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Posted Feb 20, '13 at 12:53pm

Kasic

Kasic

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Not necessarily a single event, but often a continuous series, possibly over years depending on the person.


That's more likely to lead to depression. A single traumatic event which would be beyond what they could take would be like losing their entire family in a house fire and being ~10 or so years old. Even still, that isn't enough to outright break most people. Constant reflection on that event may lead to depression though, which, if left untreated, may eventually lead to suicide.
 

Posted Feb 23, '13 at 6:21pm

ChronicFrost

ChronicFrost

14 posts

I dont believe depression is a mental illness at all. Its Things that happen in this persons life that makes them depressed or suicidal.

 

Posted Feb 24, '13 at 12:04am

Kasic

Kasic

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I dont believe depression is a mental illness at all.


There is a very big distinction between being depressed, which is a mental illness, and being sad/going through hard times.

Yes, being sad is apart of being depressed, but if you are sad that does not mean you are depressed in of itself.
 

Posted Feb 24, '13 at 12:06am

Squidbears

Squidbears

653 posts

I dont believe depression is a mental illness at all.

It doesn't matter if YOU believe it or not. The fact of the matter is, it is a mental illness. It's a widely recognized fact.
 

Posted Feb 24, '13 at 1:04am

EmperorPalpatine

EmperorPalpatine

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There is a very big distinction between being depressed, which is a mental illness, and being sad/going through hard times.

It really depends on how hard the times are and how long they last.
Wiki says 2 weeks of extreme low mood (loss of interest/pleasure in all or nearly all things) is Major Depressive Disorder. Dysthymia is less severe depression persisting for at least 2 years. Double Depression is when a person with dysthymia experiences an episode of MDD.
 

Posted Feb 25, '13 at 11:01pm

TheGenovesan

TheGenovesan

66 posts

I dont believe depression is a mental illness at all.

Yes, depression is a mental illness. Thats a fact, as it fits the criteria for being classed as a mental illness. But it doesn't work like the common cold. It might be better to just think of it as a state of mind,which can have many causes. The second part of your comment is true, people commit suicide or become depressed because of something that has happened in their lives most of the time i.e. your family or someone very close to you dies. It's not the only reason though. They might commit suicide because of a mental disorder they've had from birth, or some other reason.
 

Posted Mar 2, '13 at 11:49am

danielo

danielo

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Chemistry my friend, Chemistry. Chemistry is killing Psycholigy and the idea of "Soul". some chemcichals can make you happy, some can make you sad. If your body make too much from one kind, you will be "ill". If your liver is damaged, your entire 'identity' can be changed from one side to another.

Ins some cases, getting old can make your body product less chemichals of one kind. this is why there are many cases of "Grumpy old mans".

 

Posted Mar 2, '13 at 1:33pm

GhostOfMetal

GhostOfMetal

719 posts

Chemistry my friend, Chemistry. Chemistry is killing Psycholigy and the idea of "Soul". some chemcichals [b]( chemicals*) can make you happy, some can make you sad. If your body make too much from one kind, you will be "ill". If your liver is damaged, your entire 'identity' can be changed from one side to another.

Ins some cases, getting old can make your body product less chemichals of one kind. this is why there are many cases of "Grumpy old mans".


The cause does not change the fact that, if a person is depressed, they are mentally ill. One's who are depressed desperately need help, yet this world and society has made asking for help be a sign of weakness while in fact, it shows great strength and courage (although, in my opinion, asking for should just be asking for help but the way we live as a species prevents that). We've made people to scared to ask for help and that only makes things worse. Whether or not a person is suicidal varies from case to case. However, people should be more willing to help, at least in my opinion.
 

Posted Mar 2, '13 at 2:19pm

Kasic

Kasic

5,746 posts

yet this world and society has made asking for help be a sign of weakness


Adding on to this, the most common response even when asking for help is something along the lines of, "Tough it out" or "Get over it."

Not exactly helpful.
 

Posted Mar 2, '13 at 3:59pm

HahiHa

HahiHa

5,453 posts

Knight

Yes, being sad is apart of being depressed, but if you are sad that does not mean you are depressed in of itself.

A psychology student told me once that having a depression is not in fact just being sad more intensely than usual; it is different, in some way. That's why it is a mental illness and not a mood. Genetic factors can influence the likelihood of certain individuals to get depressions, and environmental factors like weaker light periods in winter increase the chances further.

Fact is: this winter around here was the darkest winter since at least half a century, and the psychological consultations have risen respectively.
 
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