Is depression a fad diagnosis?

Major depression has been recognized by physicians since the beginning of written medicine, and during that time, depression symptoms have not changed. The Greek godfather of medicine, Hippocrates (who authored the Hippocratic Oath sworn by most doctors), described major depression symptoms in 400 BC: sleeplessness, despondency, irritability, restlessness, and an aversion to food. One of the first English language books on depression was published in 1621 (The Anatomy of Melancholy by Robert Burton). Depression is no trendy diagnosis; we have known about it and been aware of its seriousness for a long time.