I've probably felt depressed at one time in my life or another. For some people though, depression is almost a constant companion, affecting their ability to work, feel passion and joy, and making even "normal" tasks seem like impossible mountains to climb.
If I suffer from ongoing depression, or severe bouts of it, I probably heap loads of guilt and shame on myself for letting myself and others down so much. My relationship suffers as my partner tries unsuccessfully to lighten my load, and I feel like more and more of a burden to them.
It may help me to know that depression is becoming more and more of a recognized disease. I can no more "snap out of it" than I could miraculously cure myself of the flu or cancer simply by willpower.
Once I accept that it can be a disease process, I can start to investigate what kinds of treatment could help me. Talking to my family doctor, or a medical professional experienced in treating depression can be an important step. Joining a self-help group, reading books on depression, or talking to someone who has successfully dealt with it can also make a big difference.
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