Our expert says:
Indeed, the word may be too commonly and easily used - but it is also too rarely and reluctantly used by people who actually are depressed. YOu have endured a great deal of unpleasant stressful events, and the symptoms you describe are typical of Depression. And the drinking can make depression worse, even if it feels differently to you at the time. DO see someone for assessment and help - preferably a psychiatrist locally, or at least a really good GP. They can help to assess this possibly, and discuss your treatment options, which should include considering medication and CBT-style couselling.
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