Almost everyone, at some time in their life, experiences the ups and downs responsible for those bouts of the blues or those feelings of sadness and melancholy. Perhaps they’re triggered by the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, the loss of a friend, the loss of financial security, or the loss of a beloved pet. Maybe they’re triggered by watching the news or even reading the paper where the focus is on the economic crisis, the state of the environment, or the human suffering associated with war. No matter what triggers these feelings, the response is similar. We’re emotionally affected and may even find ourselves wanting to crawl into bed and pull the covers over our head. However, these feelings aren’t truly depression. They are momentary emotional mood swings associated with the challenges life presents us and with the stress and press of life. And, while depression may share the same feelings, it’s very different both in how it affects the brain and the body, and the quality of a person’s life.
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