Everyone gets depressed, right?

If you tell someone that you’re feeling depressed, they’ll no doubt understand what you’re talking about. Feeling empty, sad, down-in-the-dumps, worthless, or just plain blah are often commonly experienced with depression. The dictionary generically defines depression as a “pressing down,” which is precisely what the emotions associated with depression feel like—a weight on your shoulders, an overwhelming feeling of dread and hopelessness that presses down on you, making life difficult if not impossible. The reason everyone understands what depression feels like is because we’ve all, from one time or another, felt depressed. Feeling depressed is often a normal, albeit difficult, part of being human in a world of struggles, setbacks, and loss. But the depression we feel when pressed down in response to challenging life circumstances is quite different from what is commonly referred to as a clinical or major depression.

A clinical/major depression refers to a severe, life altering depression. Although its symptoms might be identical to the grief experienced after the death of a loved one or a depression in response to dire circumstantial events (financial disaster, divorce, etc.), clinical depression is mostly differentiated by the persistent, self-generated nature of such suffering.

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