Blech, finances. If money isn't the root of all evil, it's still probably the trigger for a majority of depressive episodes!
I want to gripe, and I think here may be an appropriate place. My mom is stressed: my dad was on hospice at the beginning of the year, we were on a death watch for two months, he started to get better, got on a transplant list, is incredibly stupid (encephalopathic) most of the time and not much fun to be around, she's having to take care of him, manage his meds, give him enemas, clean up after him, she's starting back at work (needs the adult interaction!), the disability payments aren't coming through like they're supposed to, is running out of financial and emotional reserves, and to top it all off is having major arthritic episodes.
So she's a little stressed, right?Every doctor she sees wants to prescribe antidepressants!
The woman is not depressed - she's effing stressed! And distressed! And has every right to be!I know
from depression, and she's not depressed! I'm really really
glad that depression as a medical condition is becoming more well known and accepted, but geez louise! When along the way did they stop even trying to distinguish between appropriate circumstancial stress reactions and real depression?