Of all psychological disorders, depression is perhaps the most stressful, both for those who suffer from it and for their environment. Depression is not just an ordinary dip or a bad mood but a persistent sense of total meaninglessness.
Often it affects people after, visible, radical events (resignation, divorce, loss) but usually there is an invisible wound (damaged sense of self, self-reproach, self-criticism, guilt).
In contrast to what is often thought, depression does not go away on its own. Time does not heal these wounds. The prognosis for treatment is favorable for an onset of depression, (65-75% recovers with psychotherapy, with or without medication) but is considerably worse with recurrent depression (45-50% has a chronic course). Important is therefore a premature recognition and quick treatment.