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What is depression?

We often use the expression ‘I feel depressed’ when we’re feeling sad or miserable about life. Usually, these feelings pass in due course. But, if the feelings are interfering with your life and don’t go away after a couple of weeks, or if they come back, over and over again, for a few days at a time, it could be a sign that you’re depressed in the medical sense of the term.

The relationship of depression with social problems

When someone is depressed, and they’re also struggling socially, there are a few basic background stories they can have:

  • Some people’s depression seems to be a direct result of their social struggles. They were fine before, but have become sad and hopeless in the face of their isolation, rejection, and loneliness.
  • Other people seem to have become depressed for some other reason, but once it set in the symptoms started sabotaging their social life as well. Their social skills could have been weak to begin with, and now are really compromised. There are also people who report being confident and outgoing in the past, but they lost it all once their mood took a turn for the worse.
  • You’ll also get situations that are a mix of the two scenarios above, where someone was having social issues, and also dealing with other negative events in their life, and the two problems exacerbated each other.

Either way, once depression has taken hold it causes a range of problems that get in the way of someone getting past it. The symptoms also interfere with peoples’ ability to work on their social weak points. A downward spiral can start, where becoming depressed makes a person’s situation worse, which leads to them feeling even more down, and so on.