Older than any of us is the expression “Looks can be deceiving” , and it may be acting as a shroud for something far more profound.
Supposedly most of us have gone through at least a stage or two of depression.
Mental health professionals often mention it can be a chemical imbalance.
Other known “triggers” :
Deaths of family, friends
The experiences here were mostly as a young boy. Low self-esteem, feeling under appreciated and neglected. Crying jags, long periods of sleep, insecurity, sense of worthlessness, like that.
But it wasn’t ever diagnosed, so no medications were involved.
Doug’s a good friend who was misdiagnosed. He was hospitalized for depression, but it turned out to be anxiety. Almost killed him. Love ya, brother.
A family tree history of alcoholism and drug abuse still serve as a daily, if not hourly reminder.