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Could depression not just be a loss of vision/perspective in life?

By November 16, 2011 - 11:43am
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I know that depression is a clinical condition but I wonder if the true reasoning for depression is not loss of vision and perspective in life, the lack of purpose?
I have never come across anyone with a TRUE passion for something who is depressed.
I would love to hear your opinion and of people who ARE very passionate about something in life (and have made it their main focus in life, as in their business for example) and suffer from depression at the same time. Thanks so much.

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Hi Life Without Borders

What an interesting question you pose, and you will get many varying answers!

I think people who have passion can be just as likely to succumb to depression as anyone else. Firstly, it can be a chemical imbalance in the brain that causes depression and this is not something a person can stop. If you look at artists; writers, actors, painters and the like - they are often the most passionte of people yet suffer from depression in rather disproportionate numbers.

And it's not just those in the arts; corporate workers, firefighters/police, customer service personnel and generally happy stay-at-home-parents can also succumb to depression. As you likely know, new mothers are at high risk due to chemical and hormonal reasons too.

I think also environmentally triggered depression is what you may be talking about. This is when something happens (or doesn't) in someone's life that causes depression. It could be a death, the loss of a job or the fact - like you say - they don't have enough stimulation in their lives so as to feel like their life is worthwhile. The banality of life hits them and make them depressed. This can change when they make big changes to their lives - taking up exercise/sports, having an exciting new job or falling in love or getting out of debt.

So could someone who constantly complains, is unmotivated and lazy and doesn't take care of their body be more likely to get depression? - maybe, yes!

But since there are both medical/chemical/biological AND environmental factors for depression, there will always be a mixed-bag of people with depression since the root causes are varied. That's why expressions like "money can't buy happiness" applies as well as the fact that people who create stimulus, have good health and are inspired tend to be less suseptible. In many cases, depression CAN be avoided. However, all it takes is a physical accident/incident or chemical imbalance to change that. Even those of us work hard at doing our best can face mental illness. Depression is an equal opportunity condition.



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