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  1. At the beginning of my professional career, I was confronted with the privately expressed hypothesis of an authoritative senior colleague regarding the meaning of depression. He believed that depression is a forced stop for the body in a situation where it is clear that the body does not have enough resources for a full existence. A sort of sleep mode instead of rapid combustion. Many years have passed, and I still haven't decided how to treat this hypothesis.

    And the pros… when a person comes out of depression (if it comes out, of course), he has a different attitude to life and to himself in it. In addition, knowing depression from the inside out, he, unlike the lucky ones who did not suffer from it, sees its manifestations in other depressed people. Theoretically, in any case, it can support you.

  2. Good question. ))

    And if you hit a frying pan on the head, what are the advantages? None at all?

    That's where you're wrong. Yes, they will. Depends on how you hit it, of course.

    And it depends for whom…

    So it is with depression. Only it is still necessary to distinguish between the disease and the “condition”, which many who do not face real depression, so call. Sometimes it's not a frying pan, but a skating rink. It doesn't seem to hit very hard, just to avoid getting hit by it.

    To Elena Zakablutskaya's answer (if I may), I will add that “theoretically” a person who has experienced depression could help himself… Unfortunately, theory does not always coincide with practice. Mental illnesses are often similar to the” bite ” of a jellyfish or stingray – instead of immunity, vulnerability is developed…

  3. The harm is there, and quite direct, because depression has a biochemical basis, the nervous system in a person with depression works differently than in a healthy one, and violations of all these serotonin and dopamine processes affect many systems. Vegetative processes are inhibited, sleep and digestion are disturbed, constipation, gastritis and ulcers occur, problems with the cardiovascular system (for example, neurocirculatory dystonia-a typical somatic manifestation of depression), asthenic syndrome with dizziness and muscle weakness. Quite often, there are cases when the emotional component itself is practically not manifested, and according to psychosomatic signs, depression is still diagnosed. This is a confirmation that it is a disease of the entire body, and not just the senses.�

    And there are also secondary problems that arise due to the lifestyle that people with clinical depression lead – diseases associated with physical inactivity, weight gain or vice versa, anorexia and exhaustion, the development of infections (do not go to the doctor when necessary), and so on. In some cases, people with severe adynamic depression died of exhaustion, because they lost their feelings of hunger and thirst, became indifferent to life, and there was no one to take care of them.

    There is nothing useful for the body in depression, as far as I know. In a psychological sense, this is an experience that everyone deals with in their own way. Some people become more empathetic and sensitive due to depression, but this is not an indisputable plus for everyone.

  4. Yes, more indirectly than directly. Sleep problems, irritability, inability to perform daily routines, and in the worst case, a failed suicide attempt can severely impair a person's health. Direct exposure to depression affects wound healing. In people with depression, they heal more difficult.
    The benefits for the body and psyche of depression are unknown, except that you can gain valuable experience and help important people if others do not take their illness seriously.

  5. The main advantage of depression is that it makes you look at yourself from the outside, wait out a difficult time. Depression is an ideal time for introspection, for finding problems and solutions to them, a time when you need to think about what was good in your life, believe me, such things always help to live🌅

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