I’ve already written about two of the dreaded companions of many Abductee/Experiencers, fear and paranoia. (Post 154 and Post 159, respectively) Now I’m going to talk about the last of the triple threat, depression.
Wikipedia defines depression as “a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person’s thoughts, behavior, feelings and physical well-being. It may include feelings of sadness, anxiety, emptiness, hopelessness, worthlessness, guilt, irritability, or restlessness.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report regarding the prevalence of depression in the United States. The findings showed that on average 9 percent of the US population met the criteria for depression during the study period, between 2006 and 2008.
Although people outside the UFO contact experience have bouts of depression for any number of reasons, the depressive episodes Abductee/Experiencers under go are ultimately about loosing control of one’s personal life and/or the feeling of being violated. For many Abductee/Experiencers ET contact is (at least at first) a shattering experience. It’s meant to be. Paradigms aren’t shifted easily. A paradigm is supposed to be something that you can rely on, like the ground under your feet. If it shifts unexpectedly, you can lose your balance and fall. This can happen even when a person is unaware of their ET visits, and when it does many react with bouts of depression, sometime clinically severe.
Often these people seek psychiatric help and wind up in their local mental health system, misdiagnosed (usually with Bipolar Disorder1) and taking psychotropic prescription medications. If you suspect that your depression, which might be cyclic in nature, is due to ET contact experiences (especially if you don’t have the corresponding “highs” that characterize true Bipolar Disorder), then I suggest that you don’t go down that road. It’s likely to be a dead end and it won’t be easy to turn around and go back, once you’re in the system. A diagnosis of mental illness can haunt you for a lifetime. Don’t go there if you don’t have to.
That is, of course, unless you’re feeling suicidal. If that’s the case, then by all means seek professional help. Once you’re feeling better you can decide what to do, but such thoughts are hard to shake off. Call 911 right away. Don’t delay!
It may not just be the ETs that have you depressed. In an entry to my UFO journal dated August 5, 1994, I reported a new round of depression that perplexed me at the time as to the cause.
“The old cycles of anxiety and depression have returned. But why? I had been free of them for several months now. I credited my recovery to a combination of good hypnotherapy and my having accepted the reality of my double life [with ETs]. I have even come to regard the visitors as my friends. So why am I now suddenly back at square one?”
At the time I wasn’t aware that humans were also taking me in the night. It was only three months later that I found that out. Afterwards I put two and two together and came up with . . . Majestic.2
But regardless of the reason, how can one cope with depression if not with pharmaceuticals? I found early on that writing about what was happening to me helped immensely. My UFO journal kept me sane. I strongly recommend that all Abductee/Experiencers keep a diary. Rereading it now and then can keep you grounded, and it helps to be reminded of how you got to where you are.
Support groups are another way to combat depression for the Abductee/Experiencer. Being with those who understand and hearing their similar stories can help pull one from the depths of despair. If a UFO support group is unavailable in your area, OPUS3 facilitates one online, where one email goes to everyone in the group, and you can respond or not depending on how you feel.
1 In my opinion, one of the overly misdiagnosed conditions is “bipolar disorder,” or what used to be called “manic depressive syndrome. This is a mental imbalance defined by alternating periods of elevated mood and energy levels with periods of depression. Genetic factors are thought to contribute substantially to the likelihood of developing bipolar disorder, and environmental factors are also implicated.
Unfortunately, at least in the United States, medicine is all about money and that also contributes to misdiagnosis. There’s lots of money to be made with any long tern illness, physical or mental. The doctor has a guaranteed patient, and the pharmaceutical companies make money from every pill prescribed.
2 Majestic is my term for the organization housed deep inside the intelligence community that is in charge of everything related to UFOs, including the surveillance and harassment of Abductee/Experiencers.
3 Organization for Paranormal Understanding and Support