"I become depressed frequently, and as far as I am concerned, in this world, much of the time anyway, depression is the only mood that makes sense. Here is my definitive theory of depression: It is caused by the depressing things that happen to us. Among a great many other things, it depresses me that depression itself has been turned by psychiatry and psychology into a disease process, something the medical community tells us is 'treatable.' Depression will never be treatable, and the reason is that it is built into the human condition itself. Human life has very depressing things within it, and to encounter these things is to be depressed by them. The idea that one can or should 'treat' depression makes little sense. Sometimes I have the depressing thought that nonsense rules the world."
- George Atwood