I think it’s a safe generalization that we all have good days and bad. Sometimes we have a lot more of one than the other. My unprofessional opinion is that it’s normal to have swings in our lives. Rough times, happy times, sad times, angry times, bored times, ambitious times, any other times you care to consider.
So then, when do we pause to consider if we’re in a low period or if we’re actually dealing with depression? I was reading one site that mentioned six months of symptoms. That seemed like an awfully long time to be sad before taking action. On the other hand, if a person is down in the dumps for a few days, there’s no reason to rush out and seek treatment. But where is the line between “that’s life” and depression?
As with any other disease, I expect the sooner you get treatment, the better. Still, you don’t have your gallbladder removed the first time you have heartburn, right? Obviously I have no training or experience with this, and no, I’m not talking about myself. I’m crabby, not depressed. But there’s someone who’s recently seemed more down than usual. I looked up the sypmtoms of depression and this person exhibits maybe 3 or 4 on a list of a dozen - it’s been less than a week. I offer a shoulder and an ear. If it seems to continue, when should I offer the suggestion of seeking help?