My depression began when I was nine years old after a series of traumatic events. I had always been a happy child who loved people, but everything seemed to change that year. I cried, I was sad, and I hung my head when I walked. I felt the change, and my parents saw it too. Depression started young for me, and while it comes and goes and mutates itself in hundreds of ways, I know it will probably always be a part of my life.
The conception of my depression was very clear to me, but I wonder if it was so clear for others. If you have depression or are close to someone who does, do you recall when exactly it started? Could you feel it, see it, recognize symptoms, or contribute it to a specific event at a certain age? Or has it always somehow been there?