Most doctors are now well aware of the dangers of depression and how widespread it is.
Wet harvests and falling stock prices can trigger depths of depression that can be hard to cope with and if not tackled head on, can lead to years of misery.
Autumn and winter are times when we can be especially vulnerable to this most debilitating of ailments.
I cannot recall where I read the following description of depression, but it was so well written I copied it down.
"Depression is such a cruel punishment. There are no fevers, no rashes, no blood tests to send people scurrying in concern, just the slow erosion of self, as insidious as cancer. And like cancer, it is essentially a solitary experience; a room in hell with only your name on the door."
There are many medical treatments available but in general it is something we ultimately have to deal with ourselves and can frequently be cured by following simple recommended guidelines.
These include using a Light box to help counteract SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder, an ailment that is brought on by reduced light during the winter months.
One excellent book which might also be of help to sufferers is How to lift Depression - Fast by Joe Griffin and Ivan Tyrell.
It is an interesting and easily read book, full of common sense advice on how to keep one's mental attitude positive and healthy.