To start off, like others, I rather not get into the "whole" story because it'll get really long and the cliffs would be a novel too Most people will give the general advice of, go see a doctor or speak to a counsellor. I guess I'm just sharing some things on here in the hopes of alleviating some thoughts/feelings and maybe get a better perspective on things. I notice myself slipping into these 'depressed' states every once in a while. Sometimes it'll last a day or two, others a few weeks, sometimes longer. I might go a whole 4-6 months of feeling great and then I slip into a really negative place. I'm not poor by any means, my social skills are fine, if not above the average person, I am employed, have a great family, loving SO, etc. etc. I've always been the type to not except the 'norm' and to question why we do things a certain way and why our society acts/is geared towards certain behaviours and trends. I've been through a fairly traumatic experience twice in my life; once at a young age and approximately 2 and a half years ago, an experience which almost left me brain dead/dead (was attacked and hospitalized). Before the latter experience, I didn't really notice myself being very sad. Most of the time I would do the usual things: play sports, hang out with friends, read, exercise, go to school/work etc. etc. Actually, prior to me feeling some of these feelings, I was turning things around for myself. I changed my eating habits and did what I had always wanted to do - lose weight and get back into great shape (great for self esteem? amIright? ). I also finished school and the two goals that I had reached really made me feel excited about life and the future. Anyways to continue, many of my friends are either away at school or have moved relatively far away and although I see them, its never for very long or very often (this stuff happens as we grow older and walk different paths most of the time). What makes this even worse is, my gf of a few years is away at school as well. We make every chance we have to see each other and spend time together, and we've made efforts such as buying calling cards, webcams and microphones, etc. to keep in touch on a daily basis. Our relationship is great - I can't really complain aside from the fact that the long distance is crap. When she's home, I notice a bit of 'stress' is off my shoulders. She's physically closer to me, I can see her almost anytime I have a chance, even if it's for a few minutes, and costs/time consumption/effort of communication and visits is significantly reduced. When she and my friends go back to school, it's a total shock to my system. Most of the time I can fight it and I can stay focussed and content, but I do slip into the feeling of just wanting to be alone or sleeping a lot. Sometimes it just feels like life is so shitty in the sense that, there's so many struggles, suffering in life for people, and we're always working so hard and going through all this stuff for the smallest amount of happiness. I have a couple friends who have depression and are on medication and they've told me such things as see a doctor and see what he/she says, find some hobbies, stay busy, etc. I keep relatively busy: I work 9 hour days, I exercise, I have hobbies in sports and I try and hang out with friends, play games, etc. as much as possible. I do not abuse drugs or try and escape reality, but I do ocassionally drink (more of a cultural thing with meals and to enjoy the taste of an alcohol rather than to get wasted and be a fool). Buying things or always spending money doesn't make me happy. I enjoy nice things in life, but really I am the type of person to be content with having a comfortable (decent) life - nothing lavish - and just enjoying experiences/time with the people I really care about. I also consider the idea of moving to get a fresh start and experience a different lifestyle, i.e.: moving to the islands or to Europe, etc. but I don't really know if that'll change things. I really don't want to continue to feel this way, but I have noticed some of the same feelings/thoughts with some of my friends and peers. They've told me they feel sad and 'depressed' or negative at times and I notice some try and escape reality with drugs and what-not. To me it seems that more and more people are showing signs of depression and severe emotional/mental isolation. Am I the only one who gets down often? Is depression becoming a norm in our society? Any thoughts OT?