When was the last time you went on a vacation? According to a TD bank survey, “93% of Canadians think vacations are important to be ‘happy’ but only 43% report using up all of the days they are entitled to” (Marr, 2014). As the third last nation in terms of mandated vacation days (CBC News, 2013), it is a little embarrassing that we cannot even make use of the very few days that we are allotted.
This article from The Guardian aims to answer the complicated question "what is depression?" in response to a commonly googled phenomenon. We recommend a read through this comprehensive article to learn from these interesting perspectives and in this post will share some points that stood out to us.
Many of us know that mental illness is complicated and impacted by countless factors. Mental illnesses present themselves differently in every person, and treatment options will affect two people differently as well. This article highlights the uncertainties that medical professionals have about depression, and shares some theories about why the illness exists. Despite having such a high prevalence, causes of depression are mostly guesswork at this point. Symptoms vary from individual to individual. Treatment options are often trial and error and it takes a great deal of time to develop a suitable and long-term treatment plan for each individual.