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Depression: What Do You Know?

Everyone feels sad sometimes. It's totally normal to feel upset if a family member passed away, you didn't get a job you wanted, or if your boyfriend broke up with you. Most of the time, you'll not feel like doing anything, but soon you get over the grief, move on and feel like your happy self again.

Depression is different. It's a serious medical condition that affects your mood and your life. Let's test your knowledge to see what you know about this common disorder.

Depression: What Do You Know?

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Happy2bhere Happy2bhere 8 years
Please! Please! talk to someone if you ever feel so depress that you think you should end your life. That is such a selfish act and you would be surprise how many people been where you are now. So please talk to someone, nothing's wrong with asking for help. We are all unique in many ways and have something to offer. I also believe we are all here to help one another, some of us just don't know it yet. We shouldn't be so quick to brush someone off or to be rude, but take the opportunity to get to know someone. Live life like it your last holiday!
tiggerchick2 tiggerchick2 10 years
VIENVIEN is one of those people that make clinically depressed people feel worse, like they are making it she made clear that's what she's been brainwashed to believe. To come onto a site and condemn people who are clinically depressed sickens me. I have struggled with the disease for many years as well (it started after my mom died when I was 7) and I have had to deal with so many people like her in my path. (including some of my own family). So what, are we supposed to be like her and be happy all of the time? Are we just supposed to say.. oh, someone I love died or I was in a horrible car accident..oh well. She needs to quit being so darn ignorant and do some research before she comes onto a board and preaches to people about depression, which according to her is made up. At least I know that what I am feeling is real and I am dealing with it. I am taking my medication and it does work for me. She should mind her own business and stop belittling others! Cheshire4ever I am so sorry about her sending you private messages with such awful comments about your brother. It pisses me off that someone would stoop so low.
floweroflove floweroflove 10 years
an believe me i know how people with a depression feel, i danm know :(.
floweroflove floweroflove 10 years
3 outta 4. depression is a serious matter. i just wanna say, i feel for peeps who are going through this or have witnessed it.
ashleycakes ashleycakes 10 years
Especially people claiming to be Christian who above all are supposed to be compassionate toward the suffering of others. I have suffered from major depressive disorder for as long as I can remember. Currently I am off of my latest medication (Welbutrin, sp?) because it is no longer working for me. This is such a frustrating disease, you know you should be happy, but when you can't and it seems to be for no good reason, it's just SO hard sometimes! I've tried, and sometimes suceeded, in feeling better through the power of prayer, but sometimes the symptoms of this disease can be so overwhelming that prayer cannot help get me out of bed and try to function through my daily life. I can relate to the people that wonder why such a soul crushing, dibilitating thing has happened to them. It's a day to day process sometimes, and I can only hope that in the future, scientists can get a better grasp on why this disease takes such hold on so many people. This is an incredibly sensitive topic to some people, particularly people that have never had to go through it. It's a hard thing to explain to a person that cannot and does not know what you are feeling. It's even worse for people who have never been afflicted with this disease to pass any judgement or insinuate that a depressed person is "just not trying hard enough". Believe me, I have been trying for many, MANY years to overcome this, and luckily I have had an incredibly supportive mother and husband to get me through the particularly trying times. I just wanted to shed some insight on what this disease is really like. It's an ugly and petty disease and should not be taken lightly by any means.
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 10 years
^Psh, she sent you those? What a stupid bitch. Depression is a serious thing. I have had and it and maybe even still do. People who make fun of it are cruel.
Hootie Hootie 10 years
ATTN: VIENVIEN... Stop sending hateful private messages to me! I don't want to hear from you again! You are a very mean person. I want you to leave me alone! You have the problem not me. I respect that you and I disagree about depression. I happen to believe it's quite real, and serious. Your low blows about my dead brother are so evil. You have taken it too far! I don't respect you or your wicked words of hate. For the last time, leave me alone! Do not contact me again. Your fake "sorry" followed by a sucker punch is not a sorry at all. You are sick, not me. So quit with the insults, jabs, Holy Roller, higher than thou junk. If you were such a good "Born Again Christian" as you claim to be you would not be treating others this way. ENOUGH!!!
MrsWalsh07 MrsWalsh07 10 years
When I went through depression in college, I realized it when seemily minor problems and glitches became overwhelming to me. The littlest things could either start me bawling or send me into a rage. I really just could not reel in my emotions... I think that, until you go through it, you just don't realize that it's not simply about changing your state of mind or pulling yourself out of a funk.
Blessed2x Blessed2x 10 years
To each his own and I mean no disrespect but I am a devout Catholic and even my faith was not enought to help me "think positively enough" to "just pull myself out of it". I find it offensive that some may think that one has to do with the other.
MsLinda MsLinda 10 years
