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Melancholia (Greek μελανχολια) is a mood of non-specific depression. It is characterised by low levels of enthusiasm and low levels of eagerness for activity. It was previously described as a distinct disease as early as the fifth and fourth centuries BC in the Hippocratic writings. It was characterized by "aversion to food, despondency, sleeplessness, irritability, restlessness," as well as the statement that "Grief and fear, when lingering, provoke melancholia". It is now generally believed that melancholia was the same phenomenon as what is now called clinical depression.
A disease? That is rather awesome. :)
Ha ha, clinical depression, I can relate to that.
Thank You Merrin, for this lovely word. :D