Why it’s important to understand depression

To prepare for my upcoming series on how to manage our thoughts, I need to first of all give an overview of depression. what it really is and isn’t and the causes.

First of all, depression is not one bad day. It’s not a few days. And I believe it’s not even a few weeks.

There is a book I have on my recommended reading list that is actually quite good for the most part. But I disagree with one statement, although I understand what she is meaning to say. She writes, “ “I just don’t believe those who say they have never had a day of depression in their lives.

I think the author simply meant to say that everyone has bad days. Where she was wrong was when she used the phrase, “a day of depression”.

There’s no such thing as a day of depression.

There is a day of not feeling good, a day of feeling “down” but there’s no such day as a “day of depression”. That kind of rhetoric undermines the seriousness of real, long-lasting depression.


This kind of thinking is what causes doctors to over-prescribe medication.

Might I ask a simple question?

Is everyday supposed to be a picnic? Is every day supposed to over-the-top exciting, wonderful, great………?

And what if it were? How could we possibly continue on such a high? Wouldn’t it be boring? And how would you ever know the difference between a good day and a bad one if they’re all good?

Yes, sometimes I think I would like that but I know if I had that, I’d miss the ‘lows” and the “lows” are what make me appreciate the “highs”. To be clear, I’m not talking about the extremely highs and lows that describes bi-polar illness.

Depression has to meet certain established criteria to be labeled as clinical depression. And I personally believe some of the criteria is not limited enough.


Here are the symptoms of depression. I was surprised though that this article did not mention the two week window. I’m hoping that means that the criteria is changing.

The common standard is that the symptoms of depression have to be present for two weeks before a diagnosis of clinical depression can be made. I believe that people can experience all the symptoms of depression for a couple of weeks and not be clinically depressed. I think the symptoms could be narrowed a bit.

Here’s a list of former posts you might want to read.