Freudian Script: Depression

Time for another Freudian Script, the series on psychology and psychiatry for writers. The topic this week is: Depression. DISCLAIMER: This blog post is designed for writers of fiction. If you are concerned that you or someone you know has symptoms of mental health problems, please see your doctor. What is depression? You know that bit in the movie where it's all gone to shit - the "All is Lost" moment? And the hero grows a beard, drinks a lot of whiskey and becomes a recluse. He may even contemplate his gun collection with a mournful expression. But then some small piece of inspiration comes along and he decides to fight on, and the beard and the whiskey and the melancholy is forgotten. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wei3ydjvGe0 Yeah, that's not depression. It could be described as an acute stress reaction or an adjustment disorder, depending on the length of the misery. In the case of Christian from Moulin Rouge, it is grief. But it is not depression. Depression is a...
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