How many times have you heard someone say they are “depressed” about something? It’s quite common to use that word when people are feeling down and out about something, even though most people are probably not aware of what real depression feels like. It’s one thing to be bummed out about a dent in your car or losing a softball game, and quite another to be suffering from clinical depression. Genuine depression is not something that clears up in a week or two. Much of the time it never clears up, and sufferers can only hope that treatment will offer them some relief. Being truly depressed is living life with no hope, and it can lead a person into very dark places, including thoughts of suicide. There’s a lot of information on depression that people are not aware of, and these facts may help people better understand what it really means to be depressed.
#1 Anxiety and depression
Feelings of anxiety that are prolonged can very easily lead to depression. Anxiety and depression go hand-in-hand, and constant fear and worry (anxiety) can wear a person’s mental defenses down over time. This makes it easy for depression to creep up without notice until it has a firm grasp, and manifests as full-blown clinical depression.