Referring to http://www.clinical-depression.co.uk/Understanding_Depression/understanding.htm At first glance this article, or rather series, offers unique insight into the nature of this finely debated and heated topic. Many arguments have come to be given regarding if depression truly exists or is a fantasy in the minds of those suffering from it. The better question may well be "is depression" a real phenomena or is it created only by our surroundings? I myself find I do sleep much longer than most people, and when I wasn't taking Zoloft I'd sleep almost always in free time, only waking when work was needed. This would seemingly support the assertion that those suffering with depression dream more than those who are well. I can't ever recall feeling rested or relaxed when I would wake up from sleep, this seems to suggest R.E.M. is not occuring just as the article states. It begins speaking of ruminations being the beginning of this cycle, and how they carry over into arousal which is never fully released. The idea emotional excitement is a cause of depression later is very different than anything we've seen before. Here it's suggested if you don't have a release mechanism for the underlying feelings they'll come back to interrupt your sleeping, then make you depressed. Also stated is that depressive-thinking styles will bring upon more negative emotions, thereby increasing the amount of sleep you do. I myself find this to be accurate, the more depressed I am the longer I'll sleep, or the more I feel I must... even if it doesn't help. When looking at the Cycle Of Depression chart we see a truth that's very difficult to ignore, forever linked are depressive thinking & anxiety which cause emotional aggitation / anger which has noplace to be expressed except in dreams. This will however effect your system for quit abit longer than just the moment it happens, this throws your entire system into chaos later-on. At this point I still have impaired functioning, I can barely handle this job let alone a higher position (even though I may take one). The question is whether or not depression can ever be cured, and these cycles stopped. I find Zoloft helps, but the information presented here seems to explain why. So now all I must ask is whether I can impliment something which will effectively rid me of the depression I might still have, and maybe free me to meet friends, socialize, and work more efficently without weirding people out.