When the word depression comes up, what do you think about? Most people are automatically going to say it is negative and it deteriorates the mind and body. But, if I said to you, depression is not a bad thing would you believe me? Have your opinion now and at the end of this you can make your judgments. The Mayo Clinic defines depression as: a medical illness that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Depression can cause physical symptoms, too. It affects what you do and feel. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and depression may make you feel as if life is not worth living. Read the definition once more … OK, good. The definition clearly makes depression sound like a negative. But, it is not and I will prove to you why.

People became depressed for a variety of reasons, most attributed from the loss of somebody or something valuable. Other reasons range from personal losses in sporting events, extreme change and favorite sports teams losing. Some people, if you want to get extreme get depressed because its raining, the sky turned green, or their favorite food is no longer available at Mr. Chotches Food market. There are a wide range of reasons for this. Now read this over once more. Believe me I am getting somewhere, do not worry!

As one of my professors would say, “The human body is the most fascinating invention ever.” And the amazing thing is that every body is different, there is not one person that is the same as everyone else. Is it not human to feel a sense of sadness when going through one of those reasons mentioned in the paragraph above? Personally, I have felt depressed a number of times and it does do damage to the body at the time. I believe in the long run people can gain strength from losses, for the changes and for the wide range of little reasons that could possibly cause depression.

The problem is today's world is that we do not try to rectify problems the way they are supposedly to be. We resort to the lowest form and that is medication. In order to cure something of this nature we should identify the thing that caused it to happen in the first place. Sometimes when losing a loved one or when something dramatic happens in someone's life there is no cure for it. That is why the human body is so fascinating. The ability to grieve or feel a sense of vulnerability is a main facet in life. We need to experience these events to become stronger, and whether we ever become healed or not it is a part of life. I do not think we can be considered human if depression is never experienced.

So, have I diverted your opinion on depression being completely negative? If not, that is quite alright, but at least you are a little more educated on depression as a whole. If you have experienced depression and feel stronger because of it that is excellent. The reason we have these defense mechanisms in our body: crying when your sad, sweating when you workout, goosebumps when your cold or wrinkled. These all have positive results because it allows for a release of energy that can not be explained. It allows for us to cleanse ourselves and every body needs an emotional cleanse once in a while. And most of all, it proves that you have a heart and are human.