When is Depression Really Depression?

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My definition of clinical depression is:

You feel awful even when things are going right

If you are feeling awful when things are awful, then you are having a normal reaction to an unpleasant event. The way to fix this type of ‘feeling awful’ is to either fix the problem, or if that’s not possible then to come to terms with what happened to you.

This is not to say that external events can’t trigger clinical depression, they can. Some people will have an external event that they don’t recover from, this is because they have a predisposition to getting depression.

I have met people in day to day life who have said that they have depression, but on getting to know them it’s actually that they are feeling down about things that anyone would feel down about. Once the problems are fixed their feelings of despair go. In this…

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