perhaps someone who works with depression, can answer it ? The question (of general academic interest to me) is this: Are those people who were optimists before their depression, more likely to accept CBT than those people who were realist/pessimist ? I wondered, because as well as 'depression', I'm sure there was some 'Pavlovian reshaping' interlinked, for my own experience. So I do believe, that it is possible to rewire your brain, by means of a combination of emotions and thoughts (I'm not so sure about, thoughts alone). But I instinctively don't like 'deliberately messing about with my brain' - but I was never particulary optimistic before being depressed, and if someone had said then 'do this - it makes you feel happier' (CBT) I wouldn't have gone for it, on 'mindset/attitude' grounds. By the way, having experienced depression, I can say that I definitely don't recommend it !

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18 September, 2012

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3:54 pm