There are common misconceptions about depression that make it difficult to discuss or acknowledge. People suffering from depression will often consider themselves ungrateful. Or they may blame lethargy caused by depression on ‘laziness,’ or otherwise place blame on themselves.
Depression is not a character flaw. It cannot be cured by willpower or virtue. Depression can affect any and everyone in every make, model, and walk of life. Regardless of race, age, gender, or socioeconomic status, depression is a serious condition. A condition that requires compassionate treatment.
Individuals suffering from clinical depression can often be conscientious of their abilities to take care of themselves slipping away. A person suffering from depression can often sense the subtle, sneaking effects of long-term depression. Like a sinkhole swallowing them up. Soon, they find themselves at the bottom of their sinkhole with no way of climbing out on their own.