Our expert says:
It is well established by research that depression is much more than simply feeling sad ( not that feeling sad is ever simple ) - it includes a whole shift in what one notices in the world, how one interprets it, and what one concludes. If being too cheerful is looking at the world through rose-coloured glasses, as the old cliche went, then being depressed is looking at the world through dark grey glasses.
At all times through the world's history, bad things have happened - in the modern world due to modern media, you're much more likely to hear about it, so we get the impression that things are getting worse.
But many awful things that used to happen now don't happen, good people have managed to limit the occurrenace of bad stuff, to limit the damage it causes when it arises, and to be more effective in helping victims.
What I really strognly recommend is that you seek a specific form of counselling called CBT, Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, which in a sense takes off those dark grey glasses, and helps one to give up persistently negative assumptions about the world ( which are as unrealistic and even less helpful than persistently over-positive assumptions ) and to see the world realistically, and to see how one can meaningfully help to improve things.
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