• Um, of course

    "Being sad is not an illness"
    Seriously? Depression isn't a feeling. It's not being sad after a break up. It's a chemical imbalance in your brain that makes you unable to think happily. Of course no one has a reason to be depressed, that's the point. That's what makes it an illness. The fact that you're unhappy no matter what.

  • Yes.

    Depression is a disease, and has always been considered to be one. I do not agree with with Manik123, who likens it to pain. Pain is a symptom but depression is a disease. It has its own symptoms, and one of them can be pain. Fortunately, depression is easily curable these days with drugs like Prozac. People suffering from depression should never hesitate to seek help. There is no reason to suffer in silence, when the cure is so easily available.

  • Yes Depression is an illness.

    Doctors now recognize depression as a mental illness. It is more than just a fleeting emotion or mood. Clinical Depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. What makes depression difficult to deal with as a sufferer, is that depression is an illness that is not visible to casual observers. Well meaning family and friends will often say things like get over it, it's all in your mind etc. You can't will your way out of depression just like you can't will your way out of any illness.

  • Yes. There are many psychological, chemical, and genetic imbalances that cause depression.

    Having depression is hardly just "being sad", or not being able to "get over" something. There are many factors that cause/lead to depression such as imbalance of hormones, chemicals in the brain, etc. Depression also often runs in families. Those who suffer from this type of depression can experience loss of quality of life without anything bad happening to trigger it. True depression is most definitely a disease.

  • I have depression

    Yes it real because you feel worse like your in this dark tunnel and that you cant get out. Yes you can get treated but it mental i mean if it wasnt real people wouldnt be able to get treatment and sometimes even then that does no good. So its real.

  • Being sad is NOT an illness

    That's right: being sad isn't an illness. Being depressed IS. Sadness and depression are two entirely different things. I used to think it was made up by selfish people too. Then one day I got it and learned the hard way it is very, very real. I know what being sad is. This isn't it. Don't be like me. Don't wait until you get it to realize it's real.

  • Yes It is because it is not something you can just get over in a matter of seconds or a month.

    It can take months to years to get over depression. Depression is a disease that messes with your cognitive thinking and your feelings. It is a mental disease. No it is not like cancer but it is serious like cancer because people will get so depressed that they will kill themselves because they feel like they have no hope in life. I know because i live with depression everyday and it is horrible. I had to go to the hospital because of my depression because it got so bad. I am still depressed now. I want to be happy. I want to have hope for myself but I can't be or have that now. Depression can happen to anyone. It affects anyone. Depression is the worst thing that has happened to me and I don't have the power to live anymore. I never wanted this to happen to me and I never wanted my family to experience me cutting or me trying to kill myself. It is hard living this life. Whoever posted this "Depression isn't real Being sad is not an illness. If you have a good home and enough food to eat then you have no reason to be 'depressed'. It has become some sort of trend now to act 'depressed' and lots of teenagers claim to have it and cut themselves just to fit in. It is stupid. Snap out of it, you are all tricking yourselves." is wrong. Depression is real. Most of us have all of that a good home and enough food to eat but we have had stuff happen to us that makes us depressed. It is not a trend. Teens don't just claim to have it and cut themselves to fit in. No one does that. People who do cut themselves aren't tricking themselves they have a serious illness that cognitively dis-tortes their thinking and feelings. It has been rough living with depression, not knowing what to do or feeling like you just want to die all the time or your just a burden to other people. I'm not wealthy at all and I'm majorly depressed. The people who say no don't understand what it is like to be depressed at all. If you were depressed like me you would understand that it is a serious disease that affects a lot of people.

  • Of course it is

    As a person who suffers depression, I can be sure that depression is not just some kind of "blue days" or like "I'm feeling depressed." It is a real illness with symptoms of overwhelming sadness, poor appetite, sleeping problems, self-harm and suicidal thoughts. Depression is another kind of cancer. Only a invisible one. It kills people. It's not that people with depression want to kill themselves, it's that one day we just couldn't stand the suffering any more. This feeling of loneliness, being abandoned and unnoticed, and this random overwhelming sadness kills. Plus, there are more people are diagnosed with depression in wealthy countries just because poor countries don't really have that many psychiatrists and they don't really realise it is a serious mental illness and can cause deaths.

