More Than Just Having the Blues
Written by Randi Fine, Narcissistic Abuse Expert
Narcissistic Abuse Awareness and Guidance with Randi Fine
Though we may use the word “depressed” to describe the sadness we are feeling at times, these occasional, temporary episodes do not actually fall under the clinical umbrella of true depression. Major depression is more than just sadness. It is all-encompassing, intense, and unrelenting despondency. It overshadows us with feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, and worthlessness. It makes us feel empty; fills us with despair.
Depression disrupts our day to day lives and impedes our ability to function normally over long stretches of time. It impairs our thoughts, health, and behavior. It is a serious illness that not only affects the individual who suffers from it; those who are around them and care for them suffer too.
There has been a stigma associated with depression for a very long time. There will always be people who don’t understand mental illness, fear it, or judge it. Some see depression as a weakness of character. It is not. Depression is an illness that is no worse or better than any physical illness. Left untreated it can be a dangerous, even deadly disease.
Depression is the most common of all mental illnesses. Studies show that between nine and twenty-five million American adults suffer from it each year. That is a huge spread, but the discrepancy may be explained by the fact that depression largely remains undiagnosed and untreated. It is estimated that two-thirds of those suffering from it do not seek treatment or get the help they need.