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.
Definitely not. I suffer with depression, have battled it all my life and yet I am not an unhappy person.
No, not really, there is a world of difference between chronic unhappiness and the total inability to function any more as a person.
But then there are degrees in depression and in unhappiness.
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.
Sometimes happiness has to be learnt, it just wasn't on your curriculum so far.
I think we should agree to differ on this one!
As a symptom, yes.
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.
It could also be a chemical imbalance. But a lot of unhappiness is pretty depressing.
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.
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
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.
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.