National Depressed Day

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Hey there! Are you ready for a day that will turn those frowns upside down? It's National Depressed Day, a day that celebrates the power of positivity and lets us all embrace our emotions. Whether you're feeling blue or just want to spread some cheer, this national day is all about finding joy in the little things. So, let's dive into the history, celebrations, and fun facts of National Depressed Day!

When is Depressed Day?

It's national depressed day on the 23rd July.

The History of National Depressed Day

While you might think a day focused on being depressed sounds a little strange, National Depressed Day actually has a meaningful purpose. It originated from the internet culture of creating 'counter-national days' as a way to bring lightness to serious topics. The idea behind National Depressed Day is to embrace our emotions and support those who might be going through a tough time. It's a reminder that it's okay to feel down sometimes, as long as we also remember to seek help, find ways to cope, and support others when they need it.

Celebrations and Activities

On National Depressed Day, the main goal is to spread joy and positivity. Many people take this day as an opportunity to engage in activities that lift their spirits and help others do the same. Here are a few ideas to celebrate this unique national day:

  • Reach out to loved ones: Call or send a heartfelt message to someone who might be feeling down. A small gesture can make a big difference.
  • Food therapy: Treat yourself to your favorite comfort food or try cooking a new recipe that brings you happiness.
  • Sports or exercise: Engage in physical activities to release endorphins and boost your mood. It could be anything from a stroll in the park to a game of basketball with friends.
  • Remembrance wall: Create a special space where you can honor and remember loved ones who are no longer with us.

Did You Know?

On National Depressed Day, did you know that snuggling with cats has been scientifically proven to reduce anxiety and promote feelings of happiness? So, next time you're feeling down, grab a fluffy feline friend and let the healing begin!

History behind the term 'Depressed'


Origins in Latin

The term 'depressed' traces its roots back to the Latin word 'depressus', which means 'pressed down' or 'pushed down'. In Latin, the prefix 'de-' implies a reversal or negation, while 'pressus' refers to pressing or pushing. This word laid the foundation for understanding depression as a state of being pushed down or weighed down, foreshadowing the modern understanding of the term.

17th Century

Emergence in English

During the 17th century, the word 'depressed' began to find its way into the English language, adopting a similar meaning to its Latin origin. It was employed in both medical and non-medical contexts to describe a profound state of low mood or unhappiness. The term gained popularity in various literary works, giving it further significance within English literature.

19th Century

Psychiatric Use

In the 19th century, 'depressed' took on a key role in the emerging field of psychiatry. It became a term used to describe a specific mental health condition characterized by persistent feelings of sadness and loss of interest in activities. Psychiatrists began recognizing depression as an illness rather than just a temporary emotional state, paving the way for further research and treatment options.

20th Century

Evolution of Understanding

Throughout the 20th century, the understanding and perception of depression continued to evolve. Researchers delved into the biological, psychological, and social factors contributing to the condition, leading to the development of various therapeutic approaches. The advancement of psychiatric medications further transformed the landscape of depression treatment, offering new possibilities for those affected.

Present Day

Continued Awareness and Support

In the present day, the term 'depressed' maintains its significance as a widely recognized term for a mental health condition. Increased awareness about depression has led to reduced stigma surrounding the illness, encouraging individuals to seek help and support. National days focused on mental health, such as World Mental Health Day, contribute to ongoing efforts to promote understanding and provide resources for those affected by depression.

Did you know?

On National Depressed Day, did you know that snuggling with cats has been scientifically proven to reduce anxiety and promote feelings of happiness? So, next time you're feeling down, grab a fluffy feline friend and let the healing begin!


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First identified

24th March 2015

Most mentioned on

23rd July 2015

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