Whenever I see or read articles appertaining to depression, more often than not the accompanying image is of people in ecstatic mode. Young women joyously trailing a scarf up high is a popular one used by publishers, or people laughing uproariously (manic, more like).
An internet acquaintance of mine writes books on depression, and he asked my opinion on some of the content, which was fine, except, as per usual, the scarf-trailing young female. I explained my thoughts and he understood, saying that he didn't have much choice on this, as the publishers always chose the image.
If the articles are trying to tell you that if you follow what they're suggesting, you too can feel like this, and the sufferer may feel that if they don't feel like this, having followed the suggestions, then they're doing something wrong. They're doing a grand job, aren't they? Sufferers of depression may also be thinking: 'Can I achieve that illustrated state of happiness?' Highly unlikely. And they'll possibly be very disappointed that they can't.
People with depression don't feel like this upon recovery. Rarely, if at all. Upon my recovery I felt relief and a sense of disbelief. To be able to smile and mean it is amazing. I don't run around flying scarves (although I could) and I don't laugh uproariously at the flick of a switch, although I have been known to laugh uproariously at silly jokes.
I think that some of these articles - the ones illustrated with women trailing brightly coloured scarves or laughing uproariously with mates - are possibly doing more harm than good.
Better image options, and much more realistic ones, would be of a previously depressed person reading a book with a genuine smile. Or engaged in conversation with friends and obviously interested. Yes, you can attain that feeling. That's not out of reach.
So, I beseech these publishers and editors and those in charge of the design of such material - for goodness sake illustrate them with a normal person smiling and interested.