Thanks, Doug, but...

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Posted by Todd ( on December 18, 2001 at 21:51:28:

In Reply to: Comorbidity posted by dougW on December 18, 2001 at 20:34:13:


Okay, I waded through that and got that while serious HA's can lead to higher risk factors for depression (and vice versa), it's still a long shot. But, it either doesn't answer my original question (which I probably phrased poorly) or I'm not smart enough to pull it out of that article.

Take Two - If one gets "depressed" only during a CH cycle, and the end of that cycle leads, within a brief period of time, to the alleviation of that "depression", is this clinical depression or just "the blues, etc"?

I mean, let's get real - CH sucks. It's natural to feel down when you're in cycle. It's also natural to feel down following a divorce, the loss of a loved one, pet, pet rock, etc. These latter are typically not called depression in the medical sense, unless they become very prolonged and essentially self-perpetuating.

Doug, you (and others here) know me well enough to know that I'm kind of anal-retentive about semantics. I find it very confusing when people bandy about terms inaccurately and incorrectly. But I'm not sure that my understanding of what constitutes depression is correct, so I'm looking for an explanation.


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