• What is melancholy?

    December 1, 2014
    What is melancholy?

    The word "melancholia" comes from the ancient Greek language. The word consists of two roots, which in translation mean "dark" and "bile." This term was coined by the well-known Greek physician Hippocrates. Let's take a closer look at what is melancholy.

    Medical term

    At the time of Hippocrates and for a long time after his death, melancholy was called mental disorder, characterized by exhaustion, mental agony. The patient sees everything in black, often his sadness is inexplicable and is not directly related to external factors. This condition of the patient continues for a long time and is difficult to treat. It was believed that the cause of this condition is an excess of bile in the body. Currently, the term "depression" is used in medicine.

    Psychological condition

    Today, melancholy is called the depressed, dull, depressed state of a person. The person does not suffer from this mental disorder. A person who is prone to melancholy, there is a gloomy joyless mood, lack of interest in life, it covers the feeling of worthlessness and helplessness.

    In the Russian language they also used the word "spleen" and "spleen".

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