The word "depression" is thrown around a lot these days in our society. Some associate it with their bank balance, while others are taking anti-depressants for their symptoms. It wasn't always this way.
Why is the incidence of depression higher today? While some people are clinically depressed, the majority of depressed people are self-diagnosed. Why is depression more prevalent in the U.S. than elsewhere in the developed world? Are third-world people less susceptible to depression, or do they simply have too many competing issues with which to cope?
Regardless of your diagnosis or lack thereof, deciphering the source of your depression can identify helpful strategies to ease symptoms. Happiness is partially genetic, minimally dependent on life circumstances, and the rest is derived from our psychology.
If you're searching for a way to escape the pall of depression, consider whether you're casting yourself as a victim. Take responsibility for more of your circumstances. Try to unhook your identity from your problems. Determine if you're living inauthentically, which can lead to depression.
Multiple DIY techniques can ease symptoms of depression -- rather than relying on medication, such as introspection, meditation, and exercise.