Are you stressed, anxious or depressed? When this happens we may feel weak and it seems we have little control of how we think, feel and behave. There are several techniques that a person can learn quite easily to begin to enjoy life again.
The rates of depression have risen by almost 1000% since 1945. There are many reasons for this increase one of which is because depression has largely become de-stigmatised and there is less shame attached to admitting to suffering. There is, however, no gene for depression and no physical test at the doctors to see if you are depressed or not.
Depression has a ripple effect from the individual out to family, relationships, work and physical health. A depressed person feels hopeless and lacks motivation. This leads to them often being passive. They have black and white thinking and spend a lot of time ruminating on negative thoughts. This creates stress and anxiety (even if there seems to be a degree of flatness). And quite often a person has exaggerated emotional response to things.