Depression and Mental Illness
Maybe depression isn't always a mental illness; maybe it's sometimes just a part of the normal human experience and a rich emotional life.
This page is a stub, created on 2020-04-07. Its contents are notes on the issues and angles I want to address about this topic.
We hear the word "depression", and we readily conclude we're talking about a mental illness or disease. While it may, in some cases, manifest as a pathology, I think that many times, it is just a natural part of human life and experience.
- What factors contribute to resilience to depressive states? Feelings of worthiness and lovability? Self-esteem?
- Why do we have to give explanations for crying, but not for laughing?
- Why are we ritualistically expected to answer "Okay" or "Fine" to inquiries about how we're doing? Isn't it okay (in a broader sense) to be not okay at a given moment? And what does the receptivity of the questioner have to do with it?
- The unhelpfulness of "Everything will be okay."; maybe it won't, and isn't that okay in its own way?
- depression versus "chemical imbalance"