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Is Being with People the Best Medicine?

Marlene Geiser

Posted on May 29, 2017 11:34

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I have been searching for an answer to how one can find a way to help themselves deal with depression. Here is a suggestion I would like to share with the readers of TLTs. It is motivated by a need to share what I have come to believe may well be true.

This evening my husband and I invited two people to have dinner with us. Our goal was to try to match up two lonely folks, both of whom appear to need friends. They spend a great deal of time alone, and one has to wonder if that isn’t a terrible mistake.

We are two very senior folk, who spend a great deal of time alone. The product of that lifestyle appears to create tension and deprive us of what human beings really appear to need. That is the companionship of others outside of their immediate household.

Unfortunately, our effort was not the success we had anticipated. They weren’t right for one another. However, oddly enough I discovered that being with people helped me to rid myself of the depression from which I so often suffer.

I am no doctor, but I am a human being who is constantly looking for my own answers to problems that I face daily. Suffering with depression appears to be best treated with conversation and laughter. I am not suggesting that medicine isn’t appropriate for some of us. However, what occurred to me this evening was that perhaps one of the major problems from which we suffer is the need to be with others.

Television, although a pleasant diversion for many, is still a solitary experience much of the time. What I had come to recognize before was that when I walked into a casino and heard the music and noise, saw the people, I suddenly felt I was not alone. This has happened to me many times. Playing Bingo, although one generally loses, is still another way in which we can leave the sense of loneliness behind, and share an hour with other people.

I’ll bet that this problem isn’t new to this generation. One has to wonder whether the caveman didn’t suffer the same sense of isolation, and staying in the cave had to have been saddening for him. Even dogs and cats seem to need companionship. Birds appear to communicate with one another. Fish swim in schools, and ants live in hills. Bees make their homes in a hive, and the more one thinks about it, all creatures be they human or not, crave the company of others.

Why do we humans try to find surcease from loneliness sitting in front of a television set? Does shopping serve to provide the opportunity to do something with others? All I seem to find are questions, but this search upon which I have embarked may be telling me something important.

My daughter and I have been sending e-mails to one another lately in which we have discussed how her perspective on life has changed since she has started communicating via e-mail with people who live all over. Sharing would appear to provide that certain something all of us need. Perhaps this is a thought worth pursuing. If we can laugh with another is that the answer?

Marlene Geiser

Posted on May 29, 2017 11:34

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