What is commonly diagnosed and consequently referred to by the medical profession and thus society at large as “clinical depression” is no target for the butt of cynical pop culture wits or acerbic, right wing media demagogues. Clinical depression is, in fact, a bona fide mental disorder, a serious medical illness which can and will negatively affect the way people feel, think, and consequently proceed to act with regard to their own selves, their family and peers, and the world around them, both physically and psychically.
Individuals who suffer over a long term period from clinically diagnosed depression are often left in the end a mere shell of their former shell, a colourless, aimlessly drifting zombie and self-perceived social “parasite” or pariah. These individuals, for whom clinical depression has been misdiagnosed as another illness or disorder or, worse, left untreated, are, in the end, simply unable to function as they once did. Loss of short and (ultimately) long term memory may even reduce their ability to remember their lives as they once were. They have simply lost their desire to participate in social activities, or to compete for love, recognition, and social gain in the outside world.
Even the distant, vaguely aching memory of formerly pleasurable activities such as watching movies, playing chess, or engaging in marital affairs may leave them paralyzed, unable to even consider engaging in them ever again. Nihilistic flights of fancy involving the cold, icy, demon haunted hollowness of the cruel tombstone littered world depression has fashioned for them may increasingly occupy their thoughts, until nothing is left to them as a fanciful diversion from their daily routine besides the perversely consoling possibility of the only “true” escape- suicide.
Clinical Depression Is A Serious Illness
Make no mistake, depression is not merely an instance of the “blues” or feeling grief over the recent passing of a close friend, loved one, spouse, or family pet. Clinically diagnosed depression is not a bee sting that can be simply recovered from, or a black eye that will gradually fade as the skin around the eye socket repairs itself. There is little chance of suddenly feeling better, fully “recovered”, after a trivial bout with clinical depression. It is a serious mental illness, a disorder which can alter for the worse one’s eating habits, one’s ability to concentrate or make coherent decisions concerning one’s studies or work performance, and, perhaps most fatefully, how one interacts with parents, children, spouse, and the time honoured social rules and regulations of the society in which one finds oneself.
Clinical Depression Is More Than A Case Of The Blues
Individuals who suffer from sustained periods of depression often despairingly admit to their physician or psychiatrist that they simply do not “feel like themselves” any longer, or that the only sensation left to them is that of being a conscious corpse, a member of the walking dead. Luckily for these unhappy beings, a wide range of treatment consultations is available. Depression is an illness that requires immediate psychiatric and medical help, which should never be begrudged or neglected.