Our expert says:
Most Depressions tend to be chronic, in the sense of lasting quite some time unless treated. Some of us are lucky enough to have one or two episodes in our life, others are recurrent. But what was probably meant in the remark you heard was something called Dysthymia ( which you can google ) which is a long-lasting, somewhat milder depression spread out thin, and in which actual sadness might not be the most noticeable feature.
Anyhow, the right next move would be to see a good local psychiatrist for asessment ( or at least a really good GP ) and a discussion of treatment options, to include CBT counselling as well as medication.
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