This Is The Problem With Casually Using The Word 'Depressed'

This Is The Problem With Casually Using The Word 'Depressed'

Twenty years ago, over the course of a few days in September, my life went dim — as if a pane of tinted glass had been lowered between me and the world. My thoughts and movements were sluggish, and my drive to do much of anything, even things I normally enjoyed, had vaporized. I was anxious and oversensitive in social interactions and even the smallest decisions (what to eat for lunch, what to wear) filled me with indescribable dread. Worst of all, I had no idea why life suddenly felt so joyless and oppressive. I was in a job I...

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