It may be easier to explain what depression isn't than what it is. Depression is not having a bad day or feeling less than enthusiastic about your life. It isn't the same thing as sadness or grieving. Grief and sorrow are unfortunately experiences every human being goes through at one point or another. However, clinical depression is not universal and is often unrelated to a person's circumstances or daily routines. Instead, depression is the clinical term a long-lasting and often pervasive mental health condition that may have causes related to genetics and brain chemistry. Thankfully, discussion and research are ongoing, and the social stigma around depression is finally beginning to lift.
Many people wrongly assume difficult life situations and traumatic events alone trigger depression. In many individuals, biochemical processes that are symptomatic of depression may occur without identifiable situational causes. These biochemical processes control the neurotransmitters that regulate mood, which can malfunction without an apparent reason, leading to depression. Therefore, anyone exhibiting symptoms of depression should seek a medical assessment, regardless of situational triggers. Depression, whether due to biochemical issues or an event, can progress in severity if not addressed.
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