207 - What Is Depression?

When I read some of the posts and articles about how to deal with depression, I often encounter content that states that "if only you would change your thinking." Or the reader is being told to employ positive thinking techniques. Or is being given the f*ck up bunkie, nobody cares but you pep talk.

Or "Pour more faith into it, that will fix it."

I have no doubt that some of the above works for a specific set of people. 

I think the most important thing to understand is that there are multiple forms and levels of depression and there is treatment available. Your task might be to find the right treatment for you.

If you can't read or think your way out of your depression there might be a reason for that; like an internal body problem. You won't know that unless you get evaluated and remove the possibility that 
there could be an organic problem inside of your body.

In this episode, I want to look at the definition of depression and some of the resources to learn about the condition. 

If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741.

Resources Mentioned: 

2024 Update: John has a new podcase called Depresh Mode under Maximum Fun. I'm sure you can still access the archives of  The Hilarious World of Depression Podcast. But check out his newish gig. If you would like to buy John Moe's book you can find links at the McMillan book page.

The Mood Mission app helps users deal with anxiety, stress and depression. 

Harvard Health updated post about the Six Common Depression Types.

The American Psychiatry Associations page on What Is Depression
APA also has a page about peripartum and postpartum depression and a page on Seasonal Affected Disorder aka Seasonal Depression.

Depression Basics from the National Institute of Mental Health

Anxiety and Depression Association of America page about Depression.

Office of Women's Health has an information page about Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and some of the treatment options. 

Post Partum.net provides information for moms, dads and families that are experiencing this situation.


Links to other sites are provided for information purposes only and do not constitute endorsements. 

Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder.

This blog and podcast is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in this program is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.