I think that they are different and the same at once
If all empaths are diagnosed with depression *myth btw
All depressed persons are empaths
Not true, there is a higher percentage of depression vs pop. than empaths vs pop.
My depression is often escalated when I think about others, the world, the manipulation of wealth and power for selfish greed. I choose not to focus on the negative, and what upsets me the most is 90% of the pain in our modern world derives from lack of connections with others. When we care more for value and gain than each other, we lose something we have evolved with, We used love to develop the community driven survival tactics of which we are definitely not the only species showing examples of such. We do not work because we love to, we do not reach out to strangers without a reason, we do not choose whats best for all, we choose whats best for us... I refer to the mass populations, where its a dog eat dog world, and experience and knowledge doesn't outweigh sexual favors and exploitation in the workplace, where raises are denied by a manager who receives a bonus for low labor.
Many people lack the ability to understand how their actions or others actions affect other people and future events, for the worse, for the poorer, for the lesser good in the long run, as long as said person gets what they want.
It is possible to be feeling others depression with a broken way of life, we all travel a hard and bumpy road most worse off than others. We live in a time and around so many people that nobody should need for anything, anywhere, ever. Mankind has never known such a way of life, yet new souls are born into a world of technological wonder and material abundance, where the only thing that matters is whats on paper, your education, your IQ, GPA, Deg's, Military service, your gender, your age, your weight, your color, your everything but what matters. We learn and work, yet nobody teaches you how to live, which is what all life exists to do. We lose love, hope, and wonder for the world as it is in all of its majestic and mysterious beauty. We find ourselves sad. If you suffer from bi-polar disorder, it just means you can see for yourself, rather than through the lenses of social engineering. Like they said before me, they slapped a title and some mind-numbing pills on it, made some money and have no idea how debilitating it is to people.
I never sought out mental or psychological help because it felt more depressing to give in and subject myself to dulling down through chemical bonds, just to feel okay about the problems that surround me? No, depression is very powerful, It can lead to suicide, murder, and major psychological problems to say the least. If we would get our shit together the same motivation we have to be sad could be just as powerful to be happy. I try to use my depression as strength to say what others wont, to fix what nobody sees as broken, to stand up for the weak and defend the freedom of love and life to those who are prisoner to money and greed. If I took a pill I wouldn't be as good a person, Through my pain I find the light.