Is Depression ‘Normal’?

As a therapist, I get asked this question over and over again, “Is depression a ‘normal’ part of life?” The answer is quite paradoxical: It is ‘normal’ for people to get depressed, but depression is not a ‘normal’ state of being. So while it may be normal for some of us to be more susceptible to depression and its symptoms, being resigned to live with the negative effects of depression—day in and day out—is notthe norm.