I have been struck by the fact that there seems to me to be 2 very different types of depression. One that comes upon people no matter what is happening in their lives and one that depends very much on what is happening in their lives. One person may be rich, successful and have 'everything a person could desire' but the Black Dog hounds them relentlessly, randomly and mercilessly. Another may be a farmer plagued by years of drought who thinks about ending his own life every day, then the rain comes, he gets a bumper crop and all thoughts of suicide disappear like they had never existed. These seem to indicate 2 fundamentally different types of conditions to me although both of them are given the same name under the current medical paradigm, they are both called simply 'depression', treated identically, and there seems to be no clinical differentiation between them. I think these are actually 2 entirely different disorders and I would like to know if anyone else feels this distinction is valid.