Depression is a funny old thing, it can hit anyone at any sage of life, sometimes for no apparent reason. And we all react to it differently. Sometimes it's hard to get out of bed, sometimes you may not be aware that you are depressed. In any case, what Im trying to get at here is the positive effects of depression. Yeah, in my view there are those too. I'll take myself as an example: pre-depression: Hard working, ambitious, non-self centered. My job was all, and I poured myself into my profession in the hopes that it would lead to a greater pay-off down the road. It can sound like it was good, but in all honesty I was miserable or in denial. depression: Started skipping work, became more egoistic and self-centered, less ambitious. In general I have become more laid back, not so uptight about things, tend to see the bigger picture. Since my depression I started taking work outs seriously, which helped my mental anguish considerably. In essence I hate myself how I was before my depression. Even though mentally Im still a ways of from being "normal", at the same time I am not as self-critical as I was before. Which on the whole I think is positive. Anyone else have positive experience of depression?