Ummm... what? I've been depressed for years and I've never had a problem laughing. That's not a symptom of depression.
I've done that, and then I get this overwhelming feeling of guilt. Like I am not supposed to be happy.
Everyone experiences depression and related ailments differently*. Perhaps "apathy" would be the best word to use to describe OP's lack of laughter.
EDITED because autocorrect
yeah our brains can be pretty mean =(
Everyone experiences depression and related ailments off fervently.
I can't make any sense of this sentence.
There's 6 comments right now. Did you make this just hoping this thread would blow up and folks would start a circlejerkin?
Such a good write-up and examples, ass-cunt!
It definitely can be. A common symptom of depression is joy being taken out of things you used to enjoy. Laughing can fall under that category as well as the content that makes that laughter (things that you used to think were hilarious are not hilarious anymore.) Depression can also leave you to lose your self-esteem and your self esteem affects your self image and your self image is a big part of where your mind derives confidence. You need confidence to express your emotions fully and accurately. Some individuals describe symptoms of smiling not feeling natural anymore, this can be caused by complete lack of confidence or extreme anxiety where your brain is in constant worry (if your sympathetic nervous system is constantly firing off fight or flight signals to stimulate your adrenal glands, then how are you going to be able to smile when you're amped up?) Depression and anxiety are usually paired, but operate differently on a person-to-person basis. So, you can have different levels of each affecting each person, which produces a wide variety of subjective symptoms. There's a good example I read somewhere: Two people who are driving separate cars are on a freeway and rush hour is happening. One of the two individuals takes this time in gridlocked traffic to relax and take this time to listen to music, the other person is experiencing claustrophobia and is afraid that she might lose control of the car due to a panic attack. What's the difference between their situations? Objectively, nothing but, subjectively, they are experiencing the situations in a drastically different way. That's a cool thought--any situation that we experience is completely neutral. The only thing that makes the situation actually mean something is our unique brain trying to interpret things based on its past experiences and applying it to the present experience. That's what subjectivity is, a person cannot experience life the same as another person because every moment of your life is unique to you and only you. Life is just a learning process and your experiences mold who you are and how you react to the world around you. All of this is to attempt to explain how laughing at things can easily be a symptom of depression.