Depressive disease is a Medical disease that affects feelings,
thoughts, behavior, physical health, interpersonal relationships, job performance, sex
life and other behavior patterns of the affected person day after day.
Depressive disease is not just "feelings of hopelessness".
It is more than being sad or feeling grief after a loss.
Depressive disease is universal and has been prevalent since time
immemorial. Its clinical features were described in ancient Indian literature by Sudarka.
It figures prominently in the sacred writings of India, its mythologies, literature
the twin epics viz, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. In the Mahabharata, Arjun was
afflicted with Depression, which was relieved by Lord Krishnas firm handling and
counseling. Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of USA and Winston Churchill,
the Prime Minister of England also suffered from Depressive disease.
Depressive disease is observed in people from all countries and every
culture, affecting both sexes, sparing neither the rich nor the poor, tormenting all ages,
forcing the exit of some through self destruction (suicide) and steadfastly maintaining its core clinical features
down the centuries.
The term "Depression" is so commonly used in everyday
transaction that if fails to convince the people around that "Depression" could
be a disease in itself. The depth and the intensity of Depressive disease is usually not
recognized and not appreciated by the family members and the people around. Depressive
disease is in fact one of the most common agonizing illnesses and only the sufferer
experiences its real intensity.