Yeah I agree, I think that its bandied around too easily as excuse like you said and that makes people more cynical when people say they are depressed, and by proxy that it makes it difficult for people who are truly suffering to get help.
I guess I'm just trying to understand it really. I have days when I'm down, and I can't be bothered to do anything or I have a bit of a cry about something, then I come out of it. It might go on for days, but I've always shaken it off.
i think this is a good post.
I think at the moment that bottom paragraph probably describes me best. The term depression is a difficult to use. It probably loosely used too much to describe being down, but at the same time, being down can be quite hard for some people if that makes sense. Read on and i try and explain it. Peoples lows -And mine. can get low, and the occurence of these lows for me, are happening more frequently and for longer periods of time.
Theres probably a lot of people that come in this thread, who are say in the halfway house. They don't want to say they have depression because a) they don't understand it, b) not sure if they have it c)sort of getting a negative backlash from some people.
Its a frustrating place to be in, i guess you can easily snap out of it, but at the same time, i think some people are vulnerable to develop negative habits, and a line of thinking, which i guess leads on to full on depression. I go through some serious lows, so i can see how it is difficult for people to not be sure what is going on if that makes sense.
Which in leads to your top paragraph which is right as well. The cynical view of depression doesn't help at all. Not at least people who suffer from depression, but people in the 'halfway house' who in general need just some one to one talking with family or friends just to hold their hand along, but feel they can't reach out because of the connatations of depression, and people like your mates who will just go cheer up you miserable twat. But its often more complicated than that. The thing is i don't think you can add a new word to the dictionary to describe 'the halfway house'. It starts to catergorise the whole thing, and i don't think that helps anyone.
For me, i generally feel as though i know what will sort of get me out of my 'rut' which i think is the difference betweent the two, it just not always as easy as just doing that because of outside influences which control that.
sorry got to rush to work, so the post isn't probably as refined as i want it to be and i have just repeated the last coiple of pages... so yeah. have a good day people
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