The authors collected a large number of research interviews with
relatives of patients from a psychiatric research clinic. Half of these
patients were clinically depressed; their relatives as well as the rest of
the relatives interviewed were therefore at high risk for depression.
However, few of the relatives reported memorable dysphoria or any clustered
episodes of other affective symptoms. The authors conclude from these data
that, contrary to the opinions expressed by some, not everyone has episodes
of depression. Everybody is not depressed.