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Depression is frustrating and misunderstood

People struggle to cope with and understand a depressed person no matter how much they care, writes Carol Hunt

Published 25/12/2011 | 05:00

'TALK to someone" is the advice always given to those of us who may occasionally or frequently suffer from that most complicated, debilitating and still frustratingly misunderstood illness: depression.

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I've used the phrase myself, unthinkingly, I realise now, as if that one simple act of personal communication is a cure-all in itself.

Recently, during a conversation about the tragic, untimely death of Kate Fitzgerald and the consequent fallout from the posthumously published account by Kate of her own anguish, a friend -- who also happens to be a therapist -- made a most unwelcome yet baldly honest comment:

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