What Is Depression? Pt 5: Suicide: The Final Act

The Final Act Here’s the horrible truth: suicide is the final act of depression. Despite knowing this, I still think of it. I regularly experience suicidal thoughts albeit with less frequency than before. The thoughts are wonderfully lucid, vividly realized… Read moreWhat Is Depression? Pt 5: Suicide: The Final Act

What Is Depression? Pt 4: 4,380 Hours of Hell

It’s 4,380 hours of hell. That’s what a major depressive episode is: 4,380 hours of unrelenting, unforgiving, soul-destroying hell. It lasts hour after hour, day after day, month after month, with no relief in sight. At the end of these… Read moreWhat Is Depression? Pt 4: 4,380 Hours of Hell

What Is Depression? Pt 2: My Interview

Introduction Today, I continue the series “What Is Depression?”. We will explore the patient interview which led to my initial diagnosis of depression. The Key Elements To refresh your memory, the key elements of Major Depressive Disorder (Depression) are: duration;… Read moreWhat Is Depression? Pt 2: My Interview

What Is Depression? Pt 1: The Official Definition

Introduction Let me be blunt. Depression, as most people know it, and suffering from Major Depressive Disorder, isn’t the same thing. There’s a magnitude of difference. One is a general feeling of sadness experienced by all, while the other is… Read moreWhat Is Depression? Pt 1: The Official Definition