I suppose the reason I find it so irritating when professionals - psychiatrists, psychologists, all of them - describe experiences of depression is that I spent 20 years being 'helped' and treated for the wrong diagnosis by those same professionals.
During those 20 years, I must have taken at least 6 different antidepressants. Let's count them.

Imipramine. Amitryptiline. Lofepramine. Venlafaxine. Citalopram. Trazodone.
Each course of antidepressant producing side effects nearly as bad as. Sometimes worse.

A GP telling me when I refused to carry on taking the Lofepramine she had been prescribing for the last month:

"Well if you won't take your medication, then you won't get better".
The first time I experienced a hypomanic episode triggered by an SSRI. Far more sudden and extreme and life threatening than anything I had previously experienced off meds.

At least my psychiatrist had the decency to say sorry. He hadn't understood the scale on my mood charts.
The time I went for assessment for CBT by Senior Clinical Psychologist from Warneford.

I have never met a more condescending lady with horribly superior manner. "No no no, no chemical imbalances" when I attempted to answer question about what might be causing my depressive bouts
The course of CBT was a joke. After 6 half hour sessions, I was just about ready to open up to the Clinical Psychologist, a deeply empathetic young lady. But that was it, all over now, you will have to deal with it on your own now.
Another 5 years later and my then GP encouraged me to go and be assessed for counselling. Another lengthy assessment - often longer than the actual treatment - followed by a letter in the post stating that I was unlikely to benefit from counselling. No explanation provided.
Then there was another GP - I must have gone through 10 different GPs in < 15 years - he was the head of the Practice. I went to him after a telephone consultation with my private psychiatrist who gave me detailed instruction on taking Temazepam to treat a hypomanic episode.
But the Head of Practice decided he was not going to be following instructions from a private psychiatrist, he would make his own assessment, and he refused to give me medication.

Result:
Later the same day, I lost my job.
The day after I was sectioned by the local MHT.
I remember going to Private Trauma Centre (paid for by medical insurance provided by employer) and being treated with a meditation therapy which involved playing music which travelled in waves from one ear on one side of the head to the other side.
I was quite badly depressed and had been sleeping 3 hours a night for several weeks by then. The therapy actually made me go to sleep on one occasion. But what I remember best is the Trainee Psychologist, a hugely empathetic young lady from South Africa, pausing and saying:
"I do understand that you need your sleep. Everyone deserves a good night's sleep." It was the first time in 30 years that any professional - GP, psychiatrist or psychologist - had acknowledged that sleep was a problem.
When I read thick reports published by @BPSOfficial. When I read scientific treatises from @rcpsych. I remember my first NHS psychiatrist. Well respected in field of affective disorders, renowned for his innovative approach. One of most brutal & callous men I have met.
We need a fresh approach in mental health. We need professionals who are more interested in listening to their patients than writing lengthy tomes about their innovative ideas. More common sense, less theory.

Less professionalisation of distress.

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