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  • To depress something is to push down on it.

  • If you keep it there, the object can be said to exist in a state of depression.

  • After his involvement in the war with the Olympian gods, Atlas - one of the Titans - was

  • given the punishment of holding up the sky for eternity.

  • Only a fool would mistake Atlas' immobility, stagnation, and depressed state for weakness.

  • Could they not see that he bore the weight of the whole world on his shoulders?

  • When I see Atlas, the enduring, I see the embodiment of strength.

  • Doomed to bear that weight for eternity, he refused to let it crush him.

  • I wouldn't blame him if he did.

  • Eternity is, after all, a long time.

  • I wonder, if Heracles really did construct pillars to free Atlas, how great it must have

  • felt to be liberated from that weight.

  • Did the world rejoice when they had freed up such a strong titan from his immense load?

  • Anyone who could bear such a weight was surely capable of accomplishing much more now that

  • he was free.

  • To live life is to bear a weight.

  • Some weights are taken up voluntarily and others are imposed on us.

  • Some we can bear, while others begin to crush us and, like Atlas, we can become depressed

  • under these weights.

  • The cause of the weights we all bear is complex and is unlikely to come down to one factor.

  • Our weights are built up by both biological and environmental factors.

  • Your physiology, your psychology, and your society all intertwine to form the unique

  • load that you carry.

  • To view depression through a lens of strength or weakness is meaningless.

  • So many variables contribute to the weight any individual carries and it's mostly invisible

  • to us.

  • All that we can see, if an individual allows us, is that the weight has become too heavy

  • for them.

  • The question isn't ,”why can't you lift that loadbuthow can I help you lift

  • it”.

  • Even as Atlas bore the weight of the whole world with his godly strength, he still needed

  • the help of Heracles to be liberated.

  • And, I wonder, how much better the world was for it.

  • According to the World Health Organization, depression is the leading cause of disability

  • worldwide [2].

  • Imagine how much human potential we could liberate by taking this collective weight

  • off of the world and helping people bear their loads.

  • We've come a long way in the fight against depression.

  • We've gone from a theory of humoural imbalance to one of chemical imbalances which manifested

  • itself in various medicines that have helped lots of people [1].

  • Neuroscience is gaining a deeper understanding of our brain and even moving past this simplistic

  • model [4].

  • Future medicinal treatments may prevent the impact of early childhood stress on the brain,

  • or we may treat the cause of anhedoniawhich is an inability to feel pleasurethat

  • depressed individuals often suffer from [3, 4].

  • We've gone from a mechanistic or mechanical view of people to a more humane one [1].

  • Individuals have a unique psychology, and that psychology can be fortified and altered

  • to help them bear the weight of existence.

  • This has manifested itself in different therapies like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which

  • has proven to be very effective at treating depression [2, 5].

  • As we understand the physiological and psychological processes better, we can structure our society

  • better to help lessen the load we impose on others.

  • We can free people of this immense weight that blocks their full potential, and we will

  • all be better off for it.

  • If you feel the weight of your existence bearing down on you, please seek help.

  • Depression is not something that you can just get over.

  • It often requires a detailed look at an individual's physiology, psychology, and environment, and

  • the solution might require addressing all three.

  • There are teams of experts trained to help lift these loads.

  • It matters that you do it for yourself.

  • You have a unique potential to manifest, and this is just one battle of many that you will

  • go on to win.

  • But, it also matters to the world.

  • Each individual victory is a collective victory, and we will all be better off for it.

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