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Real research on this topic is difficult because of misguided popular search engine algorithms (a topic for another discussion.)  I know from experience spanking can have calming affects on those who are stressed out and the brain's response has been relatively thoroughly studied.  That said I'm sort of biased on the subject but like Mulder I want to believe.  I have seen first had the possitive sometimes even life changing results spanking can have as a tool for behavior modification.  Been a life coach for many years and for those who want to change there is no doubt about how effective a good spanking (or even the treat of one) can be.  I have been told by a few who have tried that it works well for treating depression but I've never applied it for that purpose.  Thoughts? 

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I can't speak from experience, never having tried it and not knowing anyone (as far as I know) who has, but I would think it wouldn't be effective at all. Spanking brings about feelings of euphoria, and the calmness you mention, because it raises endorphins. But what goes up must come down. People also experience major crashes after that spanking euphoria: drop. For someone who's depressed, the drop would make it even worse. And the spanking euphoria would do nothing for their depression in the long run.  It might make them feel better immediately after, but longer after, it would be no better and probably worse.

If they're into spanking for punishment and/or motivation, trying to treat depression that way would only make it worse. For punishments or motivations to work, what you're being punished or motivated for has to be under your control. If it's not, no such tactics will work, and trying them will only make the problem worse. Depression is not under anyone's control. It can't be punished or motivated away.

 

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A thousand times no. 

I mean, doing something you like can always help manage the symptoms of depression.

But it's not a substitute for therapy or any other type of depression treatment. Any more than it would for COVID, or flu or other illnesses. 

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Not a chance. Spanking can do many positive things, but it cannot cure depression or any other psychiatric illness. In fact, it is likely to cause additional problems if someone is really feeling acutely depressed (including a treatment delay while spanking is attempted as a cure).

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I'm no doctor, so take this for what it's worth. First, what is the cause of the regular bouts of depression? I wouldn't use my experience as a prescription for treating anything, but I suffered for years with stretches of depression when I was younger, not knowing why I felt that way. The cause of my depression could have been many things. I was on meds, but weaned myself off of them because I didn't like the side effects. I might have been misdiagnosed, and never had a serious mental disorder, because I was eventually able to find ways to mentally deal with the onset of my depression, and it hasn't been the debilitating problem it once was. I can see where a good relationship that involves spanking might help someone deal with whatever I did, but I wouldn't recommend it as a treatment to replace legitimate science.

 

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I'll have to look into the methodology and underlying logic but I think the target group are those who are suffering from the negative consequenses resulting from their own poor choices.  As something of a naturalist I dislike taking drugs whenever avoidable.  I would think if its a chemical imbalance or mental illness causing the issue there would certainly be better ways.  

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1 hour ago, Capt Hand said:

I'll have to look into the methodology and underlying logic but I think the target group are those who are suffering from the negative consequenses resulting from their own poor choices.  As something of a naturalist I dislike taking drugs whenever avoidable.  I would think if its a chemical imbalance or mental illness causing the issue there would certainly be better ways.  

Depression is a mental illness/chemical imbalance. What you’re describing isn’t depression. There is enough stigma around mental health and taking drugs without adding in excuses for being spanked. If you want to be spanked, then find a way to get spanked! Spanking cannot cure any mental illness, and real depression can be absolutely debilitating. It is different than just feeling sad. 

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There's no way punitive spanking could ever be an effective treatment for depression. For fun spanking could be a bright spot for someone who's into it and depressed (as long as they're not too depressed to enjoy it), but it wouldn't be a cure. However, body work is effective for depression in some cases. That's a little explored avenue that deserves a lot more attention.

I had amazing results from chi nei tsang sessions a while back, when I was experiencing depression along with some mysterious physiological symptoms. The practitioner didn't touch my butt, though!

Takeaway: doing something to the body might help, if it's done by someone who knows what they're doing. But that something probably isn't spanking.

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I have depression as well as suicidal thoughts. No, spanking can't do anything for that. At best, it can cheer you up for a little while, but that's about it. I made the mistake of having a spanking session right after attempting to hurt myself. It wasn't the best idea. 

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22 hours ago, F/m_Spanking_only said:

I have depression as well as suicidal thoughts. No, spanking can't do anything for that. At best, it can cheer you up for a little while, but that's about it. I made the mistake of having a spanking session right after attempting to hurt myself. It wasn't the best idea. 

I worry about you, my friend. Please email me when you feel like this, okay?

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Be extremely careful with depression, so as to avoid compounding the situation by a spanking that doesn't work as you had hoped. It is useful to get serious depression assessed and treated by clinically competent practitioners with experience in the field. They should be able to determine whether the condition is functional or organic and proceed from there.

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I will add my 2 cents ;

I have dealt with depression most of my life, I have seen many professionals ( psychologists, psychiatrists, MSW’s etc..), tried several meds until one seemed to help. There has been many hours of reading self help books, 12 step meetings and so on.

What I came to believe is that probably more than one issue caused these feelings,(duhh🙂)  the one diagnosis was my depression is from ‘Learned Behavior ‘- meaning just that, I learned to survive using thoughts and actions that were not healthy which led to my issues.

i never had the healthy discipline or guidance growing up that was necessary- though not really a bad kid however as some know growing up without accountability can cause problems such as not knowing about boundaries, lack of necessary goals to reach, feeling that I had no direction in life as an adult ( like a ship with out a rudder, it’s very difficult to stay the corse in life)

I sought for several years a Female Material figure that I could feel comfortable with that was wise, understanding and was not sadistic. I have a few Female Tops as friends however it would never feel right because of prior circumstances. ( some feel that to regress to childhood is of no benefit)  I began being a Mentor on the premise that I would be the Parental figure that I felt so badly that I  needed previously, this seemed to help me figure out what I missed and what could have happened in my early youth and possibly avoided my thought pattern of depression.
Things eventually worked out and I feel the experience that I gained with my own ‘recovery’ has helped not only myself but the ee’s, the females that were basically having the same issues as I had gone though that I understood and be compassionate as well as strict within reason.

My point about this long read is that SOME depression can be helped by providing accountability for the lack of or sufficiently provided discipline in youth. Being held accountable for the behavior that leads to depression , the thoughts that lead to depression can build a healthy mindset which can ease or possibly eliminate the depression itself.
 
Realize though a chemical imbalance is much different and should be dealt with using professionals, I encourage all with these issues to seek professional assistance and be very honest with them - it could be a matter of life or death.

Been there, done that.. maybe I will find the maternal figure I seek but until then things are good.

I am done now 😁

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