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If someone is suffering from severe clinical & chronic depression & Is suffering so severely that he no longer has any capacity to experiences joy, how can he be expected to perform even simple mitzvos, much less Davening or Learning BiSimcha, or interacting with his community in a meaningful way? Does he have the status of a Choleh & is therefore exempt from certain “obligations” while in this mental state. If so, to what extent would he be exempt?

Thank You & Be Blessed!

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    Hopefully this isn't practically relevant to you. If it is make sure to forward practical concerns to a competent halakhic authority, and seek proper help – mevaqesh Nov 14 '17 at 4:57
  • People have always been depressed but not anywhere near as prevalent as it is today – user15985 Nov 14 '17 at 6:05
  • Once again thank you Mevaqesh for your insights. Stay Holy! – user15985 Nov 14 '17 at 8:18
  • @user15 maybe they just didn't talk about it much – Double AA Nov 14 '17 at 13:19
  • I’ll have to track it down, but there’s a Gemara in Shabbos which says that the Bavlim has such joyous festivals because they were so depressed the rest of the year. Nevertheless, that’s precisely when the Gemara was composed. This might be at least the start of an answer. – DonielF Nov 15 '17 at 0:26

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