Some notes on depression:
1) Recently Scientific American cited a study that concluded that even a single concussion can increase the risk of suicide.
2) In talking with family, friends and professionals i have sometimes talked about how during my early bouts with it (ages 11-28) were often marked by a feeling the world went 'gray'. Now i'm well aware depression has multiple causes and manifests in highly individually ways, probably influenced/shaped by what the causative factor or as happened with me factorS. (For me Genetics a strong possibility, Modeling of parental patterns even stronger, SAD which is a biologically causative factor, and life experiences which warranted sadness/grief). Still i found this article http://www.healthaim.com/feeling-blue-researchers-reveal-sadness-affects-color-perception/27865 very interesting because of how my early bouts manifested. Depression isn't always 'sadness' i know, often it's a burdensome apathy, lack of motivation, when none of the things that usually make you smile have their usual affect.
It was odd cause if pressed--like someone said the Red car or dress--i could spot what they were indicating but in my head...it still tended to look 'washed out'. To illustrate the difference.
First photo is of a table cloth in an Abiquiu cafe last September...with natural colors.
This second photo is edited to about how it would have looked to me when in the grip of depression, which the photo edit on Window 10 tells me is -75 saturation. There were times when it was more like 100%, being totally shades of gray with some black and white. Anyone else ever experience this?
One of the things that interests me about the findings of this study are that it shows that the mind body connection is a two way street---just as physical body can affect thoughts, mood our thoughts/feelings/moods can affect our physical perceptions and even body chemistry. Suspect this why i was able to learn to catch myself when spiraling down into the abyss. i would recognize the changes and i developed strategies for climbing back up.
3) My daughter and i were talking about this subject and she mentioned that some of things she monitors to know if i'm spiraling are A) My excitement about little things---from natural phenomena to interesting human behavior, scientific finds (when 'normal' i tend to get very enthusiastic about such observations---especially if it's something i've long suspected and science is confirming) and B) My interactions with our critters...usually play and cuddle with them every day no matter how busy and verbalize how much i love them as well as telling her daily that i love her.