I'm guessing there's going to be a lot of talk on the news about depression this weekend.. but yeah, I have the feeling that there's some pretty harmful beliefs going around. For a start, there's the belief that you CANNOT control depression (or alcoholism, or every other mental disorder, for the matter), and that your only option is to book some $250 per hour appointment to see a therapist.. or talk to some suicide hotline, that .. quite frankly, doesn't consider you anything special, because it's basically just some under-paid social workers sitting at a call center with sore assholes.. who are trained to mass-answer some phone calls and tell you some generic messages about why life doesn't suck. We'll get some things straight, of course. The brain is like any other organ - and like any other organ, it can fail, surprise surprise...!! Yes, depression is the result of a brain disorder. Actually, it's not as much of a disorder as it is an Evolutionary (mis)adaptation, as is the case with ADHD.. considering how widespread both 'diseases' are. The Evolutionary Advantage of Depression Consider yourself lucky if you only have depression.. and not schizophrenia, or parkinson's, or down syndrome.. because while there's gonna be a lot of aspects of your life that you cannot control ... most depressed people are still very much self-aware and intelligent enough to make it through everyday life. Controlling depression really is all about listening to what the body is trying to tell you. We didn't evolve to sit around in an office under fluorescent light thinking about problems like bills, shitty co-workers .. ... we didn't evolve to drive around in some steel cage and sit in traffic for 30 minutes a day. Not saying that we should all go back to the stone age .. I love technology, the more technology the better. But the human body unfortunately has some very basic needs that we are neglecting with our modern lifestyles. Of course, there's far more to this mystery than just .. 'getting out of your house and going to the gym and going for a run around the block and eating healthy' .. that's only doing 10% of the work. Depression Among Entrepreneurs is an Epidemic Nobody is Talking About There's actually been some studies going around talking about how successful people are more likely to exhibit mood disorders like bipolar, deperssion and ADHD. That's not because Money makes you miserable .. but more to do with the fact that, mood disorders can often create the mindset and give you the fuel that is necessary to succeed in life against all odds. So really, the first thing you should be doing if you become a millionaire, is .. keep playing the game, keep setting goals and achieving them one by one. Keep making more money until you start a space station and send people to mars. Depression really is just the body's way of reminding you that you are standing still .. that there's greener pastures, that what you have is not enough .. but that doesn't make you greedy or ungrateful .. it just means you're ambitious. Ambition is the reason we have electricity, the internet, satellites, etc. If you don't feed that ambition, you die. That's why so many successful people have depression.. but the ones who gave up and committed suicide are the ones who stood still . . and let their thoughts take over, instead of keeping the engine running. Gotta keep going, gotta keep occupied.