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Independent: I battled depression for six years, I didn’t just ‘get over it’ overnight

October 10, 2012

On World Mental Health Day The Independent is carrying a first-person account of a long battle with depression.

Let’s just get one thing straight: everybody does not get depressed, as India Knight seems to think, writing in her Sunday Times column this weekend.Depression is not just feeling a bit down. It is a debilitating illness, estimated to affect one in five women and one in ten men, which negatively affects relationships, the ability to work and, in sever cases, can lead to suicide. I don’t mean to patronise when I say that only those of us who have been depressed know about depression but, as one commentator put it, "We’ve all had a cold, but we haven’t all had pneumonia".

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/world-mental-health-day-i-battled-depression-for-six-years-i-didnt-just-get-over-it-overnight-8205008.html

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