I have suffered from Clinical Depression for 6 yrs. now but have it under control with medication. At first, my family physical diagnosed me & stated that "it was not my fault, I had done nothing wrong & it was a chemical disturbance within the brain". That helped me so much. I then started seeing a therpist & he helped tremendously by allowing me to voice my fears & pain. Depression hurts both physically & emotionally. And, there are alot of people that do not undertand it cause they've never gone through it. Now, I take my med once a day, still have "sad" days but not depressed. There IS a difference. Plus, I've accepted that Jesus only gives us so much to deal with but he also gives us the strength to deal with it. My love & hugs go out to anyone suffering from this & it's so sad that people feel you can not talk about it. If anyone wants to talk to me about it, feel free to e mail me. Love ya, Linda
ALSW ALSW 10 years
My husband suffered from clinical depression and I have to say that anti-depressants really seemed to help him. I'm sure that they weren't the entire answer, but they were certainly a good stepping stone on the road to recovery and understanding.
sashak sashak 10 years
wow. thats all I have to say
JustMe21 JustMe21 10 years
baby-ballerina baby-ballerina 10 years
i got 3/4. i've suffered from depression and suicidal thoughts because of childhood abuse and other reasons. i tried anti depressants, but i had terrible effects from them. i started taking herbal pills and they surprisingly worked a little better. i'm lucky to no longer be suicidal. it shocked a lot of people who knew me because i have always been the girl who laughs and smiles alot. it goes to show it can happen to anyone.
vienvien vienvien 10 years
I'm sorry about this matter. I think I have already apologized to her. If she was upset about this ; it was done not for the purpose of upsetting her nor provoking her. In fact, I apologized twice. I am just so sorry about her brother and I think that the more she needs to learn about how joy is easily being robbed by negative emotions ---which in fact, I think, have rubbed on her. I tried to explain what my comment was and that was all there to it ---so that to inform her about how sorry I was and then try to convey to her that there is something that might be beneficial to turn our depression and negative emotions regarding about these. My message was in fact TO INSPIRE HER. Anyway, since private messaging to people about God, I think I am not in the right website to spread the good news of God. I think I have to terminate my account now. Thanks for a wonderful time with all of you here. I really have a pleasant time here. And of course I 'm so glad I joined because within 6 weeks I made a lot of friends.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 10 years
Anti-depressants may not have been proven to be really effective, but let's face it, God may not have been proven to really exist. Maybe both require a little bit of faith to be effective.
princess_eab princess_eab 10 years
Sorry, my point was that coming from my point of view, in which I and other family members have had our lives permanently altered or ended by something that has been proven to run in families, guilting and shaming depressed people will never cure depression. Yep.
Hootie Hootie 10 years
Thank you Team Sugar....
Community-Manager Community-Manager 10 years
Glad that Dear has posted this informative post but given that it's a sensitive topic, let's all be respectful of each other's opinions.
justlookaround justlookaround 10 years
I feel happy for those who never knew what a depression is... it is not about strong or week people it is a disease and its treatment is slow and, sometimes, hard
Popeye Popeye 10 years
Depression is very serious... at least to me. My mother suffers from it! It's mild but let me tell you, I've see what it can do to people when it's gone unnoticed. I've lost friends to depression. Take it seriously.
smp7328 smp7328 10 years
Facin8me, you said it well!
ClassicsDiva ClassicsDiva 10 years
When I was depressed, my main symptom was sleeping all the time. Twelve to sixteen hours a day every day, in fact. I wasn't just laying in bed dozing lightly, either. It was heavy, oppressive, overwhelming sleep which was incredibly difficult to wake up from. I was checked for every sleep-related disorder known to man and everything was completely normal, but combined with my complete loss of interest in anything enjoyable, and my inability to concentrate on anything, the doctor diagnosed depression, and with my medication, I was able to get by with a normal amount of sleep, and to make it through college. My point is that depression isn't always emotionally based (I had healthy self-esteem and every reason to be perfectly happy), and can't always be overcome with willpower (or prayer--I tended to sleep through church). There are times when, for whatever reason, our bodies don't always make the appropriate amounts of neurotransmitters. Sometimes this is because of outside stimuli, and sometimes this is because of the way our bodies were made. Every person's (im)balance of neurotransmitters is different, and the causes of imbalances are different, and to pass judgement on what other people need to make their lives right is counter-productive. Everyone who is struggling with any aspect of depression should be encouraged to find treatment options that work for them, and anybody who has/is successfully combating it should be applauded and supported, regardless of how they achieved their success.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 10 years
Well said, facin8me!
facin8me facin8me 10 years
Vienvien, The reason that doctors are not "really absolutely correct in finding clinical depression" is because depression is a complex disease that manifests differently in different people at different times. To pretend that depression can't have underlying physiological and chemical causes beyond emotional problems "causing" them is dangerous and reckless. If a person required medical treatment for cancer or a broken leg, would you suggest prayer instead? It's the same with depression- just because the problem is harder to image and diagnose does not negate its existence. I'm not sure what kind of theology informs these misguided beliefs, but most Christians- born-again, evangelical, and moderates alike- acknowledge the existence of clinical depression and encourage people to seek professional help when they need it.
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