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Depression: What does it look like? A case study

By Mary Ellen Wierschem, Licenced Clinical Social Worker

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual that health professionals use to diagnose depression contends that different types of depression have these characteristics in common:  feelings of sadness, emptiness and irritability, which affect a person physically and mentally. 

Deconstructing "Depression"

By Mary Ellen Wierschem, Licenced Clinical Social Worker

Most of us have a good idea what we mean when we use the term "depression".

Uncle John has been irritable and short-tempered, but that's understandable since he's fallen on hard times with the dairy farm.

Mum doesn't seem herself since Dad's doctor diagnosed him with dementia.

The whole fabric of Anne's life seems in tatters since her Walt left her.