In the wake of Robin Williams suicide, Scott and Josh take a look at the state of depression in the US today. J.P. Ward A huge part of depression for me is ANHEDONIA. The inability to naturally experience pleasure. As if the pleasure receptors in my brain have gone dead, killing any sense of reward, thus making it impossible to set goals & find any sense of purpose or meaning in my life. It’s hard to convey. I’m not a poet or philosopher. Sometimes it takes one to know one. Regarding significant others with depression – Telling someone to “snap out of it” only further alienates the depressed party. I think the best way for the non-depressed party to respond is with simple empathy. “I may not fully understand what you’re going through, but I’m here if you need me.” Just reaffirm to the depressed party the message: YOU’RE NOT ALONE. Jason-Wyne I think the addition of crazy on you, as an open is hilarious. I do suffer from a mental illness, borderline personality disorder, and dystemia, but I learned to have fun with diagnosis, and laugh at myself. pt-br.facebook.com I love it when folks get together and share ideas. Great blog, continue the good work!