"[T]hou wouldst not think how ill all's here about my heart" seems to go for a lot of us, these days. Now, the thing about Depressions, great or otherwise, is that they can be depressing, and why not? Depressive realism has a lot to be said for it. And for those who remember the last financial crash, Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy 5 days ago (September 15, 2008), precipitating the massive financial shitstorm we're in today. So, happy anniversary!
But also the good news: At least for myself, I just realized -- and not realizing is part of the syndrome -- that the shortening day of the changing season was triggering feelings of Seasonal Affective Depression. So the light bulb, and I mean this literally, goes on!
In my experience, at least, knowing that SAD is kicking in is much more than half the battle; it's rule-governed, physiological; there are measures I can take to keep my balance.
And quite seriously, though the world at the elite level has gone crazy stupid with tribal hatred and death-dealing corruption and throat-stomping greed, at the garden level I have so much to be happy about and grateful for. So I need to make sure that I get plenty of light and more exercise so that I realize the good fortune that is indeed mine.