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Depression Promotion in Consumer Advocacy: Sick Brains, Scrutinized Behavior, and Self-Healing
Unformatted Document Text:  14 materials. This literature tends to denote psychopharmacology as the solution, and supports activities of “self-esteem” promotion and “stigma” fighting. The groups work to ensure that new depression research fits the standard mold, by circulating pharmaceutical monies as research grants. 17 Many provide consumers referrals to legal resources and hospitals, pharmaceutical drug access, and various on-line and in-person support groups, that link consumers to dominant depression information. With the authority of national Many of these advocacy groups offer self-help in the fight against depression. These include the National Foundation For Depressive Illness (NAFDI; http://www.depression.org/) the National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association (NDMDA; http://www.ndmda.org/) and the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD; http://www.mhsource.com/narsad/),), founded by the first three. Also, the National Mental Health Consumer’s Self-help Clearing House (NMHCA; http://www.mhselfhelp.org/) is a dual self-help and advocacy group that provides consumers information on legislative, judicial, and social issues to aid current and former patients in lobbying efforts. These groups seek to empower their consumer base via standard depression script information. Notably, all of the mentioned use the Internet to recruit or serve consumer members and to link consumers to standard depression information. 18 Illustrating its commitment to the script, NDMDA’s homepage declares that “Depression is a treatable illness involving an imbalance of brain chemicals called neurotransmitters”. (http://www.ndmda.org/) Likewise, the NAFDI’s homepage features the following highlighted statements as links to information: “Severe depression is a biochemical illness”, “depression can disrupt, disable and kill”, “people want help”, and then “symptoms are easy to recognize”. (http://www.depression.org/biochem.html ) 19 ” Each site lists the usual symptom list associated with a broad range of depressive behaviors. (http://www.ndmda.org/depression.html#WhatDepression.) The pages also link consumers with the APA, NIMH, the 1999 Surgeon General Report on Mental Health, and other 18 These links include groups including National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), National Depressive and Manic Depressive Association, (NDMDA), the National Mental Health Association, and others, including NAMI. 19 While it is noted that severe” depression is a biochemical imbalance, the NAFDA later declares that 35- 40 million Americans suffer major depression in their lifetime, thus relying on data gathered by broad-spectrum criteria that pulls in those with depressed symptoms.

Authors: Gardner, Paula.
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materials. This literature tends to denote psychopharmacology as the solution, and supports activities of
“self-esteem” promotion and “stigma” fighting. The groups work to ensure that new depression research fits
the standard mold, by circulating pharmaceutical monies as research grants.
17
Many provide consumers
referrals to legal resources and hospitals, pharmaceutical drug access, and various on-line and in-person
support groups, that link consumers to dominant depression information. With the authority of national
Many of these advocacy groups offer self-help in the fight against depression. These include the
National Foundation For Depressive Illness (NAFDI; http://www.depression.org/) the National Depressive
and Manic-Depressive Association (NDMDA; http://www.ndmda.org/) and the National Alliance for
Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD; http://www.mhsource.com/narsad/),), founded by
the first three. Also, the National Mental Health Consumer’s Self-help Clearing House (NMHCA;
http://www.mhselfhelp.org/) is a dual self-help and advocacy group that provides consumers information
on legislative, judicial, and social issues to aid current and former patients in lobbying efforts. These groups
seek to empower their consumer base via standard depression script information. Notably, all of the
mentioned use the Internet to recruit or serve consumer members and to link consumers to standard
depression information.
18
Illustrating its commitment to the script, NDMDA’s homepage declares that
“Depression is a treatable illness involving an imbalance of brain chemicals called neurotransmitters”.
(http://www.ndmda.org/) Likewise, the NAFDI’s homepage features the following highlighted statements
as links to information: “Severe depression is a biochemical illness”, “depression can disrupt, disable and
kill”, “people want help”, and then “symptoms are easy to recognize”.
(http://www.depression.org/biochem.html
)
19
” Each site lists the usual symptom list associated with a broad
range of depressive behaviors. (http://www.ndmda.org/depression.html#WhatDepression.) The pages also
link consumers with the APA, NIMH, the 1999 Surgeon General Report on Mental Health, and other
18
These links include groups including National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), National Depressive
and Manic Depressive Association, (NDMDA), the National Mental Health Association, and others,
including NAMI.
19
While it is noted that severe” depression is a biochemical imbalance, the NAFDA later declares that 35-
40 million Americans suffer major depression in their lifetime, thus relying on data gathered by broad-
spectrum criteria that pulls in those with depressed symptoms.


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