'Generalised Existential Melancholia'.
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Generalised Existential Melancholia(GEM)
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For other types of depression, see Mood disorder.
Generalised Existential Melancholia (GEM) (also known as Generalised Depressive Malaise Syndrome, GDMS) is a mental disorder characterized by a pervasive and persistent low mood that is accompanied by low self-esteem and by a loss of interest or pleasure in normally enjoyable activities. These behaviours arise due to specific changes in the normal social functioning of a human. Where the person is no longer able to cope in a world where all is provided without requiring employment or work. The term "depression" and "melancholia" are used in a number of different ways. They are often used to mean this syndrome but may refer to other mood disorders or simply to a low mood. GEM is a disabling condition that adversely affects a person's family, work or school life, sleeping and eating habits, and general health. In the United States, around 8.9% of people with GEM commit suicide, and up to 10% of people who commit suicide had this particular depressive condition alone.
'All life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish, and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today.'
- Pope Paul VI
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The condition came into being in 2086, when it was discovered in a small selection of individuals in a particular affluent retirement village in Central Victoria, Australia. Soon after it became highly prevalent. The various mental health groups adjusted their mental health assessments to take more consideration of situational influences on mental health.
It was a self-diagnosis that gave the condition name and put it into the spotlight.It was the experience of the retired psychiatrist living in the village, Dr Svend Heough. He was in his fifties and since his retirement his mental capacity had diminished quickly. Forced to retire at forty five years old, the doctor realised how much of his life consisted of work. That his identity was his profession.
Dr Heough contemplated this mental state over five years, observing and reporting on how his cognitive patterns changed. He labelled and categorised the main signs himself before committing suicide. These medical papers are the basis for what is know recognised as Generalised Existential Melancholia or GEM. Though to understand the impact and severity of the technological march and how it effected the collective human psyche, a knowledge of the history of the Automated Human Labour Movement is needed. After the troubles of this period subsided and rioting became less prevalent, the disgruntled citizens went back to their confusing lives.
At the time of his retirement Dr Heough was prominent member in the international psychiatry community. Robotic Assimilation Law (RAL) dictated that humans could no longer work past the age of forty five due to the shortage of jobs. Even with the worldwide mandate for every business having a minimum of twenty percent of their workforce organic based, it did not come close to having everyone continually employed.
'A good job is more than just a paycheck. A good job fosters independence and discipline, and contributes to the health of the community. A good job is a means to provide for the health and welfare of your family, to own a home, and save for retirement'.
- James H. Douglas, Jr.
The fallout of the robotic revolution was not a total disaster. Humanity coped as it has in the past and the masses adapted. Free time was spent in various ways; some nefarious but most peaceable. More time spent with family, friends, activities, creation, etc. Many struggled with ennui. For many the struggle was too much.
1.1. History: Recognition and entry into the DSM - XI (2088)
'There is no substitute for hard work'
- Thomas A. Edison
Over time there was a growing population of humanity who were not coping with this situation. It was not anger or resentment but apathy and despair. After Dr. Heough's tragic example people began taking note. The DSM - XI released in 2088 had the new condition, amoungst a few other additions, listed as:
'Generalised Depressive Malaise Syndrome refers to the condition characterised by the main symptoms of a major depressive disorder. However it is set apart due to its universal characteristic of increased levels of cultural shock and future shock; where the individual is unable to cope with the advancement of society and technology. Often these individuals will rapidly lose any volition and enjoyment of life on reaching early to middle adulthood. DSM criteria used to classify the individuals are as follows. The individual must fall within the following three criteria:
As required by the DSM sponsors, “there are always new advancements in Genetic Pharmaco-therapies©, property of Pharmagiana®, are available. There is always someone there to help”'. The initial name Generalised Depressive Malaise Syndrome is used in the first entry. The name changed in 2093 as the term 'malaise' was interpreted widely as lazy and the psychiatric community decided that re-branding was necessary. it was especially important due to the negative press the condition received from the various antagonistic groups around the globe; in particular Djstopia.
1.2 History of Dissent
Many people were uninterested in the teachings and treatment of the psychiatric community. The colony of Djstopia was started close by the area in Central Victoria where the GEM disorder was initially observed. The Leader, Gillian Dreyfus, was opposed to the idea that GEM was a condition, rather it was the natural human reacting to the future of his species. Plato of ancient Greece saw man at the time and reasoned that:
'The beginning is the most important part of the work'
The leader of Djstopia and twenty first century spoken word poet, author, black belt ninjitsu expert, astrophysict, cowboy Gillian Dreyfus was recording saying in a very delayed response:
'What if there is no beginning? What is to be done on the way to the end?'
The society was formed on my of the ideas of naturalism, anti-technology and self-sustenance and permaculture. Djstopia attracted many of the alternative characters around the area, and later the world, who were influenced by the societies message of....
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