As mentioned in the last post (Part 3 in this series) people too often think of depression as merely being a collection of sad thoughts and feelings. But it’s actually a complicated system of forces, all working together to generate an overwhelming sense of futility.
Underestimating depression can be a lethal mistake. This is particularly true for those on the autism spectrum since, as described in this recent post (Part 2), depression can hide behind autistic traits.
Here is a Depression infographic created by artist Nick Steimling, based on the last post. It breaks down the various interlocking components of depression and hopelessness. (Part 1 features a discussion with a psychologist on the topic of depression; Part 4 looks at the role sensory issues can play.)