In my humble opinion.

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Posted by drummer ( on June 11, 2000 at 19:57:40:

In Reply to: Just curious... posted by Paco on June 11, 2000 at 19:27:37:

I firmly believe there are two types of depression.

Situational Depression and Clinical Depression.

Here's my opinion:

Situational Depression is when one feels a bit low and down and unhappy and sad and yucky because they have lost a loved-one to death.

Clinical Depression is when one has a chemical imbalance in the brain. We have talked a bit about this in regards to SSRI's (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) here on the message board. Some people with really, really severe Clinical Depression can take some medications (SSRI's) and feel better - sometimes.

Do I feel depressed because I've had chronic cluster headaches for 16 years? Sometimes. I believe this to be Situational Depression. I also felt depressed when my maternal grandmother died. Both times, I got over it, all by myself.

I don't believe that I have Clinical Depression.

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