When I am asked to describe Depression, I say ‘Sadness’.
But Depression is not sadness.
It is not sorrow in the same way that Grief is not sorrow.
Depression is much more than sadness. But I am aware that the person I am talking to wants me to sanitise this experience. They cannot handle the whole truth.
So, in the end I am forced to sanitise Depression, and I tell them,
‘Oh, I just feel sad sometimes.’
If that was the case, no-one would need medication, or a Doctor.
However, society will still flinch at the mere mention of Depression, and they flinch from the whole truth of this illness.