What is Depression?
If you suffer from depression, you are, sadly, far from being alone.
In fact, it has been estimated that there may be over 350 million people in the world today who have it.
Depression has afflicted humans for as long as records nave been kept. Indeed, it was first named as a condition about 2,40 years ago by the famous ancient
Greek doctor Hippocrates, who called it ‘melancholia’, It is also
worth noting that although we cannot ask animals how they feel, it is likely that they also have the capacity to feel depressed: they can certainly behave as it they do.
To a greater or lesser degree, we all have the potential to become depressed, just as we all have the potential to become anxious to grieve or to fall in love.
Depression is no respecter of status or fortune.
Indeed, many famous people throughout history have had it. King Solomon,
Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill and the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius are well-known examples from history.
What is important to remember is that depression is not about human weakness.
To Be Continued…….
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