I’ll begin by saying…

August 14, 2006 at 12:41 PM (Marriage, Pseudo-Science) ()

Even though I think marriage is cool….

Marriage is also crazy difficult sometimes.

I had a complicated one, and both people in the best marriages I know of (more than 15 years, stable, no infidelity as far as I know….even they said that while they were happy doing the work needed to keep the marriage a vibrant and growing concern, that even keeping a ‘good’ marriage together is not for the faint of heart.

Well, now, there’s been a study done…

If you’re depressed….get hitched! (Hat tip to “Shakespeare’s Sister)

I figure the positives in any marriage would alleviate symptoms in the short term.

But in the long run…

Marrying someone to ‘feel better?’

Nope.

For the uneducated out in the ether:

Depression, in many cases, is a *medical* condition….shrinks and endocrinologists could give you good stories (with graphs and other visual aids) that tells you, that, in some people, much of depression is caused by a chemical imbalance.

When I found this out, I said “Well duh, that’s why the world’s been going to hell *every fall* right on schedule *independent of* whether an objective observer would have told me my life was fine.

Situations *definitely* have an impact, but for those whith chemical depression, the imbalance at the root of the problem cannot be moved by cheesy ‘affirmations,” a couple of decent hugs, a puppy, or even a full bank account…or being loved like crazy by someone who thinks you hung the moon…

Marrying will not stop that…so what a nutty way to publish their conclusions.

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2 Comments

  1. The Goldfish said,

    This studies are always simplified beyond comprehension. After all, they did not identify people with persistant clinical depression as diagnosed by a psychiatrist. They measured symptoms which probably means a tick-box questionnaire with things like; “Do you often feel very tired?” and “Do you often feel very sad?”

    We know that marriage is good for all sorts of physical health outcomes. However, we don’t say “Marriage cures cancer.”

  2. The Goldfish said,

    This studies are always simplified beyond comprehension. After all, they did not identify people with persistant clinical depression as diagnosed by a psychiatrist. They measured symptoms which probably means a tick-box questionnaire with things like; “Do you often feel very tired?” and “Do you often feel very sad?”

    We know that marriage is good for all sorts of physical health outcomes. However, we don’t say “Marriage cures cancer.”

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