I have found it so hard to see the positive when I am enduring depression. For many years after the last episode I had more depression than joy. I can honestly say, that a lot of my depression tends to come from circumstances. After the second manic episode, I ended up getting stuck with nothing to encourage or motivate me. Many days I would see no hope in anything. There have been a lot of moments due to the mood swings, but a lot has been my outlook. These past few years, as I gain new perspectives and have learned to look at things differently, I have had better coping skills when it comes to depression. But it's still hard. I encourage anyone who really struggles with depression to hang on. If you think some of it might be due to your circumstances as well, one of the biggest aids to my depression has been finding a counselor that can help me manage my thinking. It's amazing how looking at things from different perspectives can really help circumstantial depression. But the main thing for me personally has been my prayer and devotional life. It's not always where it should be, and when it's not I can tell. I think sometimes, for me anyways, the hardest part was figuring out what is circumstantial and what is due to the bipolar itself. Usually if it's the bipolar it will be after my hypo-mania. That is when I can't figure out why I am depressed.