    Posted by: Adie
  • Of course it is

    Depression is an illness, you don't chose to be sad. Yeah you can be sad after a break up or if someone has died but depression is constantly feeling sad, you may have you good days but apart from that one good day you just feel sad. Depression is like cancer, it's a disease. It can kill you if you don't do something bout it.

  • People don't understand

    No, I cannot "think positive" and "cure it". It just doesn't work that way. I don't go out of my way to hate myself or to cry, it just happens. For no reason at all. We aren't "whiny and selfish", in fact, most people who have it don't even ask for help. They keep it inside, fighting an internal battle.

  • Compared to cancer? No way.

    You can not compare depression to cancer... Cancer is a physical disease. Your body is literally fighting itself and shutting down. Depression is mental. It is an emotion. Loss in everyday activity? Perhaps it is because you do not feel fulfilled or because your everyday actives are not appealing any longer. There is an imbalance in our society... Between materialism and the natural world. Stop buying things and consuming... Instead go on a walk in a forest or something. We all come from the Earth, and I believe in something that many people in the modern world have lost, and that is that true contentment lies in nature. I honestly believe with every fiber of my being that a person could overcome depression if they dedicated their LIFE to being happy. But people just don't want to, they want to go to the doctor and take pills and feel better. The pharmaceutical companies have brainwashed you into taking the easy way out. Feeling sad? Put some effort into changing your life. Don't cover it up with medications.

  • Created by media, pharmaceutical companies and our attention-seeking society

    ‘Depression’ cannot be proved physically, mentally, spiritually, or in any way shape or form because it does not exist. It is simply a selfish cry for attention. The ‘chemical imbalance’ that is supposedly fixed by pharmaceuticals has made their respective companies wealthy, they make money off narrow-minded and selfish people’s inability to cope with disappointment and failure, with loss, with hardship. Quite ridiculous to claim that a chemical imbalance or genetics causes hardship in life, bad relationships, failure in career and social aspects. Everyone has bad days. People in third world countries have a lot more than any depressed person ever could, but a 'chemical imbalance’ in their brain and ‘depression genes' didn’t cause their hardship, suffering, or all the suicide’s that happen over there. THEIR LACK OF HUMANITY DID. Lack of food, lack of purpose, lack of clothing, lack of education, diseases, lack of medicine, lack of water. Not that any person who claims to be depressed would ever be able to comprehend that there are other people in the world let alone that people go without everything they have.
    People kill themselves because they don’t want to live. How do people try and save depressed people? They talk to them, buy them nice things, look after them, get them medical treatment. Depression is nothing more that a figment of selfish and deluded dimwits imagination. Enjoy making the rich richer while you buy into this whole concept of depression is real and I need depression medication. Everyone has bad days, everyone could describe being depressed at some point.
    Feel sad about things, thats normal. A normal response to something that needs to be changed. But don’t whinge and whine and demand attention for your fake ‘condition’ or ‘disease’ or what ever you call it. Honestly couldn’t be a bigger waste of space, air, resources

  • Personal Experience - NO WAY.

    I have gotten depressed to the point of not being able to function at times. But I happen to be transsexual (a girl trapped in a man's body).

    ^^That sucks. It is so humiliating to never be referred to by the pronouns I identify with.

    Whether people think transsexuality is a mental illness or not (which it's NOT), homosexuality is a lot more accepted by people than it used to be (note: sexual orientation and gender identity are completely different).

    But the point is: being in the closet isn't fun. And being out of the closet still isn't fun.

    It's fun when you can be you, but as soon as people become super-duper mean to you, it can be hell.

