It’s Depressing

19 08 2010

There can’t be many more overused phrases in the English language. If, for example, the weather is bad, or our team gets beat, or the diet doesn’t work – we tend to trot out the same lament: “it’s depressing”.

I’ve become much more aware of the phrase since I’ve been diagnosed with clinical depression.

I’ve discovered that people tie up a phrase like that with the illness, and assume I must be “down” and need cheered up. It’s somewhat more complicated than that. Wikipedia says this about it:
“Major depressive disorder (also known as recurrent depressive disorder, clinical depression, major depression, unipolar depression, or unipolar disorder) is a mental disorder characterized by an all-encompassing low mood accompanied by low self-esteem, and by loss of interest or pleasure in normally enjoyable activities. Major depression is a disabling condition which adversely affects a person’s family, work or school life, sleeping and eating habits, and general health.”

Clear as mud!

I’m planning to blog my experience over the next few days. Hit delete now if you think that’s too depressing.

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2 responses

20 08 2010
Kirsty

Sorry to hear that. I’ll be interested to read your thoughts – don’t worry, I won’t delete you!

21 11 2010
Slow Learner « Feemail

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