I miss me. The old me, the happy me, the bright me, the smiling me, the laughing me, the gone me!
Depression is a word that is used a lot in everyday life. We say we are depressed if we don't get what we want, if we fight with our loved ones, if we do not find a job. We even find some films, songs, voices or colours depressing at times. But what we actually mean when we say that we are depressed is that we are feeling 'blue' or down. This is very different from clinical depression.
People diagnosed with clinical depression feel as if the colour of their life has totally washed off from them and that they can never get their happiness again. It is surprising to learn that depression is an equal opportunity ailment.
Some common forms of depression include post-partum depression (baby blues that appear after delivery), Seasonal Affective Disorders (SAD-sparked by deficiency of sunlight during winter season) and Bipolar disorder (manic depressive). Though the symptoms may be the same the real cause for depression may be different. Each episode varies in its intensity and duration of occurrence.