Originally Posted by CDubbie
I find it hard to believe that a segment population (TCS) has 67% of its people truly suffering from a clinical depression.
Why is that so hard to believe?
First, this is an online community, which gives people that don't have much for a social outlet IRL a place to go to meet like-minded people, and lots of folks who spend lots of time on the computer rather than out in the real world DO have a tendancy to have a higher percentage of depression - it can come with isolation, be that self-imposed or not.
Second, I have found - in real life - that most folks that I know that have furry pets tend to have slightly depressive personalities - the pets are what keep us going, they give us a reason to get up every day, they give us unconditional love that we don't get elsewhere in our lives...personally, I'm not surprised that the percentage is so high.
However, to clarify, not all forms of depression are clinical. For example, Babyharley's depression is event related, and not chemical.
I think that there are tons of folks out there that are depressed and just don't recognize it. The way the world is today, life pressure's, the economies, the wars and conflicts - I would think that the true percentage of folks that experience depression would be much higher than 67%.