What is Depression?

by Alex Wright


Is depression an emotion?  What is a mental disorder if not a collection of problems? Is it possible to have it both ways? Let's have a look at some terminology.

Depression is defined by the dictionary as "a state of profound sadness and despair."

A disorder that negatively affects your feelings, thoughts, and actions is known as depression. This is according to Psychiatry.org.

According to the DSM-IV, Major Depressive Disease (MDD) is "a mental disorder defined by a persistently low mood and long-term lack of pleasure or interest in life, sometimes with accompanying symptoms such as disrupted sleep, feelings of guilt or inadequate, and suicidal thoughts, such as wondering how to kill yourself'. or "I want to die."

Even if the symptoms described here make it sound like someone's face or conduct might show signs of the condition, it's crucial to remember that depressive disorders are invisible. Thus, the adage that the one who appears to be the happy one is actually the one suffering the most.

We do know, however, that depression is a rare condition indeed. People don't generally experience this.

There are eight basic emotions, according to Robert Plutchik, and they are astonishment/surprise/anticipation/trust/joy. Fear, anger, joy, and sorrow have been offered as the four primary emotions by several writers. This does not cover depression, as you can see.

Is it true that depression is a medical condition? "A mood condition that produces persistent feelings of melancholy and loss of interest and can interfere with your everyday life," according to the Mayo Clinic, is what depression is.

Is depression, once again, a medical condition? There is a mood disease called Major Depressive Disorder, which causes people to feel perpetually gloomy or uninterested in life, according to WedMD.

Can you, however, be depressed and not have depression at the same time? Is there a distinction between the two in terms of persistence? Everyone goes through periods of happiness and sadness. Part of depression's invisibility is due to this inconsistency.