Depression is like when your neighbour lose his job. Being depressed is like when you lose your job. So don't worry, everyone's depressed at some point. You're not the only one. Chronic depression? Acute depression? Everyone can have them at some point in life. People fall into acute depression not because they're genetically predisposed to reaching it, it's mostly because of attitude and the hopelessness of the situation. For example: 1) You are depressed for no reason. You have a job, but you're not happy and constantly brooding about it. Tough luck, everyone's felt this. Nobody's special in this regard. Identify the source of the depression and while you won't be the happiest person in the world, at least you won't fall prey to a neverending spiral. If the source is your job, then find another job. If the source is your family, then leave your family. 2) You are depressed because of massive debt or someone's death. This is unavoidable. You either suffer from it or you don't. Usually sufferers require outside help to pull them out of this depression. You don't feel depressed because of your genetic, as in you don't automatically become depressed because your father used to feel depressed when his mother died. You feel depressed because of the hopelessness of the situation, as in you don't know what to do, where to go, who to talk to. This is when having caring friends and families help, but they can't help you if they don't know your problem. So talk to them. 3) You're depressed because you just gave birth. This is unavoidable either. You either suffer from it or you don't. Contrary to popular belief, a happy-go-lucky person isn't resistant to post-partum depression. It hits you like a brick thrown by an unsympathetic bible-thumper. It happens because the woman lacks the energy or motivation to do things she used to do and feel like sleeping is all she can manage. It's a bit more involved than that, but talking about it requires a whole chapter of a textbook. The only thing you can do when you realize your wife is suffering from this type of depression is to remind her that she's strong, lovely and loved. If it requires you to help your wife with housework, do it, but gently try to get her to get off her ass and start doing things she used to do again. Ignoring her condition ensures that she will fall further and further into depression which can lead to alcoholism, child abuse, mental instability and even suicide. So if you have a problem with depression, talk it over with your friends and families. Talking with psychiatrists help you understand the problem, but they're not paid to help you get over it. You need your friends and families. BTW, I do know how it feels. I was clinically diagnosed for acute depression for 4 whole years, by a certified psychiatrist and took amitriptylene to keep my mood up and deal with my nightmares. However, that did not solve the problem. My problem was actually my father and my failures that started up the problem. Know what helped me? I met my girlfriend Waiwai and moved out of my family home. Waiwai helped me feel loved and she understood my hidden desire to be hugged and kissed and generally be a functional member of the family and society and she encouraged me for every thing I did, just like when I was praised for getting 100 marks on a test when I was a child. I was diagnosed for 4 years because that was how long I went to the psychiatrist. When I moved in with Waiwai, I stopped seeing the psychiatrist and taking amitriptylene. BTW, I'm a bisexual girl.