Essay on True Clinical Depression : It Doesn 't ' Just Pass

5077 Words Dec 1st, 2016 21 Pages
Everyone experiences emotional highs and lows - it 's an inescapable fact of life. With maturity and experience, we learn to roll with the punches, to take things in stride. We learn to appreciate the good times without taking them for granted - knowing that even in bad times, as a friend of my family used to say, "This too shall pass." True depression, however, does not work that way. It doesn 't "just pass". True clinical depression is a chemical imbalance in the brain, a real upset of a person 's ability to cope with what would be minor annoyances to a non-depressed person. Depression - to reinterpret a quote by Jack Nicholson 's character in the movie As Good as it Gets - can make you feel evicted from your life. Activities that the depressed person once enjoyed no longer hold much appeal, and everything is sad, gray, and uninteresting. It is estimated that 26.2 percent of adult Americans (about 1 in 4) suffer from major depression in a given year (NIMH: "The Numbers Count. Mental Illness in America"). With numbers that high, it is likely that you know at least one suffering person within your circle of friends. Though frustrating (for one thing, depression can cause your friend to withdraw from social activities, leaving you feeling abandoned or as if you 've done something wrong), there are many things you can do to help your friend through this difficult time. And you can do this without missing out on your own life in the process. Don 't Blame Yourself Like…

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