Depression is perhaps the most widespread form of mental illness and I know a lot of people suffer from it in this fandom. It's an interesting topic to me, actually all forms of mental issues interests me, don't be shy if you have something different to add. So is depression real? We all can feel sadness. Even I myself feel bummed sometimes. But it always goes away. Of course chronic sadness is not the only way depression manifests. There are many other symptoms, fatigue, lack of motivation, I'm not qualified to name them all. But I think they are just extensions of intense sadness anyway. I've heard there are two main reasons why people get depressed: 1) Something really bad happens. But why not to just let go? Life goes on, things change, wounds heal up. But why people keep poking their wounds? They poke it for months, now it's all infected, puss is everywhere. You catch my drift, don't you? Thinking about it doesn't do anything good. It blows my mind when people say, I want to talk about my depression. Oh god, seriously!? 2) Your life is shit. Well, what did you expect? Being stressed 24/7 is bad. It seems a lot people forget a body isn't the only thing which needs to be taken care of. What can you do? Ask people in Africa why they don't have mass depression epidemic, despite not even having clean drinking water. Different attitude! Wait, but did I just say depression is real myself? TL;DR Depression is the same as being fat, so yes it is real, but it is caused by bad habits and poor life choices alone, just as obesity. It's purely a psychological condition. Everything is alright with your head, you're not sick, you just need to live a mentally healthier lifestyle and all be good.