Is Money (or Lack of it, or Too Much of it) a Cause of Depression?

For me, it’s not so much having or not having money, but the options for pursuit of it that makes the difference in depression or optimism. I’ve been on both ends, at the bottom of the pit wondering how my husband and I would feed our kids and where we would live, to digging our way out. I was so depressed that I couldn’t get out of bed for two years.

We both started out with, not silver spoons, but matched stainless steel ones. We started off with gifts of china and silver from our parents and their friends, who taught us how to register at Sak’s 5th Avenue, and then grew up and lost it all. Someone else wanted it, so a court obliged them.

I am proud of how we were able to shift the course of our lives, and that our priorities focused on how to raise our children to land on their feet anywhere and be able to take care of themselves and their families, and to provide for ourselves in retirement, which we are now facing. 사설토토사이트

The short answer to the question is, absolutely, especially in the society in which we choose to live. It isn’t that we have to keep up with the Joneses or spend money just to spend it, but because we are, fundamentally, creatures of comfort. The thought of moving backwards, literally, once you have experienced being a “have” to a “have not,” to some, including me, is intolerable. I don’t like being depressed, moving backwards or giving up anything I desire, so I find ways to pay for what I want. I get to be creative, think outside the box, meet new people, exercise new ideas, send up a few trial balloons and pop a few, but it keeps me out of bed for years on end.

On the other hand, the thought of winning the Powerball Lottery makes me even nutsier than not having money. I have a theory that people who are “paid” fortunes for their contributions, like movie stars (especially young ones), or stellar athletes, have so much of it that there is no where else to go to get satisfaction from anything. What is life, after all, without goals? I find Angelina Jolie refreshing, because all of her wealth can’t fix the poverty and tragedy with which she surrounds herself. Those who are constantly running afoul of the law because of drugs, alcohol and other non-financial diversions, are looking for structure that goals provide.

Please donate Powerball winnings in my name if you must, keep the wolf far from my door, I’ll keep finding new goals after I’ve achieved the old ones, and if you do the same, we won’t have the time or inclination to be depressed.

 

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