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Tied to the Railroad Tracks of Life Its feeling of one being tied to railroad tracks stuck and distressed The person desperately wanting help but does not know what heshe can do Depression affects many people tied to their own railroad tracks These people want something or someone to help get them off the tracks before the train comes Being tied to railroad tracks or depression does not have to be caused by drugalcohol abuse and does not always denote suicidal temptations but it is the feeling of hopelessness and confusion People today think depression is only caused by drug or alcohol abuse and results in suicide Any normal person cannot be depressed just somewhat unhappy to these people This belief is wrong In many cases of depression involving drugs or alcohol the person who is suffering was depressed before heshe started hisher substance abuse An example of this is shown in the movie Girl Interrupted A young woman was sent to a mental hospital by her parents for swallowing a bottles worth or aspirin washed down by alcohol Doctors diagnosed her as a borderline who was basically someone who is depressed As the movie develops the reasoning for her depression was that she wanted to be a writer But in the 60s it was not very acceptable for women to have their own opinion so she felt trapped Everyone else thought she just had a substance abuse problem and that was the cause of her depression She went through therapy and she did not resort to suicide Another example that proves drugs and alcohol abuse does not always cause depression is in the movie Forrest Gump Forrest had a lifelong friend Jenny whom he always had a crush on When Jenny was a child Forrest discovered one day that her dad abused Jenny and her sisters when he went over to her house Years later Jenny used drugs and alcohol with her boyfriend
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