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Carrying a burden of guilt and inadequacy, you’re not going to be too happy. And where did you pick up that load? From a delusion that you’ve already arrived.

Face up to where you really are. Start your climb from there.

And when you do good, celebrate.

From the wisdom of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of righteous memory; words and condensation by Rabbi Tzvi Freeman. To order Rabbi Freeman’s book, Bringing Heaven Down to Earth, click here.
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February 18, 2013
HUMBLE JOY
fascinating. having not read all of the comments yet, this post brought to mind an important decision in my life, personally. it seemed my parents, teachers, associates thought and expected me to achieve great heights as far as successes, importance, etc. not reaching those expectations? very depressing. feeling like a failure to so many? very depressing. ...until one day 40 years later, it dawned on me - no one really knew me!!!! and that gave me the freedom to accept myself with limitations and all. what great joy that was -- and is!!!
valerie
ohio
February 18, 2013
majority
In reality, I think that making a good living and having money trumps faith.

I am not disappointed. I feel good. I am probably celebrating without knowing it.

I agree with philadelphia. pa. Depression is a disease just like cancer. Cancer does not stem from self-delusion. But the DD does express a caveat by using the word ' most '. I am not qualified to quantify.
Anonymous
February 18, 2013
Depression
While it is a fact all of us do experience some form of depression whether Clinical or from certain circumstances, it is also a fact that when we quiet down our soul in prayer depression seems to subside from us. If we persist in prayer before G-D then depression must leave us so that the Joy of the LORD may fill our hearts and souls and we rejoice with gladness before the LORD with the Joy HE has for us.
Gavir Hanita Hazaka Abir Sellek 2nd
Canada
February 18, 2013
Depression
I am a psychiatrist who treats severe depression every day. Nobody wants this malady, and it is clearly a chemical and brain disorder that afflicts millions. Modern drugs have made a huge difference in millions of people's lives - the wisdom of the Rebbe Shneerson however is solace and inspiring, because he speaks the truth about life. Teaching people with depression and using his wisdom about what life really is about, provides a comfort and self esteem for people when nothing else does. I have found that traditional psychotherapy never addresses the true nature of life - that we are holy and spiritual beings, created in the image of G-d and this gives the person suffering hope and belief in themselves. For a non jewish person, one does not have to invoke the Rebbe name - but the wisdom he has brought into this world. I have found his teachings invaluable in treatment of depression. One can use both modalities in treatment, bringing immense comfort to those that suffer with depression
Deborah Schiff
Boston
February 18, 2013
Reboot
For many people this is what's known as "re-born" and is usually done when someone is at a mental rock bottom. No more than G-d rebooting the soul from the pits and depths of misunderstandings of who or what a person is designed for.

This is usually when the ego takes over and creates more havoc within the soul which creates more delusions of grandeur.
John Smith
FL
March 7, 2012
A non-Jewish Widowed South African Woman's View
Rabbi Schneerson couldnt have expressed his view with more wisdom when responding to the "nurse and medical research" person. I believe very strongly that its the pharmaceutical industries who "convince" people they are ill by creating fear via their advertising on every channel & boy, do these adverts come at you fast & furiously. My son & I get so irritated & are shocked at how little of a movie we can watch because every break (& there are many) is throwing medication down our throats with such awful side effects that we wonder why anyone would want to take medication at all.

Get to the root of the problem! We're all blessed with strong, powerful & beautiful minds that we simply dont use. The pharmaceutical industry are the drug dealers! They put my son of 9yrs on Vicodin when he broke his little finger soon after arriving to the US. I had never heard of Vicodin & would never have allowed him to take these if I knew how dangerous these were!

Today he is fighting heroin addiction!
Louise McReynolds
Encino, Los Angeles
July 4, 2011
Haughtiness/Depression/You have it wrong
Given that I am a giving individual as my career is nursing and medical research, I totally disagree with your commentary/printing on "much of depression stems from haughtiness" Whoever wrote this, is ignorant to the inner-workings of our mind. Depression is Not mind over matter or does it go away with one giving up their "haughtiness" It is a disease process that occurs in 12 million Americans alone, not to mention millions more around the world. It is a biological, situational, chemical, brain/mind altering thief that robs one of many moments of true happiness. When Major Depressive Disorder hits, it is NOT the patients fault as implied with haughtiness. Perhaps removal of this statement will keep Jews coming to your site. I doubt it, when one finds a discriminatory statement or act, one typically does not repeat.
Denver RN
Denver, CO
October 12, 2009
Clinical Depression
Sadly, many physicians have created the impression that "all you need is to take these pills and you'll be happy." While it is true that psychotropics have helped many people, they have also caused a considerable number of suicides, especially among adolescents. The horrible "downer" of coming off these pills often proves too much for the subject--never mind the disastrous effects of forgetting to take them for a few days. Many doctors even prescribe anti-depressants for situational depression and post-partum depression--creating thereby a far bigger mess than they started with. Cognitive-behavioral therapy in most cases has proven at least as effective--and without the adjunctive dangers involved.

True, there are many cases where CBT is inapplicable, or only effective in concert with a pharmaceutical solution. But the pharmaceuticals on their own will never be successful in the long term. They must be seen as the springboard to an optimistic attitude and healthy approach to life.
Rabbi Tzvi Freeman
October 12, 2009
To Philadephia, Pa
I wholeheartedly agree. Religion can only help (or destroy) so much. Trained professionals are there for a reason.
Anonymous
Newburgh, Ny
October 12, 2009
To Newburgh, NY
Those that say it is mind over matter about Clinical Depression are just WRONG! Seek professional help. I really feel that is the only way to help ensure success with this disease.
Anonymous
Philadlephia, pa
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