I don't see depression as a proper illness that should be treated by the NHSWatch
Depression is another ball game entirely, and often there isn't a 'thing' that makes you depressed. I've known people suffering with depression who know they don't have a 'reason' to be feeling the way they do, but do regardless.The problem with it is that it is a class of mental illness, and the problem with THAT is that we believe that our minds are things we should have complete control and mastery over as opposed to our bodies where illness can happen so there is often an implicit sense of just thinking yourself out of it because after all it's your mind and THAT is something you ought to be able to do.
In the case of actual medical depression, there often isn't an outright cause or any particular trauma that needs to be addressed. As far as I can tell, for example, my depression is entirely genetic (which can happen) - both of my parents have suffered from it at times, and my life is otherwise pretty good; I certainly haven't had any big event that could have triggered it or made me particularly upset, and when I'm not in a depressive period I look back at myself and I tend to realise that the things that I get upset and/or worried about when I'm feeling down are actually pretty trivial. But I can't help it myself - it's not a rational or logical thought process and so the suggestion to consider everything in context, which is quite sensible when someone's just upset over something normal, doesn't work.
So yes, there is an issue with the overplaying of depression but that's down to abuse of the term and excessive self-diagnosis, which devalues the label for what can actually be a serious medical condition and contributes to further misunderstanding.
It's because a lot of people like to believe we are in control of our emotions, and with perseverance and the right steps anyone can overcome negative thinking. Which is definitely true in some cases. But no one believes you can think your way out of kidney failure
But yes, the idea of emotional control is probably true, mixed in with some misunderstanding of what the illnesses involve (or just simply not knowing, as is the case with many brain-related issues).
Having a chemical or structural difference in your brain which causes you to feel sad or be hypersensitive in a chronic way, is not the same as simply being sad because you have had bad experiences. The latter is solved by either resolving the situation or having people help you resolving...
Just to play devil's advocate because of some discussion earlier, in short, it is pointless going to the doctor if you have 'depression'. No anti depressant is going to heal it, the only way you can get rid of the depression is by coming to terms with the thing that made you depressed. Nowadays if anyone is upset by life e.g. didn't get the grades they needed for their preferred university course, they class themselves as being depressed. I just find this idea stupid. Anyone beg to differ?
Depression is different things to different people, some people misuse the phrase depression, and others try and compare different people's reasons for being depressed. At the end of the day, it isnt the situations that should be compared, its how the people feel. Being truly depressed is like drowning and knowing that you're doing it to yourself but being unable to prevent it. Its feeling so low for so long that you dont remember what its actually like to be happy anymore. I agree that you need to tackle the source of the depression to deal with it properly, but sometimes depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in your brain, where medication is necessary to remedy this, or where depression has so altered your perception that you cant see any way out of the drowning feeling. sometimes medication helps you to see that this feeling isnt infinite. Its just the change in your perception.
Saying you're depressed and actually being clinically diagnosed are two different things, and there are different levels of depression.
Seems you don't get how people use the English language. Being depressed over a relationship break up is just something said, not literally......If somebody says "I'd kill for a shag" you expect them to murder somebody and then have sex with somebody afterwards?
Anybody who says depression isn't an illness is a ****ing dope....so a person is so sad they can't work, wash, cook, clean, etc. and this lasts for weeks/months, yeah..not an illness...
I have to agree with Limetang. There is a crucial distinction to make between people who say 'oh xyz did/didn't happen to me, I'm so depressed' and people who are medically diagnosed as having depression. Completely agree that the former should get nowhere near the NHS but the latter is an entirely different matter.
As far as I can tell, for example, my depression is entirely genetic