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im not taking the piss out of depression or depressed people so dont even bother twisting my words. however, a lot of people i know both in real life and on social media claim to have depression and related problems. half of my family even claim to have it but i just cannot believe it. how can so many people have depression? does anybody else notice this?
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A lot of people have depression. There's just been less stigma around discussing it.
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Because everybody is broke
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A lot of people have depression. There's just been less stigma around discussing it.
yeah but it feels like more people have depression than those who do not
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i wonder how many of these people have actually been diagnosed with depression or possibly confusing depression with feelings of sadness
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People are more likely to be properly diagnosed with it at an older age as opposed to when you're younger. When you're younger you don't really know what's wrong with you and I can imagine a lot of younger people are scared to talk about it.

As you get older you find that it's more common and so people are more willing to be open about it. Especially with a better understanding of mental health.
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Are you a doctor to be able to tell if people are depressed or not?
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yeah but it feels like more people have depression than those who do not
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In part because the word has two distinct meanings. The mood and the disorder/mental illness. A depressed mood is usually short-term, not intense and doesn't really affect your life. Depression is chronic, can be very intense, has actual physical symptoms and can ruin your life professionally & personally.
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Are you a doctor to be able to tell if people are depressed or not?
are you mad?
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Because of the job market
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are you mad?
You are the one saying people who have depression aren't depressed.
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Really? The impression I get is that no one I see has even an ounce of depression. Of course it's not true, but that's what it looks like to me.
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People are more likely to be properly diagnosed with it at an older age as opposed to when you're younger. When you're younger you don't really know what's wrong with you and I can imagine a lot of younger people are scared to talk about it.

As you get older you find that it's more common and so people are more willing to be open about it. Especially with a better understanding of mental health.
so its pretty much established that depression is common?
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Really? The impression I get is that no one I see has even an ounce of depression. Of course it's probably not true, but that's what it looks like to me.
in their defence, some people probably hide their depression
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You are the one saying people who have depression aren't depressed.
yeah because its hard to believe most people you know have depression, thats basically admitting something as horrible as depression is normal which is pretty scary if you ask me
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In part because the word has two distinct meanings. The mood and the disorder/mental illness. A depressed mood is usually short-term, not intense and doesn't really affect your life. Depression is chronic, can be very intense, has actual physical symptoms and can ruin your life professionally & personally.
oh you know that would make sense
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It's a minority of people I know

maybe you attract them
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yeah because its hard to believe most people you know have depression, thats basically admitting something as horrible as depression is normal which is pretty scary if you ask me
Many people I work with are on antidepressants. Unfortunately, depression is very "normal" these days.
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Many people I work with are on antidepressants. Unfortunately, depression is very "normal" these days.
do antidepressants work? my mom takes them and said they make her feel worse
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