Depression that is situational (and doesn't have a strong hereditary component) may be intense but will likely pass with treatment. But for those who have a brain chemistry that is disposed toward it, it may always be around in one degree or another, even with treatment. As for the question of whether or not it's the same in everyone. In my experience, it's not always the same in me, so I doubt very much it's the same in everyone. Much like with a chronic disease like diabetes, people can have differing degrees and types. Having lived with it myself and seen it in others, I would say that there's a lot of variation in the depth, breadth, and intensity of experience.
If you're interested in more than just a surface understanding, a really good book on the subject is Noonday Demon by Andrew Solomon, a journalist who himself lives with depression.
Seeking form amidst the void.
But if that's not possible, gimme a Margarita...shaken, not stirred...and hold the salt, please.
I was just at the grocery store and the checkout line is already full of Robin Williams tell-all rags. *sigh*
Count your blessings!
Sounds pretty "To Be Expected" to me.
"...each affects the other, and the other affects the next, and the world is full of stories, but the stories are all one." - Mitch Albom, one helluva writer.
When you throw a rock into a pack of dogs, you know which one you hit by the one that yelps!
Yeah, but I don't have to like it.
Count your blessings!
When I see people trashing those in the public eye by bringing up & exaggerating every blip in their lives, I think that if it was me they were trying to trash by bringing up every mistake & bad judgment I've made, they'd probably have a field day. And all in all, I've lead a pretty bland & straight laced life.
It's just that in living our lives we've all made mistakes & done some dumb things. With the exaggerations and amplifications of the tabloids, they could have made Mother Theresa look bad.
I'm not going to bother with that carp about Robin. I choose to remember him for the joy he brought people, both on screen & off. The rest is immaterial.
"Is this Heaven? No, it's Iowa. --Field of Dreams--"
I don't know how many people will remember him, but I do. Don Pardo, long time announcer for Saturday Night Life and more than a few tv game shows, has died at the age of 96. The man had an amazing and memorable voice and a lifetime contract with NBC. He retired from NBC in 2004 but continued to do the SNL introductions from him home.
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
-- Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759
Some of the tributes that past and current SNL cast members wrote for Don were very very touching. Most of them said that his voice was truly the mark that you'd made it. Just think of how many people in comedy would define their ultimate dream as being hearing Don Pardo say their name. I also thought it was striking that Lorne Michaels said he had absolutely no idea what they'd do now. He was quoted as saying he'd thought about it many times, but never had an answer. For a man who always has a general idea of the next step for every aspect of SNL, that shows what an important element of the show he really was.