Although some of the symptoms of depression can be similar to grief or PTSD, depression is quite different. Depression has been called “anger turned inward” by psychologists and psychiatrists. It is really the result of an emotional injury in which we loose value in our own eyes. There is always a sense of shame at the source of depression: the shame arises from a belief that we have failed and are not good enough to create our own value. Our shame can lead to an anger or fear at self for what we have done or failed to do. Anger can be interpreted by the depressed person in many ways, and can be accompanied by feelings of fatigue and weakness, the person may experience a “mental or emotional breakdown” and/or a physical collapse when this occurs. The fear side of depression usually something to do with thoughts that “I am a failure and cannot/will not be respected, I am not like others and can do nothing about it”. The fear is typically that because we have failed and fear we will not be loved or respected by others.
Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and sometimes you may feel as if life isn’t worth living.
More than just a bout of the blues, depression isn’t a weakness and you can’t simply “snap out” of it. Depression may require long-term treatment. But don’t get discouraged. Most people with depression feel better with medication, psychological counseling or both.