First, let me say that I have been depressed and been around those suffering from clinical depression.  I know first-hand how absolutely debilitating and paralyzing it can be. 

This is not meant to be flippant, but I wonder how many of those looking for chemical cures for depression while nonetheless enjoying a fairly opulent lifestyle might benefit from doing some good onto others this holiday season – or any time for that matter.  What might be the therapeutic effect of seeing up close how lucky and blessed we truly are coupled with the feeling of self worth than can only be experienced when helping another human being and experiencing true heartfelt gratitude?  It would also seem to be a whole lot better to have something to do and think about other than one’s own depressed state. 

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