Depression is “mood disorder” where you lose motivation and generally feel grey about things.
There’s what I consider to be a tremendous misnomer in society at large that depression is a thing you battle. Apparently it’s a grey beast you have to keep at bay by being peppy and chasing symptoms until you get into some kind of rhythm where you can forget about how you felt bad for a while. I’d wager this is only partly correct, if that.
According to Stanford, depression is about 40-50% heritable. There are also seem to be environmental factors that contribute to depression, such as diet and sleeping conditions to do with light. Depressed humans often beget depressed humans. We weren’t meant to eat Taco Bell or sleep in streetlight conditions, evolutionarily speaking.
People are right to make adjustments in these categories and wherever else they learn they can improve their moods with simple, non-chemical changes.
The thing about depression that Stanford and ABC won’t ever tell you is that there is a moral component to depression. When you violate your values, you pay a personal price. Those who have lived most aligned with healthy, philosophical values tend to see “anti-depression” results. Discussions about depression all too easily stray into the bio-chemical realm because it’s much more easy and comfortable to leave moral questions unanswered. If ABC News were kept honest, they’d have to start acting as moral teachers and guides. That’s one hell of a stretch for a corporation that has worked to keep the American public pacified and governable for decades now!
I suggest some curiosity as to the existential causes of depression and whether those can ever truly be resolved by kale, a sleep mask, and maybe some cool psychiatric drugs that a fancy doctor prescribed. We humans are meaning making machines. When we choose poorly, hurt others, lie to ourselves, etc. we tend to display the same symptoms as what is classically described as “depression”. Funny, huh? I wonder about that.