    I've been depressed most of my life. BUT - I've also been closeted most of my life. And I'm still depressed (because being transsexual is a bit more complicated than simply coming out because you still LOOK like a guy until you have a lot of time to transition into looking more feminine by surgical and hormonal means).

    If I was gay (I'm not) instead of trans, I would've been depressed most of the time in the closet but "almost instantaneously" un-depressed upon coming out.

    Since I'm trans, it's taking a lot longer.


    The BRAIN definitely has chemical changes in it **DURING** depressed times.

    But when you get UN-DEPRESSED (by removing the depression-trigger-events) than it reverts to normal.

    Taking medicine to "fix you" doesn't work because the source of the "chemical imbalance in the brain" during depression isn't the brain not working correctly because it's messed up --> the SOURCE is the TRIGGER EVENTS (humiliation from society, poverty, struggling to feed yourself, having no friends, etc. ALL ROLLED INTO ONE).

  • No, depression is not an illness.

    People romanticizing sadness in novels and poetry does not count as depression. Being sad can happen when you lose a loved one, or are going through a hard time, but it is simply sadness. There isn't a disease where you are too happy for too long, but there is with sadness? Nowadays people act like having depression is like having a designer handbag. It is only real because people sit and pity themselves and do nothing about it, and that should not be diagnosed with anything except being plain lazy.

  • What the West doesn't understand

    If you have a roof over your head, a bed and food on your table and they won't likely disappear any day soon, then you don't have a reason to be depressed.

    The "depression is a disease" fallacy is most likely used by people who happen to hit a bump in their life and seek forgiveness or salvation in made up diseases that'll magically justify them not doing anything and just waiting to be "fixed".

    The irony is that believing that depression is a biological disease is more of a disease than the "disease" itself. If you're depressed, fix your life because it won't fix itself.

  • Depression Is Not An Illness

    This is very similar to pain. Pain is a signal that tissue is being damaged and that urgent action is needed. For instance, if you touch a hot stove, the pain induces an immediate reaction to pull your hand away. Usually this is accomplished with minimal damage to the skin. Without pain, we would not respond as quickly to these kinds of situations, and we would incur a great deal more tissue damage than is actually the case.

  • Being Sad Is Not An Illness

    And that's what depression is being very very sad. Happy and sad are subjective human evaluations. You can change it by renaming it. Say I'm happy with everything, I am happy with everything because I choose to be happy with everything, happiness is no different from approving of something, so I just approve of everything(note this doesn't mean you behave as if you are approving in every situation, you may have to tell your employee off for shoddy work and disapprove of that but I mean you approve of the experience you are having). It works. If it works the way it should in time you realize that there is a second happy which is really a reified(reification is what happens when people treat abstractions like they are tangible objects) form of happiness everyone mistakes for the real thing but is just a feeling of having energy that society teaches subconsciously to associate with the word "happiness". So now I'm happy all the time in the first sense, not always the second but more and more, though the focus is not on increasing reified happiness, that's just a stimulation tool that I use towards goal-fulfillment.

  • A disease of the wealthy

    People all across the world are reportedly gaining this illness, the thing all these victims have in common are a) spare time and b) affluence.

    You're 14 and feeling anxious, lethargic and depressed? Welcome to being a teenager. Step away from the computer, get more exercise, get up early, sleep more and most importantly, keep yourself busy. If you sit around all day thinking about how things haven't gone to plan, of course you'll feel down.

  • Depression isn't real

    Being sad is not an illness. If you have a good home and enough food to eat then you have no reason to be 'depressed'. It has become some sort of trend now to act 'depressed' and lots of teenagers claim to have it and cut themselves just to fit in. It is stupid. Snap out of it, you are all tricking yourselves.

  • In the mind

    Why are poor countries less susceptible to depression than people in the western world? I was born in Zimbabwe and we don't recognize mental illness, and we have faith. When I moved to Australia I started hearing this word depression, and 15 years later I still find it hard to believe it's a medicated illness.

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