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How should we understand Depression?

hi everyone,
this probably isn't the place to do this, but i've been reading a couple of other threads with a similar theme, and I could really use your help. I'll keep it brief.

Well, I'm currently a student at university i'm supposed to be in my second year, but it looks like i'll have to drop out because of depression. (I'm not sure if I should be allowed to call it that, but iv'e had all the symptoms for over a year, and my local doctor seems to think so.) my family are skeptical I guess, and there are times when I'm sure and times when I think I'm making it all up.

Most days I feel tired, upset or restless or angry. I cant see a future for myself and hopelessly procrastinate and get irritated by the smallest things.

Therefore, my question is should we think of depression as some kind of existential struggle to find purpose in your life? or a chemical imbalance? A passing phase into aduthood? or selfishness as I've read on some other sites.

ps. I would also like advice on how I can deal with it, do you think i should take a year out of my studies?

thanks xx

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Thanks for the advice everyone, iv'e found it very encouraging. i wish i could have replied to all your comments but i completely forgot about the time limit.
I'm really very greatful, thanks again
:) xx

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  • Nov 12 2012: Hey there!

    Similar to John, I understand depression as a somewhat selfish struggle to find purpose that is accompanied by a certain pattern of chemical processes. Selfish not in the way that feeling, doing or thinking anything in particular with regard to the depressed self is wrong, but that a lot of depressed thinking lacks a little perspective, that is, an accurate assessment of my own importance.

    I also see depression as one way of responding to a depressing environment.

    What strikes me in your post are the phrases "skeptical" and "making it all up". Skeptical about what? What are you making up? Feelings, thoughts? Or are you wondering in how far you would like to let your "depression" influence life-changing decisions? I don't know, just don't drink and drive, :D

    Regards
    Andi

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