Depression is not the same as sadness, though acute bereavement can provoke depressive episodes. Not all depression feels depressed. There is such a thing as “agitated depression,” exhibiting itself not in malaise, emptiness and sadness; rather, manifesting as irritability, reactive antagonism and hostile outbursts. Psychology once thought of depression and anxiety as two separate things. Today, many of us clinical types see anxiety as yet another symptom of depression. — Steven Kalas

 

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http://www.reviewjournal.com/columns-blogs/steven-kalas/depression-illness-not-character-flaw

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Most addicts are suffering from depression. This includes smokers. Compulsive behavior of any type has this in common: The addict is trying to soothe the brain.

And then there are the “luck of the draw” folks who we believe are simply born with brains that don’t do a very good job of balancing chemistry. These people need pharmaceutical intervention and perhaps will require medication for life.

The stigma attached to psychopharmaceuticals always distresses me. Come on! It’s no different from being diagnosed with diabetes and having to take insulin for the rest of your life. The medicines are there. The medicines can help. In the hands of a competent doctor (someone with the extended training to know what medicine and what dose), you hardly know you’re taking it.

What you do know is that now there is a blessed “space” between thinking and feeling. You still have all your feelings, but now you have regained the ability to think about what you are feeling.

Don’t do nothing. Get help. Depression is an illness. Not a referendum of character.

Depression is an illness, not a character flaw.

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