“Feeling sad or gloomy now and then is a perfectly normal part of human nature,” say the psychiatrists at Ventre Medical Associates, an outpatient psychiatry clinic in Fort Lauderdale, FL. “However, if you’re feeling rundown and hopeless day in and day out, no longer enjoying things that once gave you pleasure, this isn’t normal. This is depression, and it’s a real problem.”
For those who’ve never experienced the full smothering effect of clinical depression, it can be hard to understand. To any outside observers, the depressed person in question may appear simply grumpy or unappreciative of their lives. And, in truth, a lot of people suffering from depression don’t exactly have the worst lots in life.
“Depression may have a trigger, but it’s also a biological problem, a chemical imbalance in the brain,” explain the Ventre Medical Associates psychiatrists, all of whom are used to dealing with clinical depression. “Anyone can suffer from it. You don’t necessarily need to live in abject poverty or suffer abuse all your life. Even those with plenty of friends, money, success, and happiness can fall prey to depression.” Read more