Is Happiness the Opposite of Depression—or Its Enemy? | Psychology Today

The title struck me. I never guessed that happiness could be the enemy of depression. Furthermore, a continuous sights of happiness, like in social media, can cause depression.

To whom it may concern, it is quite a special article, non traditional and insightful. Check it out by clicking on the link below.

Let’s say we are all going in a way down the dark road of depression. I sincerely hope not 🙏

18 thoughts on “Is Happiness the Opposite of Depression—or Its Enemy? | Psychology Today”

  1. The exact opposite of depression is anxiety.

    It is because “depression” relates to the past, while “anxiety” relates to the future. If we are focused on “the moment”, then we are creating something, in that moment, so that the future can reflect our hard work.

    Why do you think people take to drinking? It is not because they are depressed, because alcohol is a depressant. They drink, because they fear the future to look just as bad as their past. In that cycle, and because they have no choice but to let their life continue, they “break” the cycle by putting themselves in a stupor, where they deny everything.

    “Anti-anxiety” medication has actually been said by my own primary physician to have the exact same chemical effects on the mind, as alcohol.

    What else can stifle depression, because to know that there is nothing we can do about the past, as the clock keeps ticking and our heart keeps beating?

    Although, the past haunts certain people, almost subconsciously. “Happiness”, I believe, must be obtained by never suppressing one’s own emotions. One should remember the past, but never suppress one’s feelings. So… I believe “contentment” comes before “happiness”.


    1. Never thought of it this way: depression is the opposite of anxiety! That is an eye opening..

      I’m not bragging about this but I am the calm type, rarely anxious and content most of the time. So I can imagine how hard anxiety and depression are but I can’t feel them if u know what I mean.

      So thank you so much for your comment, i just learned something new

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      1. I’ll actually be one to say that depression is the lesser of the two evils, over anxiety. At least with depression, it’s about a memory. It’s about the guilt of knowing what has been done, has been done, but the question remains, which is, “Will it happen, again?”

        Anxiety is the Xenophobic attribute of the human brain, that relates to the “fear of the unknown” or the “fear of what has not happened, yet”. Human beings “fear” what has not happened, yet, though may happen in the future. Of course, one shouldn’t imagine some grave event to occur, because that’s just sheer paranoia.

        Anyway… I’ve only said that depression is not as terrible as anxiety, because depression has more-so to do with guilt, rather than fear.

        Depression can go away by “coming to terms” with the past event. Anxiety, however, is something not so easily understood for what one is anxious about, and one can imagine why that is, since “fear” is an emotion that focuses on everything invisible. As in, events that have yet to occur, though the person still fears them happening, anyway.

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      2. And I would add that a bit of both is normal. One can’t go on in life without regretting something or reflecting on a sad event that took place in the past. Also one can’t deal with life without a bit of anxiety.

        I guess both become a problem when they affect the whole being, physically and mentally.

        I wonder if those 2 are only psychological issues. Sometimes I wonder if they are not social. Some societies don’t experience them, such as some remote African tribes

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      3. About the African tribes you mentioned…

        I’ve heard it to be a fact that within 3rd-world nations, suicide seems to be less prevalent than in 1st-world nations. That is, people with more money and more comfort and ease in their lives, are more likely to kill themselves, or are more likely to suffer with anxiety, unable to do anything about it, than people who live their lives in poverty.

        When I look at that, I see in the former, a comfortable nation that deals with petty issues, turned into big ordeals. And, when I see the latter, I notice a people being built off survival, that is always a moment-by-moment concern. Therefore, those African tribes are most certainly realms of hardened strength, where fear no longer bothers them, because that’s how they live.

        I guess by having much comfort, the greatest fear is losing it. The more privilege, the more fear of it being taken away from us. That must be the reason why the medical world in 1st-world nations have taken to “maintenance” of an issue, so that science can also “maintain a scientific overview” of the issue, so that the most is plundered from the issue.

        I was once in love, myself, and during that relationship, death quite literally stared us both in the face. Fear guided me to save this woman from death, and myself from death, by my own hand, should she have died due to my negligence. “Comfort” was foreseen for the future, though the fear still latched onto me, and I suppose that is the reason why “love” is always the emotion of comfort. In the thought we may lose it, fear strikes us at its strongest.

        As people should know, the human brain is compiled of three separate areas, Lower, Middle, and Higher.

        The lower brain, or the Reptilian brain, is the area of the brain that connects to the nervous system. It controls the heart rate, blood pressure, and also, the “fight or flight” response, which is the same as anxiety.

        The middle, or Mammalian brain, controls Reproduction, creation, and development.

        The higher, or Primate brain, controls the realm of “comfort”, or is the realm of the brain that controls conscious awareness, and allows us full control over the present. It’s the most developed area of the human brain.

        So… I’ll see within 3rd-world nations, the processes of the Lower brain at work.

        I’ll see within 2nd-world nations, that are nations full of heavy industry, the processes of the Middle brain at work.

        And, I’ll see within 1st-world nations, that are the most developed nations, the processes of the Higher brain at work.

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      4. I sometimes think of sleep as a waste of time. Sometimes, as well, I feel overconfident enough to lose some sleep to get some more work done. Though, I usually do get my 7 hours, I often stay away at times just to write out some more work.

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  2. An excellent post. I had a severe bout of depression years ago, I don’t know what happened, but I found I was perfectly content with my life, I had very little I wanted, but absolutely everything I needed. No more serious depression bouts since (still get occasional moments, but not the months and months of continuous soul destroying despair).
    I wouldn’t say I was happy when I came through it all, but neither did I need to be bouncy happy. Life was good as it was 😊

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  3. Wise words. It is very helpful to face what has been difficult in our past and see how we overcame this. Unfortunately people are discouraged from looking within and are scared to do this.

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