I remember being in a funk like that - I got to the point where I was just soooo sad and for no reason. I did the same thing as her, comparing myself to people worse off, and I'd be mad that I was still sad.
The thing that ended up sparking me out of it was when I was at my lowest, didn't know where to go to talk to anyone, I looked up a psychiatrist in the phone book. I think I had maybe $200 left in my account, and was looking for a job... (no insurance). So I called this number, and told the lady that I thought I just needed to talk to someone... and she started scheduling an appointment. Then she asked about my insurance, which I hadn't even thought about, and I told her I'd just have to pay. So she told me that the rate was $200 per hour. I told her, "You know... I don't think I'm THAT depressed. Nevermind."
And that right there was enough to make me realize I wasn't $200 worth of depressed, and I need to pick my damn self up and get a job. So I painted every room in my house and rearranged all the furniture and snapped out of it.
Yeah, I had a period like that in high school. it dragged on for waaay too long and by the end there were only about two people who could stand to be around me- or pretend to ( thanks, doc)
Anyway, my parents sent me to a psychologist and I lied through my teeth until she said I was "better". I remember walking out of there with a sense of victory, like I totally put one over on everyone. I stil had my depression, damnit, you can't take that from me!! But... I still had my depression. And it sucked.
And then one day I decided that I was all done being depressed. Just like that. "fuck this, I'm going to be happy". And i was.
And I have been ever since. Not happy every day, but never depressed like that again, and never without reason. For me it was mind over matter. Some people aren't so lucky.
i got to work this morning (the power is still out so a few of us showed up just to clean for 4 hours and get some time in in the cold and the dark). and as we got out of the car, my coworker (to whom i gave the "Clean all the things" t-shirt for xmas last year) shouted out "Clean all the things!!" with a fist in the air.
then i see this on facebook....
i certainly do hope she's getting some profit from her work, but i somehow doubt that it's more than exposure.