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We all have ups and downs. Some people are very moody and emotionally intense. How does a parent separate the normal swings of a youth's tumultuous life from a real depression that needs treatment?
As far back as I could remember, my happiness was hinged on the approval of other people -- their opinions, their presence and their happiness. How could this be, I wondered, and why was I so dependent on other people to feel good about my life?
So many people live with a subtle, toxic level of angst, turning each aspect of their daily lives into drab shades of grey. It becomes their way of being, making it difficult to excel at anything. The...