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thinkandfeel thinkandfeel 36-40, F 12 Answers May 30, 2012

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Depression is so much more than unhappiness. It's a physical, mental and emotional affliction that causes the sufferer extreme torment and affects their ability to do even simple things.

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Definitely not. I suffer with depression, have battled it all my life and yet I am not an unhappy person.

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No, not really, there is a world of difference between chronic unhappiness and the total inability to function any more as a person.

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But then there are degrees in depression and in unhappiness.

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True, but that's largely down to the drug companies, things like say dealing with the death of a loved one or divorcee are now medicated, despite that being a normal part of life. Real depression is characterised by the inability to function, things like not being able to force yourself out of bed at all, not washing etc.

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Sometimes happiness has to be learnt, it just wasn't on your curriculum so far.

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I think we should agree to differ on this one!

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As a symptom, yes.

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I think in the DSM the classification of "Major Depression" could be described as chronic. Not just unhappiness, but all the other symptoms of depression too.

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It could also be a chemical imbalance. But a lot of unhappiness is pretty depressing.

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You can define depression as a drunken locomotive for all I but that won't make de definition right.<br />
The problem lies in the fact that on the one hand we have this disease called depression, which is diagnosable, can be treated, or managed, and is a very serious illness. On the other hand we have depression as a desc<x>ription of how we feel, in normal everyday language. The latter usually means something like very unhappy, lang term unhappiness.<br />
If you refer to the illness, the answer is no, you can't define depression as chronic unhappiness.

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look up dysthmia or complex PSD- both characterised by being generally unhappy - what this group is getting at is that a decent depressive illness has its own particular character- which is most unpleasant

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Or general malaise.<br />
Or a lower than normal point in the geography of an area, or a tropical rainstorm forming.<br />
I think you can definitely be depressed about something but not be clinically depressed. Bummer.

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I get that is more of a simpler term of putting it but depression is beyond unhappyness, it is a strong feeling of lowness and darkness.

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