The Connection Between Deep Thinkers and Depression: My Observations
Have you often wondered who the person was at the party who sat somewhat silently and mysteriously? They seem so deep and full of thought. Then you wonder, who is that person tearing up the dance floor? The person who doesn't seem to have a care in the world. They seem like they are having so much fun and are so carefree.
Do you fit into either one of these categories? I am sure you do, because we all do to some extent. The question is, are you more likely to be depressed if you have more philosophical/analytical thinking patterns?
The Carefree vs. Philosophical Person
First of all, we must acknowledge the fact that genetics do play a role in all of this. Even the most carefree person could have a genetic predisposition to depression. However, a carefree person may not have philosophical tendencies. Will they still be depressed? If it's a chemical imbalance, then yes, they probably will be. If it's not, will they still be depressed? Possibly, depending on their situation. Ultimately, the deep thinkers will suffer from depression more frequently than those who don't think deep.
Why is this? Well, people who think on a more philosophical level often question everything. What is the meaning of life? What is the universal truth? Who am I? There are no answers to these questions. There are people who just believe what they have been told their entire lives, without questioning anything. In fact, people who just believe what they are told may have a genetic predisposition to depression, but their faith overpowers the depression. For example, a person who is brought up Catholic may be prone to depression, but it may never surface because they don't need to question anything. They are not worried about the meaning of life or why they are here. That question is answered, because God is the meaning of life. Their duty is to serve him. Ideas like this are wonderful because there's no questioning behind it. If you live your life to serve God you are rewarded in the afterlife by never ending happiness. (Quick note: Please don't think that I don't believe in God). How can life be this simple? If life were as simple as this, would there be one universal religion? One universal way of being? One universal truth? No, there are millions of different religions out there. How do you know which one is correct? Are your beliefs based on your family's beliefs? They most certainly are. That's not to say that ALL people with a belief do not think deeply or do not truly believe what they believe in, but some people just believe what they are taught. Look at the different religions around the world. If you were born in a different country you would believe in the religion that is taught in that country.
Some people are just happy to be alive. They have normal worries and concerns like everyone else, but they are happy with the way things are. They accept what is and just live life. Given the circumstances, these people are less likely to be depressed.
My Own Experience
Here is the irony: I am clinically depressed and take medication on a daily basis in order to function properly in society. I am a deep thinker and tend to question the world and everything around me. When I am depressed, I don't think like this as much as I do when I am not depressed. This contradicts strongly with what I have written in the above paragraphs, but I truly do believe there's a connection between all of this. Is it possible that it's just my personality? I was never the happy go lucky person who didn't care about anything. I have always been negative, a deep thinker, etc. My reasoning behind why I think more about these types of questions when I am not depressed is because when I am depressed I have no energy to do anything. So, I clearly do not have energy to waste thinking about the questions of life. When I am not depressed, I have the energy to do the things that I enjoy. I enjoy thinking about philosophical ideas and questions. I am still a negative human being when I am not depressed, so this is just my personality.
In essence, every human being is different. I think there is a connection between depression and philosophical thinking, but personality plays a role. It's possible that a negative and introverted person has more philosophical tendencies and is more prone to depression.