A symptom of a sick and hyper-materialistic society. The reason for this is that not everyone buys into the materialism as they grow up, thus they feel commonly disjointed from the rest, particularly after a horrible event that shakes up their perception of reality to another perception that is actually more accurate. However, at that time, the person will most likely not have the emotional/intellectual maturity to understand this 'new' reality, thus they are overwhelmed by emotions. While people plunge downward, in our society, most others refuse to help/react stupidly and end up making things much worse. During such a time of ghastly realization, one needs to be close to others who are going through similar ordeals, but such free thinking is often discouraged and the affair is too stigmatized for most to help with it.
Depression is not a 'medical disorder'; this has merely been invented to absolve others of responsibility and facilitate an easier, more smooth return to the status quo. Most people have trouble understanding people who are depressed, thus it is easier for them to say that they have some kind of 'condition' rather than making an attempt to genuinely understand them. The same goes for a psychiatrist; they are merely there to return the sufferer back to the status quo, whilst depression is often the beginning of a path to intellectual cynicism that transcends any 'normality'. Much of the reason that depression is far more common in current times than a hundred years ago is because many people run to technological outlets to avoid their problems, hence they are distracted, miserable and at the same time very confused.
Depressed people are commonly more disgusted by the 'norms' and anything sensationalist, but often are not given a sanctuary in which to learn/heal and often instead have nonsense shoved in their faces. Depression is beatable but requires a strong willpower, a great deal of thought, and a change of attitude. Many who have had severe depression at a point in their life can be great empathizers.
The theories that depression is caused by a 'chemical imbalance' are nothing short of nonsense; the brain does chemically adapt to changing circumstances, but since it is influenced by the metaphysical in this manner, it must be treated the same way. By psychiatric logic, being happy for an extended period of time is also a chemical imbalance.
Jake was deep in depression; but after two years of struggling, he finally pulled himself out of a rut and found himself not a teenager, but a man.
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