Keith Hill Posted over 2 years ago How should we understand Depression? Like some of the other have commented the first thing to do is speak to someone professionally and never try to self diagnosis. But the topic on how we view depression as a culture is a very interesting topic. I truly believe it is a disease and should be looked at more seriously than what it is now. The unfortunate thing is, is the people dealing with depression are struggling and hurting mentally, so that means it doesn't show like an open wound. There are a number of ways to decrease depression and start back on the road to a healthy positive life. But when people view it "as just picking yourself back up, because we all have problems" is an insensitive and less than understanding way to look at it. I wish you the best of luck and I hope that as a society we will start treating this as the disease it is.