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Is depression the same for everyone, or can it be different?

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Last Updated: 10/01/2019 at 6:53pm
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Top Rated Answers
Anonymous
April 26th, 2015 5:11pm
Depression can mean different things, depending on the situation. Depression comes in a lot of forms, and it varies in different meanings.
dantesinferno
May 2nd, 2015 3:45am
Generally it is the same for everyone but people show it differently and it affects them differently, so it looks different.
elen90
June 7th, 2015 9:03pm
Depression comes in various forms, which is why there isn't one single way to treat, or even 'cure' it. So, as with any situation, it's important to focus on the individual suffering from depression themselves, and find specific ways to help that are in their best interest.
Twokindears
June 12th, 2015 9:26am
Depression has many common symptoms but it affects each person differently! What is the same for everyone is that it is a feeling that no one ever wants!
OCDLena
June 12th, 2015 5:37pm
No! Depression can be different for everyone. It causes the same moods and feelings but can affect everyone in a different way.
Demetria1213
July 6th, 2015 8:35pm
Depression is the same for certain people, though usually it depends on why it's caused. For example someone may be depressed over a breakup, while someone else maybe depressed over family stress.
Anonymous
July 20th, 2015 3:09pm
The basics like : being tired, no energy, no healthy sleeping schedule, etc are most of the time the same. But how you feel and how you handle things are different with every person.
SoftElocution
July 28th, 2015 9:31pm
I think this is an interesting question because the experience of depression is different for everyone but it's got a common element of pain. Pain is relative, and our perception of that pain alters the way we feel it, see it, acknowledge it, understand it, process it, and act on it. The experience is different for everyone because it's so unique to our lives, it reflects the pain that we've experienced and the fear we feed it. The experience of depression is different for everyone, but pain is a fundamental, and key element to its commonality.
heavenlux
August 10th, 2015 2:50pm
Depression, just like any other mental illness, is never the same for everyone. The way we deal with issues and emotions is a big part of your personality. We all struggle in different ways. At the end of the day, it's not about the feeling itself, but about how it affects the person.
Anonymous
August 31st, 2015 9:24am
It can be very different. In my case I am usually able to throw on a smile and pretend everything is okay (which is not something you should do, if you are depressed tell someone and get help) but in others they could not get out of bed for days or be very distant but still do things. It also doesn't feel the same for everyone. Some people with depression are sad, some don't feel anything and some just feel lonely. It all depends on who you are and your surroundings.
Anonymous
September 7th, 2015 12:20pm
in principle depression is a feeling can reach anyone, but it may come in different levels for different people. it mainly depends on the personal situation, and the surrounding environment.
wishpaulinkvs
October 26th, 2015 7:16pm
I believe it is different for everyone, each person experiences it in alternate levels depending on their type of issue. This meaning, everyone is treated in a different way, what works for one may not for the other.
charmingPumpkin74
November 9th, 2015 9:27am
Depression...... Of course it can be different .... Because everyone has different cause so then they have different kind of depression ....
Anonymous
November 17th, 2015 3:16pm
It causes are different for each other. But it's symptoms are same, and so does the environment around us.
Anonymous
November 30th, 2015 7:25am
I can't directly speak for everybody but depression is a chemical imbalance and so the biology is the same but people handle it very differently and some peoples imbalances are more severe than others.
GoldenEars77
January 4th, 2016 1:40pm
“Some people live as though they are already dead. There are people moving around us who are consumed by their past, terrified of their future, and stuck in their anger and jealousy. They are not alive; they are just walking corpses.”
GlitterBugIssy
January 4th, 2016 8:43pm
The way different people experience depression will be different for everyone as you are all in different situations with different brains and different emotions, essentially different people. There are some basic symptoms doctors and other professionals will look for but even those will be experienced differently by different people.
CielIsMe
January 19th, 2016 1:16am
Depression comes in many different forms. It all depends on how the person thinks, feels, and reacts.
MsHoneyBee
February 1st, 2016 12:26pm
I believe depression can have many different levels depending on the level of stress the person is going through
Anonymous
March 22nd, 2016 9:16am
Depression can vary from person to person, some may feel it all the time whereas others can have it time to time based upon their situation. You feel the same way but some people feel a higher/ stronger depression than others.
KatieWhite
April 19th, 2016 12:44am
Psychologists say men and women show different symptoms. For instance men tend to be more irritable when they're depressed but women tend to show signs of indifference.
Anonymous
April 19th, 2016 7:47pm
It can definitely be different for everyone. Some people that have depression find it crippling and unbearable, while others find it a nuisance at worst. Everyone has a different cause of their depression, and therefore treatment is different for everyone. Some find therapy helps, while others benefit from medications. Most people find an effective balance between therapy and medications can lift their depressive symptoms enough to live normal happy lives.
musicalPeace43
May 23rd, 2016 10:43pm
It's different from everyone because different things may lead different people to depression
EyeRain56
May 30th, 2016 4:08am
it can definitely be different for different people. Yes, there are certain things professionals look for but it can be different!
Anonymous
July 4th, 2016 11:51am
depression is different for everyone. everyones story is different therefore the thing that triggered the depression would be different and the way they cope with it or see their life would be another perspective to an other. some feelings and/or symptoms of depression could be the same
Millichidulinas
July 12th, 2016 11:50am
It is different for everyone beacause we are all different people. Depression is something really personal and the feelings are maybe kinda of the same for someone buthey can be totally different for others. It's all relative.
NumberEleven
July 18th, 2016 2:46pm
Depression affects everyone the same in the way that it makes everyone down and sometimes even suicidal, but the effects of depression can be very different, there are people who have loud, explosive, angry depressive episodes, and others with soft, crying depressive ones. It varies.
krazyzoeyyy101
August 16th, 2016 3:37pm
It can be different. Nobody feels anything the same way as other people. For me it might be crying at night. For you it might be just feeling empty inside if that makes sense.
Anonymous
November 7th, 2016 6:43am
It can always be different. Everyone is unique in a special way and so will be their depression. Some things will be the same while others will be different.
Anonymous
November 14th, 2016 6:12am
Depression is different for every person. Just like any other emotion, people sense things differently.