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Old 08.07.2019, 13:43
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Re: Happy - are you?

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Yes but don't take my statement out of context. I never implied that there had to be a 'reason' for depression! What I have said is quite simple, you cannot justify every issue a person has as 'depression'...
Huh? what in God's name would it be if not a mental illness?

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In particular, from your post Samaire13 but also others, and real-life experience, I'd be interested to know how you feel you can determine which are genuine and which are the fake cases? The thing is, most of those I've ever met, who were experiencing depression, did not fulfil a cliché of a "mad, mentally ill, deranged" person, but also not even of the Hollywood cliché of a person with depression (dirty, miserable looking, groaning and sighing, helpless, complaining, unable to understand a conversation)
Oh for example the dozens of cases in my company who weren't happy with a performance rating or whatever and then called in sick with "burnout" the next day, and didn't show up again for months on end, if ever (of course at full pay as our company is very generous). That kind of case. Yes depression can hit out of nowhere, I've seen it, I've even seen it lead to one case of a shockingly sudden suicide, but all those cases? Nope, not real. And a slap in the face for everyone who actually suffers from mental illness.

I know very well that depression doesn't have to be visible and not everyone is a mad, deranged, dirty, miserable-looking and helpless person. I always give the benefit of the doubt as mental illness has been a recurring theme around me forever, but I indeed know of some cases where it was more than obviously not real and just a (sadly even successful) attempt at extortion.
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