Did you read the post properly? "Depression" is undoutedly an overused term, which can - when used in its non-clinical sense - lead to misguided views such as those of both commentators here. The post discusses actual mental illness, not malingering.
Consider my own case. I have psychotic symptoms, including severe delusions and persecutory voices. There is a possibility of these presenting a danger to both myself and others, and when they and other hallucinations are at their worst, I do not know what is real and what is not. Furthermore, I have strong dissociative features, right up to and including fugues and amnesia. Google is your friend if you fail to understand these terms at the minute.
And I am far from the most serious case.
As far as actual clinical depression goes, clearly you both have never experienced it or anything approaching it. It renders you unable to so much as lift your head off your pillow, nevermind work. If you are working on the presumption that all "depressed" people do is sit about watching Jeremy Kyle, then regrettably you display your ignorance. Truly clinically depressed people can do almost literally nothing.
Interestingly, it is when people start to feel less severely depressed that they are more likely to kill themselves. They aren't even physically capable when at their worst.
I am interested to know why you feel that I am a malinger when you clearly haven't read much of my writings. I have 11 GCSEs, 3 'A' levels and an 'AS' level, a degree and a post-graduate diploma (which was meant to be a Masters degree, but unfortunately I had a serious breakdown rendering me incapable of completion. This was funded at my own expense and did not affect the British taxpayer in any way, so it was only me that lost out). Furthermore, I worked since I was 16 in a range of full and part-time jobs, depending on school/university terms. Two years ago, I had an extremely serious breakdown during which I was diagnosed with a veritable plethora of psychiatric illnesses; unfortunately, I lost my full-time, fairly decent job, which I had mostly loved prior to going off ill. I have sought therapy and medication in both the NHS and private sector since, but due to a number of circumstances beyond my control, have only now met a therapist that I truly believe to be competent.
I would not have sought such a good education and work experience if I wanted to malinger. The social security agency have even made it clear that I am one of their most obvious non-faking cases. I have a verified IQ of 148 (just missed out on Mensa, bah!). Intelligent people do not want to be unemployed! The prospect, and the reality, are abhorrent to me. My primary goal in treatment is to return to work at the earliest juncture, as virtually everyone who has been in contact with me regarding the issue would attest.
So, I should be very interested to hear why you think I am guilty of "idleness" and being "workshy". I don't frequently get drunk and have never peed on the street, so should be interested in your basis for this allegation also, and also I would be interested to learn why it is assumed that all benefit claimants live in council houses. I don't.
Oh and re: Romania. I went there as part of a lower sixth school trip (School Aid Romania) to help orphaned kids and saw so many people, young and old, suffering from illnesses, physical and mental, living in the gutter with virtually nothing to eat. I wouldn't care if they were just lazy sods, but sadly for your argument, and they have no infrastructure whatever to deal with such people. As you may imagine, it is hard to regard parts of such a country
I presume you have never used the NHS, for which I also pay, and don't believe in things like cancer and lung disease. Fair enough; hopefully you'll never be in the position where you need health care at all, never mind to the extent where you may have to take time off work, in order to eventually return to it stronger.
Look forward to your responses.