Depression in a Social World

Clinical depression can be thought of as in part a social illness. Any serious illness affects more than the sick person. If you have, for example, heart disease, then withdrawal of your self from the social world (work, family life, friends and relatives) is a result of the illness. You may be forced to stay in a hospital for a long time, or be too sick to leave the house for anything outside of doctor visits. However, if you have depression, social withdrawal ‘is’ the illness and one of the overlapping consequences of having this disease. Understanding of what...

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