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I wouldn't say I agree with the wording "refusal to imagine a better life". At my lowest points, I have been absolutely unable to see a better future until something happened that reassured me that it will get better.
Maybe the word "unable"/unwilling is a better choice than "refusal". However my point is a depressed person has a "limited view" and not one that contains options and possibilities. Oftentimes they'll shun anyone who attempts to lift their spirits
dashing.. apparently you have "never" been depressed in your life. I mean real depression. Not just being sad because your dog died.
In my experience dealing with depression and helping others around me, the "shunning" you speak of is not so much of "shunning". It is the inability to accept that others can see the good in your life better than yourself
JT, I doubt it's possible for anyone to live over 5 decades without having experienced depression beyond having a pet die. My point is depression is based upon one's "perception". When one stops being depressed it's not due to the world changing.
Great answer, JThomp. There are so many myths and misunderstandings about depression. The stigma is incredible.
Like you, I have depression & PTSD. I also have BPD & anxiety disorders. How people see mental illness is ridiculous.