Depression vs. Impression: Would you wear a happy face like a mask in order to make other people happy and like you, even though you were not happy?

Woman Smiling  Evelyn is a forty two year old associate lawyer working seventy hours a week for a large firm specializing in commercial real estate. She is married and has three beautiful teen age daughters, and a husband, named Stan, who loves her. Stan is a senior partner in an engineering firm. They live in a three bedroom ranch in an exclusive gated community, that overlooks the gulf of mexico from their back patio. She drives a BMW, Stan drives the Porche SUV,the girls each have their own sports cars and go to a private school. Evelyn is the president of the booster club at her daughters’ school, and active in several other civic organizations. She is always friendly, courteous, and appears, at least on the outside, happy. Evelyn is known for her warm, perpetual smile. She has achieved the life that every woman thinks she wants, a perfect balance of family, community and career. One day Stan comes home to find Evelyn unconscious in the front seat of her car, still running in the closed garage. She had placed a vacuum hose over the exhast pipe and ran it up through the back window so that the fumes would fill the automobile. She did not leave a note to tell Stan, her daughters, or the world why she would want to take her own life. All Stan found in her hand was a book, written by an author who had also committed suicide, Virginia Woolf. (in the next blog-the title of the book revealed). [this is a ficticious characterization used for exposition purposes only. Any connection to a real person or scenario is completely coincidental).

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