Our expert says:
It's not that some people are weak. Some of those you might think of as strong are simply lucky. Yes, though we can't choose everything that happens to us, we can choose the attitude we will have about what happens. In terms of general attitude, yes, one can choose not to feel depressed about many things. But Depression is an illness involving brain chemistry, and events that go beyond what on can cope with by pure willpower. And one can no more choose to never be depressed than we can choose not to develop diabetes or dandruff.
Research sghows that when someone HAS become depressed, their perceptions of the world become distorted, they notice only the gloomiest aspects of it, and interpret everything in the gloomiest way.
Yes, some people catastrophize, and turn minor setbacks into major dramas. But that's a personality problem, not depression.
Congratulations on how well you have coped. Like the sayiong about "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade" you have learned to make the most of what there is
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